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Voice contestant Jermain Jackman has said that he is “ecstatic” about his triumph in last week’s quarter-finals.
Speaking to the Hackney Post after the first live episode of the series on Saturday night, he said that it has been difficult to see some of the talented contestants leave the show.
Jermain said: “It was amazing to get a fast pass, especially since I was surrounded by such amazing singers. Everyone on the show is like a brother or a sister to me.
“It became very real on the night. There were a lot of tears.”
Despite the added pressures of performing on live television, Jermain said that the experience was “the same as being on the recorded shows”.
He added: “It just flew over my head.”
After the battle rounds, Jermain told the Hackney Post that the support flooding in for the young singer has been “overwhelming”.
“I’ve learned so much from Will.i.am and the other contestants. We all come for different walks of life and I’m just glad and humbled by the support. It’s crazy, there are people from Germany, Russia, Iceland, my family in America… it’s amazing to have that network of support.”
Outside of The Voice, Jermain has continued his work for Hackney Labour as the party’s youth coordinator.
He previously suggested that he is interested in both the role of prime minister and mayor of London, while Sir Tom Jones has dubbed him “the singing politician”.
Jermain said: “I don’t know how I find so much time to do everything but I’ve just learned how to juggle different things all at once. I don’t like to stay at home too much.”
Also revealed was Jermain’s offer of a place at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is currently seeking a way to fund his studies.
Eight hopefuls remain for the live semi-finals. Also receiving free passes were Sally Barker, Christina Marie and Jamie Johnson. They were joined by Sophie May, Bizzi Dixon, Chris Royal and Lee Glasson, who were voted through by the public.
Although Jermain has to stay quiet with regards to what audiences should expect for the semi-finals, he has promised that it will be an intense competition.
“There are a lot of surprises in store for the semi-finals. No one knows what the public is thinking so it’s all about the performance: the work and passion you put into it all.”
The Voice continues on Saturday 29 March at 7pm on BBC One.