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Ex-musical star eyes Voice glory

A one-time musical star picks up her microphone for the first time in more than three decades in a bid for a second chance at fame in tonight's episode of The Voice.

Teresa Vasiliou, 61, from London, already has experience winning over celebrity fans after an endorsement from four-time Oscar winner Katharine Hepburn helped kickstart her career in the first place.

She said: "In 1973 I was doing a show, playing the lead role in Rock Carmen, and Katharine Hepburn came in to see me and said to me I reminded her very much of Judy Garland a nd she said she was going to go back to America and put me forward for the part of Gigi and I started touring with the sh ow all over America. It was a total whirlwind, a fantastic time."

Teresa said her career ended shortly after when doctors found a tumour in her throat and told her she would never sing again.

She said her performance of the Cher hit I Found Someone on the BBC singing show was an attempt to " try and re-establish the kind of person I once was".

Another of the contestants in tonight's show who has already had a brush with fame is 50-year-old Angie Brown, from London, who sang lead vocals on Bizarre Inc's 1992 dance hit I'm Gonna Get You.

She said she did not want to be remembered as a "one-hit wonder" but then performed it again at her audition - reminding Kylie Minogue of her clubbing days.

The singer told her: "I t was a little while ago and I was in the clubs dancing to it weekend after weekend after weekend. It was amazing and what a pleasure to hear you sing it live."

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