IT WASN’T just Sir Tom Jones bringing a little Welsh flavour to Saturday’s episode of TV talent show The Voice UK – with not one, but two singers from Gwent taking the stage.

Dental student Owen Hughes, 22, from Monmouth, showed off his vocal skills in front of the judges – or in front of the backs of their chairs anyway – with a rendition of Don’t Start Now by Dua Lipa.

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And 19-year-old Ella Young, from Llandogo, belted out the Kerry Ellis version of Defying Gravity from the musical Wicked.

Ahead of her blind audition she gave viewers a Welsh lesson on how to pronounce the name of her home village, and admitted to being “quite nervous” about appearing before judges Tom Jones,, Olly Murs and Anne-Marie.

Unfortunately, neither made it through to next round.

Speaking after Ms Young’s performance, legendary Welsh singer Sir Tom said: “I was almost there, but I have too many people already.”

Speaking after the performance, Ms Young said: “It meant a lot – I’ve been thinking about doing this for a long time.”

Mr Hughes left Monmouth School for Boys after taking is A-levels in 2016, and was well known during his time there as the captain of the first XV rugby team.

He is now studying Dentistry at King’s College, London, from where he hopes to graduate this summer.