Norwich singer crashes out of The Voice - but gets married in Sprowston

21:27 22 April 2012

Bill Downs, who lost out on The Voice, but gained a wife.

Bill Downs, who lost out on The Voice, but gained a wife.

Millions watched Sprowston singer Bill Downs crash out of TV show The Voice at the weekend, but it was still a happy ending for the musician – his exit meant he got to tie the knot with his childhood sweetheart.

The 24-year-old was on the team of The Script singer Danny O’Donoghue on the popular BBC talent show, but found himself pitted against Londoner Max Milner on Saturday night’s show.

The pair were given Beggin’ by Madcon to sing and wowed all judges, including Jessie J, Sir Tom Jones and

But, to the disappointment of former Sprowston High School pupil Bill, his mentor decided it was Max who would go through to the next round – the live finals.

Before he competed in the top-rated show, Bill and girlfriend Sacha Cullum had been due to get married. But his wife-to-be agreed to put the champagne on ice to give him his shot at stardom.

The couple managed to re-book the church and reception venue after his early exit and the big day went ahead as scheduled.

He said: “Obviously the show was pre-recorded so we pretty much had just over a month to get things back on track in terms of the wedding.

“I was disappointed not to continue on the show but I knew it meant I could get married so it was bit of mixed emotions.

“It was bit of a win-win situation for me.”

The couple, who have been together since they were teenagers, got married at St Mary and St Margaret’s Church in Sprowston. They are set to jet off for their honeymoon in Dubai and Mauritius tomorrow (Monday).

People can still root for local talent on The Voice.

Gorleston mum Toni Warne has made it through after dualling with Londoner Kirtsten Joy.

Miss Warne, of Jenner Road, was picked to continue by her voice coach, Jessie J.

Leanne Mitchell, 28, from Lowestoft, is also still in the competition.


  • I hope that you continue on your musical career and I look forward to hearing you on the wireless one day. Best Regards, Whiley.

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    Whiley Boy

    Thursday, April 26, 2012

  • Out of the pot into the fire!

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    Wednesday, April 25, 2012

  • You were definately the best singer, Max was too full of himself and very annoying to watch Hope you had a lovely day though and best wishes for the future.

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    Tuesday, April 24, 2012

  • In my opinion....they picked the wrong one !! I thought you were the best Bill.

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    Monday, April 23, 2012

  • Bill is an amazing singer I hope he keeps in there as he is a name I think could be around for a long long time...and deserve to be !

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    Thursday, April 26, 2012

  • Toni and Jazz final.

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    Monday, April 23, 2012

  • Toni was marvelous, she deserved to win, what was a fantastic sing off. I think she can go all the way.

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    Monday, April 23, 2012

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