Five people attend Voice audition

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Reggie Yates

Reggie Yates

An open audition for 'The Voice' was cancelled as only five singers wanted to take part.

An open audition for 'The Voice' has been axed because only five singers wanted to take part.

Scouts for the show - which suffered plummeting ratings and the cancellation of a planned tour at the end of the first series - were due to attend an open-mic session at The Coffee Room Cafe Bar in Birmingham on Saturday (21.07.12) to find performers good enough to make the second round of filmed auditions in August and September but scrapped the event due to lack of interest.

A BBC source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "This axed open mic audition is all a bit embarrassing given how the series ended.

"Our scouts are looking for people to register for the national round of try-outs next month but this was a wasted night.

"We still have a long way to go to make sure the second series bounces back and is a big hit."

However, a BBC spokesperson insisted the session was not an official audition and another try-out held in the city attracted more hopefuls.

The representative added: "Saturday's event was an open mic night organised by a local businessman.

"Our official auditions will run nationwide in August and September and we've had a huge, fantastic response. More than 25,000 people have already applied - a figure that is higher than last year."

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