The Voice viewers were left disappointed during Saturday's show when Mariama Goodmant, former member of the 90s girl group Honeyz, failed to impress the coaches with her solo audition. Despite the excitement of seeing a 90s popstar take to The Voice stage, Mariama's performance did not convince any of the coaches - Olly Murs, Anne-Marie, Sir Tom Jones, and Will.i.am - to turn their chairs.
Before her solo audition, Mariama expressed her desire to see how she would do as a solo artist, admitting that the pressure was higher when performing alone. However, her captivating rendition of Irene Cara's "Out Here on My Own" did not seem to resonate with the judges.
Olly Murs commented on Mariama's performance, stating that although it was a beautiful song choice, she seemed to lose her rhythm and direction in the middle. Tom Jones acknowledged that she was a good singer but remained unimpressed.
After her audition, Mariama shared her nerves and explained that seeing her daughter in the corner affected her performance. Despite the disappointment, she emphasized the importance of showing her daughter that one should pursue their passion regardless of fear.
The decision not to turn their chairs left viewers speechless, with many taking to social media to express their confusion and frustration. Some questioned the judges' choices, noting that they seemed to be hearing something different from what the viewers were hearing. Others praised Mariama's talent and questioned why no coaches decided to mentor her.
Mariama gained fame as one-third of Honeyz, achieving success with three Top 10 hit singles during her time with the group. After leaving the band in 2000, she reunited with her Honeyz bandmates for ITV's The Big Reunion in 2013 and continues to tour with Célena Cherry.
Although Mariama did not make it past her audition on The Voice, her fans are hopeful that she will continue pursuing her passion for music.