Stars of the future aim to wow spotters

The Voice auditions at The Galleon, Blackpool. Pictured is Jennifer Ball.

The Voice auditions at The Galleon, Blackpool. Pictured is Jennifer Ball.

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Talented music hopefuls vying for a chance to impress some of the industry’s biggest names have been performing in front of TV talent scouts.

Producers from BBC show The Voice visited The Galleon Bar, on Abingdon Street, Blackpool, and Blackpool Music Academy, on Waterloo Road, to cast their eye over the town’s budding stars of the future.

Performers sang music from an array of artists in the hope of impressing the visitors and winning a place in the audition process of the BBC One show’s third series, featuring judges Jessie J, Tom Jones, Danny O’Donogue and Will.I.Am. The show will air next year.

Stephen Pierre, owner of The Galleon Bar, said: “This is an open showcase as opposed to an audition which is open to everyone over 16 to come on stage and show what they can do.

“The producers are trying to catch somebody who ordinarily might not have the confidence to travel to a big open audition.”

Everyone from pensioners to students took to the stage to try and win a place on the show, which places an emphasis on the performer’s voice and not the rounded pop star image.

Mum Sophie Von Brevern-Randles, 22, performed At Last by Etta James.

She said: “It would mean so much to be given a chance. I have a family and I want to show the people who bullied me at school what I can do.”

Kay Paul, 75, of College Avenue, Cleveleys, added: “Singing makes me feel young and The Voice is fantastic. I used to work with Tom Jones in the 60s and he was fabulous.”

Applications are open until June 23 by logging on to bbc.co.uk/thevoice.

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