The Voice contestant's 'special treatment'
'The Voice' contestant Jay Norton has allegedly been given "special treatment" from a vocal coach on working on the BBC One show.
'The Voice' contestant Jay Norton is said to have been given "special treatment" from a vocal coach working on the show.
The hopeful was cheered on by the BBC One programme's head vocal coach Juliet Russell during his performance of Aloe Blac's 'I Need A Dollar' on Saturday night (07.04.12) which led to judge will.i.am picking him after just 15 seconds.
But a show insider claims the 24-year-old wannabe had an "advantage" because of his friendship with Juliet, who was praising him on twitter before he sang in the competition.
A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Jay and Juliet have been friends for a long time. They have built up an excellent relationship.
"Juliet was approached to act as a vocal coach on the show, preparing the acts before they go on stage.
"She is meant to give each act equal attention and support, but it's obvious she has a soft spot for Jay. She is meant to be there to make sure all the acts are prepared before they step in front of the judges.
"But how can it be fair when singers are listening to her advice just before they go on for the biggest moment of their life and someone like Jay has had her expertise at his disposal for years.
"If being friends with a head vocal coach on the show isn't an advantage, I don't know what is."
Jay has also sang for Juliet's company Sense of Sound on a talent show, but the BBC insist there was nothing improper about her encouragement.
The source said: "Juliet did not coach Jay at all once he turned up at auditions and she has no say over who the judges pick.
"All she did was help get him a chance on the series."
Meanwhile, 'The Voice' wannabe Bo Bruce - who has landed a place on judge Danny O'Donoghue's team - has released an album in the past and she also reached the semi-final of a Channel 4 singing talent show.
Bo - whose real name is Lady Catherine Brudenell-Bruce - caught the eye of record label bosses when she progressed to the latter stages of the Orange Unsigned Act show in 2008, The Sun newspaper reports.