Soap star bids to wow Voice coaches

Hampshire Chronicle: Kelsey-Beth Crossley said Kylie Minogue was an inspiration Kelsey-Beth Crossley said Kylie Minogue was an inspiration

The Voice has got a new soap star after former Emmerdale actress Kelsey-Beth Crossley attempts to impress the coaches.

The 21-year-old from Blackpool, who played Scarlett Nicholls in the long-running rural soap for five years, admitted Kylie Minogue was an inspiration.

She said: "Me and K ylie have in common that we both were from a soap and she has had a massive career in the music industry since then.

"I love to sing and it was my first thing that I got into but when I got into Emmerdale I had to put it on the backburner a little bit. I am serious about being a musician and I'm ready."

Also out to impress the judges is 56-year-old Bob Blakeley, a warehouseman from Stockport, whose performance of Cry Me A River gets the audience on their feet and leaves Will.i.am stunned.

The US star tells him: " Your voice is just pristine, you sound like a pro, if Frank Sinatra was here he would be like, 'Wow I wanna take you on tour with me'."

Teenager Jermain Jackman, from Hackney, closes tonight's show with his version of I Am Telling You by Jennifer Hudson. The would-be politician, who works with the Labour Party in east London, said he wants to be " the first singing black prime minister".

Show bosses will be hoping the second episode continues the success of the first which pulled in two million viewers more than last year's launch.

Critics have hailed Kylie's appearance on the show - along with fellow newcomer Ricky Wilson from Kaiser Chiefs - as having boosted the average audience to 8.4 million viewers, well above the 6.2 million who tuned in last year. It also thrashed ITV's celebrity diving show Splash! - which went head to head with the BBC One show - with an audience of 3.7 million, according to overnight ratings.

:: The Voice is on BBC One at 7pm tonight (January 18).

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