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Shock after Beth and Chloe pull out of BBC's The Voice

By Lorna Cooper

The Voice has been rocked by the shock departure of two contestants just before Saturday night's first live show.

Beth Morris, who the BBC said had left for "personal reasons", told The Sun on Sunday that she had relapsed after receiving treatment for a "problem with drugs".

Chloe Castro left for unrelated "health reasons", the BBC said.

Presenter Emma Willis made the announcement on Saturday's show that the 12 finalists were down to 10 before two more, Harry Fisher and Lauren Lapsley-Brown, were voted out of the competition.

"Due to personal reasons which have only just come to light, The Voice producers, the BBC and Beth have agreed that she should withdraw from The Voice," a BBC statement read.

"Due to health reasons, Chloe has withdrawn from the competition. We wish her all the best."

Morris thanked her coach as she bade farewell to the competition.

"Being on The Voice has been the best experience of my life, the production team and contestants have all been incredible and I have loved performing on the show.

"Paloma (Faith) has also been a great support."

In a statement published in The Sun on Sunday, Morris said: "Two years ago I realised that I had a problem with drugs. I was using them to cope with various issues I was going through at the time."

The singer said that she had checked into the famous Priory Clinic, which had helped her on the road to recovery.

She added: "But addiction is tough, and I am sorry to say that I have relapsed on a few occasions since I left."

The BBC stressed that Morris and Castro's departures were "unrelated".

Castro said: "I have decided to leave The Voice for health reasons.

"I have had a fantastic time and wish all the other contestants all the best in the competition."

The dream also came to an end for Fisher and Lapsley-Brown after they polled the fewest votes from the public.

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