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Friday 23 March 2018

Flying start for new Voice coaches

Will.i.am, Ricky Wilson, Kylie Minogue and Sir Tom Jones attend the launch of BBC show The Voice
Will.i.am, Ricky Wilson, Kylie Minogue and Sir Tom Jones attend the launch of BBC show The Voice

New coaches Kylie Minogue and Ricky Wilson hit the ground running on The Voice when they each acquired two acts for their "teams" in the first auditions of the latest series of the BBC1 show tonight.

The Australian pop princess must have had an indication that Lee Glasson, a 31-year-old insurance manager from Coventry, would want to work with her when he performed her hit Can't Get You Out Of My Head.

She told him: "Your voice is really arresting, it's kind of other-worldly. Thank you for that amazing rendition."

Leo Ihenacho, 36, from south London, who was formerly in a band called The Streets, picked Kylie over Sir Tom Jones after they were impressed by his version of Holding Back The Years.

The singer said: "Tom, you are a legend, you've got to forgive me because I've fancied Charlene since I was this high" - a reference to the character Minogue played in the soap Neighbours.

Kaiser Chiefs frontman Wilson was chosen to coach Christina Marie, 20, from Bristol, who performed Whitney Houston's ballad I Have Nothing.

And he was also selected by Beth McCarthy, 16, from York, whose version of Sexy And I Know It won the admiration of Minogue and Wilson.

She said she had been playing gigs since she was 13, with her father as her roadie, and Wilson told her: "I don't think I was even allowed on the train into Leeds at 16."

Sir Tom was chosen by Sally Barker, 54, from Lutterworth, Leicestershire, who has supported Bob Dylan and Robert Plant in the past, and performed Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood.

The Welsh superstar told her: "You swept me off my feet or off my chair - whichever way I'm going to put it - you have the most beautiful voice that's been on this show so far."

The other coach, will.i.am, was chosen by Anna McLuckie, 17, from Edinburgh, a music student, who performed Daft Punk hit Get Lucky while accompanying herself on the harp.

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