Hopefuls try out to get chairs spinning on The Voice UK

DOZENS of nervous singers turned up to try out for a hit BBC One show.

The Voice UK which features Ricky Wilson, Will.i.am, Tom Jones and Rita Ora as judges came to the area yesterday.

Marley Blandfordfrom Portsmouth Picture: Sarah Standing (150888-1574)

Marley Blandfordfrom Portsmouth Picture: Sarah Standing (150888-1574)

Auditions were held at the Crown Hotel, Emsworth as a part of Nigel’s Open Mic Night where producers pitched up to hear local talent.

Unlike other talent shows, The Voice sees singers selected solely on their vocals, as the judges have their chairs turned away throughout the audition process so not to be swayed by looks.

And 49-year-old Sharon Thyme, from Warsash said that was the reason why she was trying out for The Voice.

She said: ‘I think with X Factor it is more about the sob story but The Voice is more authentic.

‘I would go to the open auditions if they thought I was what they were looking for.’

Others had applied for the show in series four but were unsuccessful so used the open mic night as a second attempt.

Hannah Cross, 20, from Port Solent said: ‘I applied for The Voice last year but I didn’t get through.

‘I thought I would come here and try again as I knew I would have regretted it if I didn’t.’

Hannah tried to impress the judge by singing The Script’s I’m Yours.

‘I had three songs to choose from and this was my second choice but I’m glad I sang it,’ she said.

‘I didn’t tell anyone that I was coming here.’

Also having more than one song to prepare was 37-year-old Tash Relf, from Southborne.

She said: ‘I had three songs that I had wanted to do but I didn’t have a backing track for my first choice.

‘I chose America by Razorlight because I love it.

‘I had applied for The Voice a couple of years ago but I chickened out.’

Some had already starred centre stage.

Marley Blandford from North End performed on BBC1’s Frank Sinatra: Our Way earlier this year.

The 20-year-old said: ‘It is every musician’s dream to be in spotlight, and this is something different from what I have done before.’

‘I had been performing at these open mic nights for three years and I am friends with Nigel who runs the night, and he suggested I came down.

‘Now I have done this I would go to the open auditions.’

The show also visited Albert Road’s Wedgewood Rooms where they heard a range of talent with many looking to now go to open auditions for the programme’s fifth series.

Amy Green, a researcher from Wall to Wall, the team behind the show said: ‘The day was good, we saw a lot of talent.’