Thursday 29 September 2016

Hopefuls aim to impress The Voice judges in blind auditions

Published 16/01/2016 | 21:11

Boy George is back in the spotlight as a judge for The Voice
Boy George is back in the spotlight as a judge for The Voice

Lydia Lucy, a former contestant on The X Factor, has impressed judges with her blind audition for The Voice.

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The 22-year-old from Essex performed Trouble by Iggy Azalea featuring Jennifer Hudson for the all-star judging panel of will.i.am, Boy George, Paloma Faith and Ricky Wilson.

Lucy appeared on The X Factor in 2013, but exited the competition during the controversial six chair challenge stage of boot camp when she was axed by Nicole Scherzinger.

"I want to be successful in music," she said as she stepped ont o the stage for her audition on the BBC One talent series.

"There's nothing else I want to do, and I'm ready to take the chance."

Three coaches hit their buzzers for Lucy, with only Faith choosing not to turn.

"I think you're an amazing singer," said Boy George.

"Your singing is like ... wowzers!" will.i.am enthused.

"I know that on paper, you're going to go with Will, but I'm not going to give up that easy," declared Wilson.

But, as he suspected, Lucy chose to join will.i.am's team.

The young singer is no stranger to television as she has also appeared in ITVBe's The Only Way Is Essex.

Charley Blue, a classically trained performer from Kent, kicked off week two of the blind auditions.

The 24-year-old violin player wowed three of the coaches with her rendition of Roll Over Beethoven.

Once again, Faith did not turn her chair.

Blue chose to be mentored by will.i.am, the first person to hit the buzzer.

Chase Morton, 30, won Boy George over with his version of If You Want Me To Stay by Sly and the Family Stone.

Following his audition, the mixed martial artist demonstrated some of his skills on Wilson.

Boy George also spun his chair for Melissa Cavanagh, 25, from Sunderland. She performed Blame by Calvin Harris featuring John Newman.

The Culture Club singer was the only coach to turn for student Harry Fisher.

The 18-year-old, who belted out Let It Go by James Bay, has been singing since he was seven.

Megan Reece, 28, from Wolverhampton, performed What You Don't Do by Lianne La Havas.

The mum-of-four had to choose between Boy George and Faith.

Both coaches pulled out all the stops to lure Reece to their team.

"I've sung with Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson. I know about soul music, that's my pitch," said Boy George.

"If we're going to go there, I've sung with Prince," Faith replied.

"I've slept with Prince!" Boy George retorted, as everyone laughed.

He was referring to a poster in his bedroom of the US pop star in Purple Rain.

Janine Dyer, 38, had her pick of the panel with the exception of will.i.am.

The wife of former professional footballer Bruce Dyer enthralled the judges with a gospel rendition of Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel. She decided to join Wilson's team.

At the end of the second week of blind auditions, Faith and Wilson have three acts each for their respective teams.

Boy George and will.i.am both have four singers.

The Voice continues on BBC One next week.

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