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The Voice spot for 1D star's cousin

The cousin of One Direction star Liam Payne says he does not want to follow his relative's route to fame after he auditioned for The Voice.

Session musician Ross Harris appears on the BBC talent show tomorrow - five years after the singer first found fame on ITV's rival show The X Factor.

He said: "Liam doesn't actually know about it. I didn't tell many people. I'll mention it to him this week though. I mentioned it because I knew it would come out in the press, but not at my audition because I didn't want it to seem like I was using it to get further in the competition."

The 23-year-old has played drums for acts including Union J, The Saturdays, Neon Jungle and Ella Henderson, and takes to the stage as a drumming singer on Saturday.

He said he did not want to play on his connections to the One Direction "phenomenon", saying: " He's done so well and that's really cool, but I kind of want to go down a different path really. It's not like I want to replicate what they've done, because they've done their own thing which is completely different to what everyone else has done."

That has not stopped some of One Direction's fans throwing their support behind Ross, who said: "Some of them have already followed me and are tweeting loads. If their fans want to tweet and follow me then they're more than welcome to."

Ross, whose brother is also a session musician, said their paths hadn't crossed that much with Liam, despite being in the same industry.

He said: "My brother and I left them to do their thing. We didn't really want to get involved. I did actually play keys for them once. I played piano for them on a TV show which was a surprise for my cousin as well, because he didn't know."

His audition will be on Saturday's episode on BBC One at 7pm.

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