5 former popstars who auditioned for The Voice UK

5 former popstars who auditioned for The Voice UK

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By Sandrine Tabalo,
Friday, 8th January 2016
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The Voice UK 2016

The talent show returns this weekend on BBC One for the final time

Since The Voice UK  began in 2012 former popstars have entered the competition in an attempt to relaunch their singing career.

In an attempt to 'work just a little bit' at his singing career, former Liberty X star Kevin Simm will be auditioning on this year's series. This begs the question as to which other former artists have appeared on the talent show.

From a leading singer in a sibling RnB band to a former grime artist, let's take a look at some of the pop sensations from our teenage years.  

Deniece Pearson

Four years ago former lead singer of 1980s sibling RnB group Five Star, Deniece Pearson, performed at the blind auditions. The band are known for songs such as Can't Wait Another Minute and Find the Time. Despite three of the judges not turning around, Sir Tom Jones couldn't wait a minute longer and pressed his button to give the singer another shot at her career.

Sean Conlon

In the same year as Pearson, ex-5ive member Sean Conlon performed at the blind auditions in a second attempt to make a success of his solo career. However the red chairs remained stationary as he sung his version of Colplay's Trouble. Later that year 5ive fans were delighted when Conlon performed with his bandmates for a reunion.

Danny Foster

In 2013 the Pure and Simple singer performed a jazz version of the Spice Girls's song Wannabe. However the judges found that his version of the pop song was “weird.” Subsequently his dreams of relaunching his singing career as a solo artist were shattered after none of the panel wanted him on their team.

Leo Ihenacho

In 2014 the former Streets star didn’t have to dry his eyes when he impressed the judges at his blind audition with Simply Red's Holding Back The Years. However it seemed that judge Kylie Minogue couldn’t get the singer out of her head when she ran behind the red chair to compose herself, after his audition.

Esmée Denters 

The majority of twentysomethings watching this episode of The Voice would have remembered dancing around their rooms to the singer's hit, Outta Here and to her collaboration with Justin Timberlake. All of the judges pressed their buttons to watch her stunning version of Coldplay's Yellow. While Esmée Denters chose Black Eyed Peas singer Will.i.am, she failed to make it past the knockout stages. 

The new series will kick off on BBC One for the last time at 7:30pm with new two judges. 

From 2017 the entertainment format will be shown on ITV.

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The talent show returns this weekend on BBC One for the final time