The Voice hopefuls get secret coaching

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Hopefuls appearing on 'The Voice' reportedly go through vocal training before auditioning for the judges, it has been revealed.

'The Voice' contestants reportedly receive secret coaching before they audition.

Hopefuls wanting to make the grade and be chosen by Jessie J, Sir Tom Jones, Danny O'Donoghue or will.i.am on the star-search programme are talent-spotted before given specialist training and rehearsal time with the live band that accompanies them when they audition, a contestant has revealed.

Hannah Berney - who was contacted by producers through music venue Mama Stones, which is run by Joss Stone's mother Wendy Joseph - admitted: "They give you so much support. The show is the biggest opportunity of our lives and they don't want people to be put in the spotlight without any preparation."

Hannah admits she opted to audition for 'The Voice' instead of one of Simon Cowell's shows, 'Britain's Got Talent' and 'The X Factor', because of the help given to contestants.

She told The Sun newspaper: "He's more of a music mogul. I don't know if he could coach, telling you how to exactly change your voice etc. But the feedback on 'The Voice' is really vocally centred."

A spokesperson for 'The Voice' insisted there was nothing underhand about the help given to contestants as the show wants to help nurture the artists.

A spokesperson said: "'The Voice' helps artists to be the best they can be, so they get help every step of the way, including vocal coaching and band rehearsals. The audition process is one of support."

A BBC source added: "We are not just shoving people on stage, treating them like cattle and ridiculing them."

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