Former Cleopatra star Cleo Higgins said she turned down the chance to reunite her old group for a reality television show so she could pursue her dream of a solo career on The Voice.
The singer, from Manchester, found fame with two of her sisters when they had a top five hit in 1998 with Cleopatra's Theme before going on to star in their own TV show and tour the United States.
But the 30-year-old mother-of two said she did not want to apply for Britain's Got Talent or The X Factor which she said was obsessed with finding "new, young" talent, despite the fact that her ex Marlon McKenzie appeared on the show in 2008.
She said: "With The Voice it's about the voice, with BGT it's a variety show and you could lose to a dog or a magician."
The singer was so nervous about auditioning for the BBC One show, which stars coaches Jessie J, Tom Jones, Will.i.am and Danny O'Donoghue, that she missed the try-out in her home town but was convinced to go for it at the Birmingham trial.
She said: "That's where I was born, it's a sign."
Cleo said she was supported by her sisters who came to the audition with her and revealed they had been approached to take part in ITV's The Big Reunion, which brought back acts including 911, Liberty X and Atomic Kitten.
She said: "They approached one of my sisters, she told me about it, but by the time it was happening I was already in The Voice."