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Cleopatra's Cleo Higgins, uncle of Corrie star try out for 'Voice' UK

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Cleo Higgins leads the third round of blind auditions in tonight's episode of The Voice UK.

Formerly the lead singer of pop act Cleopatra and now a mum of two and trained chef, Higgins is seen hoping to relaunch her musical career.

The Voice - Season 2, Episode 3: Cleo Higgins

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Cleo Higgins



"I am so tired of people recognising me for my history and not hearing what I'm capable of doing as a performer now," says the 30-year-old.

Barry James Thomas - the 49-year-old uncle of Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas and Emmerdale's Adam Thomas - also does his best to send the coaches spinning.

The Voice - Season 2, Episode 3: Barry James Thomas

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Barry James Thomas



Singing Etta James classic 'Something's Got A Hold On Me', 18-year-old self-confessed "small town girl" Elise Evans is another contestant hoping for a shot at stardom.

She is joined by fellow teenage auditionees Conor Scott - an 18-year-old Belfast busker - "ultimate Jessie J super-fan" Lem Knights and 19-year-old Mitchel Emms, who once appeared as Kurt Cobain on Stars in their Eyes Kids and has a link to heavy metal band Judas Priest.

The Voice - Season 2, Episode 3: Mitchel Emms

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Mitchel Emms

The Voice - Season 2, Episode 3: Lovelle

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Lovelle



Further hopefuls looking to impress Tom Jones, Jessie J, Danny O'Donoghue and will.i.am are 22-year-old waitress Lovelle Hill, fashion savvy 23-year-old Leah McFall from Belfast and 27-year-old Amy Wilkinson from Newcastle - who pulled out of auditioning for The Voice in 2012 when her nerves got the better of her.

Rounding off the episode are Blackpool cabaret talent Emma Louise Jackson and singing duo Shelley and Maxine - known collectively as DIVA.

The Voice UK continues tonight at 6.45pm on BBC One.

[The Voice series two, episode three - pictures]

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