Search for The Voice winner comes to city

JUDGES Voice stars, from left, Ricky Wilson, Rita Ora, Tom Jones and Will.I.Am
JUDGES Voice stars, from left, Ricky Wilson, Rita Ora, Tom Jones and Will.I.Am
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IF you think you could wow Will.I.Am or rock Ricky Wilson, then you might just have the chance when The Voice comes to Portsmouth.

The production team of the hit series is coming to the city on May 21 to hear local singers who fancy their chances at appearing on the Saturday night programme.

Amy Green, a researcher at Wall to Wall, the team behind the show, said: ‘We’re looking forward to coming. We want to hear as much local talent as possible.’

Hopefuls’ performances will be filmed and they will have the chance to have their questions answered about the show’s auditions, which take place in June.

Amy added: ‘These are not formal auditions – the idea behind these meetings was to allow people to put a face to the process and to give auditionees someone they can go to if they have any questions.’

Time-slots will be given to those who wish to attend.

Amy said: ‘It is hoped that we can encourage as many people as possible to apply for the show from these meetings.

The Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea, which has played host to bands including Oasis, is one of The Voice’s local venues.

Amy said: ‘We chose the Wedgewood Rooms as we were speaking to different music studios and someone recommended the venue as it is a famous place in the area so we thought it would be perfect for the showcase.’

The Voice team will also meet people who think they have got what it takes to get the coaches chairs spinning at Nigel’s Open Mic at The Crown Hotel, Emsworth on Thursday from 8pm.

The winner of The Voice UK, which first launched in 2012, receives £100,000 and a record deal.

There are several stages for singers to get through including open auditions in June, song battles and live shows.

Anyone who wants to go to the Wedgewood Rooms or The Crown Hotel in Emsworth to meet a member of The Voice UK’s production team should email: amy.green@walltowall.co.uk.

Anyone who applies for the show must be 16 years of age or older by June 17, and must have the right to live and work in the UK for more than 20 hours a week.