The Voice hopefuls in Wolverhampton auditions

Talented singers bravely got up on stage and belted their hearts out in a bid to win a place on hit TV show The Voice.

Jack Cattell from Wednesbury after singing at the voice auditions taking place at The Royal London
Jack Cattell from Wednesbury after singing at the voice auditions taking place at The Royal London

The ITV show is returning for 2019 and is looking for solo performers, double acts, or - for the first time ever - trios to sign up and take part.

Open mic nights are being hosted across the country for wannabe pop stars to show off their vocals - one was held at The Royal London pub in Wolverhampton on Friday.

Darcelle Wright-Harvey from Wrens Nest, Dudley

The show has featured stars Jessie J,, and Tom Jones among others as celebrity judges in the past. Its famous swivelling chairs ensures each contestant is marked purely on their voice rather than what they look like.

Jack Cattall, aged 21, only decided on the day to take part in the Royal London open mic night - he said it was his dream to become a recognised singer and songwriter.

The chemistry student from Wednesbury performed Ed Sheeran's Galway Girl but with a unique twist - mashed up with Lazy Song by Bruno Mars, Paradise City by Guns N Roses, Stacey's Mom by Fountains of Wayne, and Aqua's famous Barbie Girl.

Dan Ryder from Bushbury

He said: "I've been singing at open mics for about two years. I'd say my style is sort of folk rock - Frank Turner is my idol.

"I got a really good reception even though it was just a last minute thing really. I was asked if I wanted to do it by a friend earlier.

"If I got on The Voice it would be crazy, a really different experience to open mic nights."

Dale Bligdon from Wolverhampton

Dale Bligdon, of The Scotlands, stopped carefree Friday night drinkers in their tracks with his rendition of 'I Know Where I've Been' from the hit musical Hairspray.

The 33-year-old BetFred worker said: "That song won me a competition to sing at Birmingham Pride last year, which was just incredible.

"And the reaction I got tonight was amazing, you just can't beat the feel of it to be honest.

Applicants must be at least 16 years of age on or before October 1 to take part in the Voice.

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