Tom Jones Surprises Crowd Singing Rock And Roll Classic
Joshua Patton 11/28/2018
If you are a viewer of the hit series The Voice, you come to the show ready to hear plenty of singing, just not from one of the judges.
The whole concept of the show is that raw, undiscovered talent would find its way to the show's stage. Then, at the moment of their big break, music industry professionals will throw in with them. These celebrities guide them into being the next big star.
On the latest series of The Voice in the United Kingdom, there are no shortage of stars in the big chairs. Jennifer Hudson, Olly Murs, and Will.I.Am. Yet, there may be no bigger star on that stage than Sir Tom Jones.
Viewers of the show usually only ever see smooth transitions from one contestant to the other. However, in reality, there is often quite a bit of time in between the acts. The judges are left to sit there, goofing around, while the audience waits. Also waiting is the next contestant.
Will.I.Am, in the spirit of goofiness, shouted to the unnamed next contestant backstage. "Don't be nervous," he shouted, "just bring that fire." Jennifer Hudson seemed delighted by how Will.I.Am said the word, and told him to put it in a song. That's when a, seemingly bored, Tom Jones spoke up.
He leaned over to Jennifer and said:
"We could do 'Great Balls of Fire.'"
After a brief burst of applause from the audience at the suggestion, Tom Jones belted out the opening lines. Jennifer reacted with an almost yearning surprise, while Will.I.Am accompanied Tom with percussion on his judge's stand.
There are some out there on the internet skeptical of whether or not this is truly an impromptu performance. They think it seems "too good" to be off-the-cuff. It's possible, but it's still a testament to Tom Jones' skill as a singer that we can't really tell.
"Great Balls of Fire" is a classic blues song, and one Tom Jones has covered often. Written by Otis Blackwell and Jack Hammer, it was first recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis. It returned to the charts as one of Little Richard's staples in concert. And, of course, Tom Jones is known to cover it as well.
It's a song that most session musicians probably know, especially ones as well-versed in cover songs as The Voice musicians. So, it seems just as likely as not that Tom Jones couldn't help himself and just started singing.
The crowd loved it, and so did his fellow judges. Will.I.Am jumped on top of his judges podium and danced. Jennifer Hudson danced around her chair as well. The crowd even got in on it, singing along with Tom Jones and the rest of the crew.
The Voice is great because we get to see new talent showing off their skills in a professional, public setting. But it's also great because sometimes legends like Tom Jones are the judges and can't help but give us a show.