IT WASN’T just Sir Tom Jones bringing a little Welsh flavour to Saturday’s episode of TV talent show The Voice UK - with not one, but two singers from Gwent taking the stage.

Dental student Owen Hughes, 22, from Monmouth, showed off his vocal skills in front of the judges - or in front of the backs of their chairs anyway - with a rendition of Don’t Start Now by Dua Lipa.

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Owen Hughes on The Voice UK. Picture: ITV

And 19-year-old Ella Young, from Llandogo, belted out the Kerry Ellis version of Defying Gravity from the musical Wicked.

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Ella Young on The Voice UK. Picture: ITV

Ahead of her blind audition she gave viewers a Welsh lesson on how to pronounce the name of her home village, and admitted to being “quite nervous” about appearing before judges Tom Jones,, Olly Murs and Anne-Marie.


Unfortunately, neither made it through to next round. Speaking after Ms Young’s performance, legendary Welsh singer Sir Tom said: “I was almost there, but I have too many people already.”

Speaking after the performance, Ms Young said: “It meant a lot – I’ve been thinking about doing this for a long time.”

Mr Hughes left Monmouth School for Boys after taking is A-levels in 2016, and was well known during his time there as the captain of the first XV rugby team.