The Voice has been hit by a ‘fix’ scandal in tonight’s opening episode after one contestant’s secret connections were revealed.
Sir Tom Jones was stunned when he spun round on his chair and discovered the singer was the son of his old friend, Lonnie Donegan.
The Welsh legend choked back tears when he realised who Peter’s famous father was – and admitted he hadn’t even realised he had a son that young.
Sir Tom managed to secure the services of Peter for his team as he progressed through the blind audition stage.
The pair then sang an impromptu duet Never Gonna Fall In Love Again, written by Lonnie and released by Sir Tom in 1967.
Peter was revealed to be the son of Lonnie Donegan
Tom was ecstatic when he found out
- The Voice singer stuns Tom Jones as he is revealed as legendary Lonnie Donegan’s son
The touching moment was lost on some viewers, who voiced their displeasure at Peter’s connection to Sir Tom on social media.
Taking to Twitter, one viewer said: "This smells of a fix, the guy before was 10 times better than this guy. Then he didn’t write a song for Tom Jones"
"Your weekly @RealSirTomJones fix starts right now," added another.
A third said: "I wish I’d put a bet on Tom saying exactly this!! So set up! I knew he was going to say "no relation to Lonnie?" etc and "I used to sing with your father" Fix. The other guy sounded better."
Peter Donegan won a place in the next round
Lonnie Donegan was known as the King of Skiffle
Scottish Lonnie, who died in 2002, was known as the King Of Skiffle, after the 1950s’ folk music genre influenced by blues and jazz.
The legend had a string of hits in the 50s and 60s and became a strong influence to 1960s British pop musicains.
Sir Tom, 78, said: “I couldn’t believe it. Never Gonna Fall In Love Again is a song that I still do in my act.
“It was quite emotional singing it. A couple of the notes I couldn’t get out. It just stuck in my throat.”
Sir Tom Jones turned his chair around for Peter
Peter’s performance made the coaches feel very emotional
Beaming Sir Tom said he is thrilled to have Peter on his team heading into the next round.
He added: “I didn’t know Lonnie had a son that young.”
Fellow coach Olly Murs, 34, also struggled through the song because it reminded him of his split from girlfriend Francesca Thomas in 2015.
He admitted: “When I broke up with my ex, that was one of the songs I listened to. When Tom sang it next to me I was like, don’t cry. It was emotional.”
* T he Voice airs on Saturdays on ITV at 8pm
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