Belfast Telegraph

Monday 2 March 2015

Kylie fails to win over soap star

Kelsey-Beth Crossley impressed the coaches on The Voice
Kelsey-Beth Crossley impressed the coaches on The Voice

Kylie Minogue has failed to convince former Emmerdale actress Kelsey-Beth Crossley to join her team on The Voice.

The singing show has a new soap star after Kelsey-Beth impressed the coaches - and it was Ricky Wilson, not the former Neighbours star, who won her over.

The 21-year-old from Blackpool, who played Scarlett Nicholls in the long-running rural soap for five years, admitted Minogue was an inspiration, but it turned out their background in soap was not enough to make her choose the Australian superstar as her coach.

After Crossley's rendition of Fell In Love With A Boy, Minogue said: "This is my pitch - so, you were in a soap opera?"

Her question sparked knowing giggles from the audience, and Kaiser Chiefs star Wilson then said that due to Emmerdale being set near Leeds she should probably choose him.

A confident Minogue replied to Wilson: "You can't fight with what's going to happen."

Crossley said she was "completely torn" due to Minogue being an "inspiration" to her but admitted that Wilson's pitch was "so good".

In the end, she chose Wilson, saying: "I've fallen for it."

Show bosses will be hoping tonight's episode continues the success of the first which pulled in more than two million viewers more than last year's launch.

Critics have hailed Minogue's appearance on the show - along with fellow newcomer Wilson - as having boosted the average audience to 8.4 million viewers, well above the 6.2 million who tuned in last year.

Last weekend it also thrashed ITV's celebrity diving show Splash! - which went head to head with the BBC1 show - with an audience of 3.7 million, according to overnight ratings.

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