A star of The Voice UK who is a Wolves fan is to sing at Wembley after all – courtesy of star defender Ryan Bennett.
Rue Jay, who owns Vivid Ink tattoo and piercings studio, was giving Bennett, 29, his latest inking and mentioned his friend Jason Jones, who reached the semi-final of the hit ITV show in 2017, had missed out on a seat for the FA Cup semi-final against Watford at Wembley on April 7.
Wolves’ allocation of 33,000 tickets were sold in five days to season ticket holders and members.
So Jay, who has branches in Sutton Coldfield, Stafford and Lichfield, sent Bennett YouTube footage of Jones’s The Voice UK ‘blind’ audition from January 2017 when he sang Pillowtalk by Zayn – and it sealed the deal.
Burntwood father-of-one Jones, 34, who went all the way to the semi-finals himself on The Voice from 40 contestants, posted on Facebook: “Omg!! As if Rue Jay has got me a ticket for Wolves v Watford at Wembley courtesy of Ryan Bennett!!!!”
Jay messaged Bennett: “You absolute legend! He’s going to be buzzing!!! I owe you one. He’s literally crying.”
Bennett replied: “No worries man.” And, after watching the video, messaged back saying: “He can sing!”
Jones added: “Firstly Rue you don’t know how happy and grateful I am.
“Ryan has had some amazing tattoo work done through Vivid Ink tattoos. Rue told Ryan how desperate I was to go to Wembley and Ryan has sent me a ticket. Wow, wow, wow.
“He also likes my Voice audition. So so grateful. Thank you so much. Wembley here I come!!”
Jay wouldn’t reveal what Bennett’s latest tattoo is, saying it was ‘personal’.
Jones’s two-minute clip, from the first episode of the sixth series of the hit show and watched by seven million viewers on ITV, has attracted nearly 8.1m views on YouTube.
In it, all four judges hit the ‘I Want You’ button, starting with will.i.am and Jennifer Hudson, then Gavin Rossdale and finally, Sir Tom Jones.
Jason, who was the first contestant to sing in that series at MediaCity, Salford, was one of only two of nine singers in the first episode who won the vote from all four judges, along with eventual winner Mo Adeniran, who sang Paulo Nutini’s ‘Iron Sky’.
will.i.am and Hudson take less than a minute to turn their chairs around, with Hudson urging Sir Tom: “You’d better turn around!” She then says of Jason: “Is that him?”
Following his success in the first episode, Jason got through the next stage after being invited back to be coached by will.i.am.
He sang ‘Into You’ by Ariana Grande, polling 18.78 per cent of the public vote – the second highest of will.i.am’s contestants to Michelle John, who performed ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’ by 28.18 per cent, to qualify for the live shows.
He made it all the way to the semi-finals, singing Kings Of Leon’s ‘Use Somebody’, before being eliminated.
Jason has continued to perform, singing regularly all over the West Midlands. He is available for bookings by calling 01984 632863, via his Facebook page Jason Jones Music or by tweeting @jasejonessinger.