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Thursday 31 July 2014

Time to be me, reckons Adele act

Adele tribute act Lareena Mitchell is hoping the coaches are looking for someone like her as she auditions for The Voice.

Lareena, 33, from Rossendale in Lancashire, has been mimicking the global superstar since 2011 as a full-time job but now wants to make it on her own terms.

And she hopes that she can follow in the footsteps of her namesake Leanne Mitchell who won the BBC One competition last year under the guidance of coach Sir Tom Jones.

The mother-of-two reckons The Voice is her last chance to become a star in her own right and said: "Becoming a tribute act was a great career choice but now I want to be me."

Lareena - who puts her hair in a beehive to perform her tribute act - has already played to thousands of people after appearing at a local music festival.

She performs a version of Annie Lennox's Walking On Broken Glass and brings back memories of last year's victor, who went on to land a deal with Decca Records and releases her debut album next month.

A programme source said: "Lareena has the coaches discussing last year's winner and how much she reminds them of Leanne. It's not just by how she sounds but she bears a striking resemblance as well."

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