Battle Rounds edit was ‘inexcusable’

Ben Kelly
Ben Kelly

Derry’s Ben Kelly has said he feels very “let down” by the producers of ‘The Voice’ after his battle round performance was edited significantly for Sunday night’s edition of the top rated BBC talent show.

The local singer, who had at one stage been tipped to win the overall competion, was beaten to the live shows by Ruth Ann St Luce after their performance of Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’.

The Battle Rounds were filmed back in February so while Ben said he knew he didn’t make it through the live shows, he was looking forward to seeing the battle and gaining that much needed television exposure.

“I gave it my all. I wanted the audience to be able to decide for themselves who should have gone through.”

However little of the YouTube sensation’s round was screened - leaving him with a sour taste in his mouth.

“I do feel let down by the producers of the show,” Ben told the ‘Journal’. “Every step of the way we were told it didn’t matter if we went through or not at least we would get another chance to perform on national television - but the edit was inexcusable.

“They didn’t even screen my parting shot - people are asking me if it was edited because I kicked off. I didn’t. I am very grateful for the experience and I thanked everyone for helping me get that far.”

For more of this interview, and for news of Ben’s upcoming gigs in Derry, see tomorrow’s Derry Journal.