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Video: Carla to the four as Ulster makes its voices heard

By Maureen Coleman

Northern Ireland has enjoyed its fair share of television talent success in recent years, thanks to shows like Popstars: The Rivals, Fame Academy and The X Factor.

Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle has inspired dozens of young hopefuls to follow her footsteps down the reality television route in a bid to pursue their dreams.

Now it seems BBC1 show The Voice has provided wannabe superstars with their biggest platform to date, as local contestants look set to take over the show.

Tomorrow night Newry woman Carla Maney will become the fourth person from here to take part in blind auditions since the new series kicked off three weeks ago.

And according to sources, the Northern Irish singers are among those tipped for success.

Carla (47) will be seen performing as part of a classical duo in a bid to impress the four mentors.

Viewers will see the Newry woman sing The Flower Duet from French opera Lakme, along with Essex woman Barbara Kelly (55).

If the duo succeed in impressing at least one of the four mentors, Carla will join previous contestants Andrea Begley, Conor Scott and Leah Mc Fall, who have already progressed through to the next round.

Andrea, who hails from Pomeroy and has only 10% vision, kicked off Northern Ireland's successful run on The Voice when she picked Danny O'Donoghue as her mentor on the first show.

Last weekend it was the turn of two Belfast students to perform.

St Malachy's pupil Conor Scott enticed Irish mentor O'Donoghue to push the red button and swing his chair round, while fashion student Leah had a tough choice on her hands when more than one mentor turned round, but she opted to go with

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