Talent scouts from The Voice in town

The four stars might not be travelling to the Fylde Coast, but this is your chance to shine for scouts from BBC One's The Voice TV programme next week.
The four stars might not be travelling to the Fylde Coast, but this is your chance to shine for scouts from BBC One's The Voice TV programme next week.
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Tom Jones isn’t in town and there’ll be no Jessie J or Will.i.am either but fans of The Voice listen up - this is your chance to get on the show and make a name for yourself.

Producers of the hit BBC show are in Blackpool from Monday to Wednesday next week and are determined to unearth a gem or two on their visit.

They want to pick out some top singers and invite them onto the next series of the show, which gets almost 10 million viewers.

Two talent-spotters from the BBC will go to the Galleon Bar open mic night on Monday to listen to wannabe stars. While in town they will also visit theatre schools and drop in on am dram groups.

They have also booked a conference room in the resort and are able to arrange private audition.

Nick Walker, assistant producer on the show, said: “Myself and a colleague will be in town for three days. We know Blackpool is billed as the entertainment capital of the north and we are looking forward to hearing what it has got to offer.

“Everybody in local areas knows someone who is good who might not necessarily apply off their own back and needs a nudge.

“We are literally open to anybody. It doesn’t matter what shape, size or how old you are, or if you’ve never done anything in public before - as anyone who’s seen the show will know, it’s all about the voice.”

Goodness knows how many people will turn up to the Galleon Bar’s open mic on Monday but owner Stephen Pierre is delighted his venue has been selected.

He said: “The Galleon used to be such a famous music place until it closed about eight years ago. We reopened it in 2010 and we’ve put so much hard work into getting it back to where it was - so the fact the BBC are coming here is nice recognition of what we’ve done with the place.

“There won’t be any cameras - it’s just a preliminary audition. But I think we’ll have queues around the block, I really do, and what we’ll get is some of the underdogs - those people who are really good but wouldn’t bother travelling to an audition in a big city like Manchester or London.

“Susan Boyle was exactly that - she didn’t quite know how good she was. We’ve got people as talented as that in Blackpool - I know because I see them at my open mic nights.”

Those planning to sing at the Galleon in front of the Beeb producers need to arrive early. Registration and soundchecks begin at 6.30pm, with the open mic night starting ay 8.30pm.

The BBC stress they can’t listen to every single act who turns up and encourage people in Blackpool who want a private audition to email enquiries@thevoiceuk.co.uk

And don’t worry if you don’t get heard next week - there are open auditions for the show taking place in July (register on the show’s official website by midnight on Sunday June 23).

“This is just a bit of talent scouting prior to the main auditions, just to see if we can spot someone special,” added Nick from the BBC. “We’ve been all over, Cornwall, Birmingham... I’ve just got back from Scotland. Who knows, Blackpool might just have the best of the lot.”