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ITV's The Voice producer lifts lid on audition success secrets as show's hunt for talent turns to Northern Ireland

The Voice UK judges Will.i.am, Jennifer Hudson, Sir Tom Jones and Olly Murs (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
The Voice UK judges Will.i.am, Jennifer Hudson, Sir Tom Jones and Olly Murs (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
Sarah Tulloch

By Sarah Tulloch

Think you have what it takes to make Tom Jones turn his red chair and put you on his team?

The Voice UK is bringing auditions to Belfast on the hunt for the next Leah McFall. The Newtownabbey singer came runner-up in the competition in 2013.

Northern Ireland hopefuls who submit an online application will be able to audition at the Clayton Hotel on Ormeau Avenue on Wednesday, June 26.

Casting producer Mo Mohsin says the team from the ITV talent show is "excited" to be back in Belfast on the hunt for their next big winner.

He shared his top tips for musicians ahead of audition day:

1. Think carefully about your song choice

Mo says you should choose a song that you feel represents you as an artist.

"We have so many people auditioning with songs they feel the judges and producers want to hear, rather than songs that suit voice and style. Song choice is where a lot of people go wrong."

2. How to prepare

It might seem obvious, but the most important thing is learning the lyrics of your chosen song.

"You'd be surprised how many people forget to do that," says Mo. "Practice lots to the point where you know the song inside out.

"You'll also want to make sure you sort your backing track in advance so everything is raring and ready to go."

While you'll want to get lots of vocal rest prior to your audition, warming up adequately on the day is really important.

"There are loads of warm up videos on YouTube. The best ones are probably by the British Voice Association."

Spicy foods and dairy are infamously bad for your voice, so you'll want to avoid those from the night before.

3. Relax

Everyone gets nervous before they step on stage - even the best performers.

But Mo promises that attendees can expect the auditions to be very relaxed and in front of a group of "friendly producers".

Applicants should note that auditions at the Clayton Hotel will be in front of producers and other applicants.

4. Come as you are

Talent shows are notorious for sob stories that tug on the heart strings, but Mo says you don't need a sob story to make good TV.

"Anyone has a chance on their show, regardless of their backstory. It's called The Voice - the name of the show speaks for itself. We don't care what your story is, what you look like or where you're from - we will judge you purely on your voice. It's very much about your vocal ability."

If you think you have what it takes to make the coaches chairs spin, you can apply here

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