Gorleston mum Toni wows judges on The Voice

A Gorleston mother wowed audiences at home and a panel of top judges with her singing skills on new talent show The Voice at the weekend.

Toni Warne, 34, who has lost her hair through the condition alopecia, impressed judges with her performance of Will Young's hit Leave Right Now when she appeared on the show on Saturday.

The BBC show sees singers undergo a blind audition where four mentors cannot see the acts.

The panel of coaches is made up of The Script frontman Danny O'Donoghue, Black Eyed Peas founder will.I.am, chart-topping singer/songwriter Jessie J and Tom Jones.

Three of the four judges wanted Miss Warne on their team.


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Miss Warne took to the stage without her head scarf on and after performing she told the panel how she had had alopecia since she was a little girl, eventually losing all her hair, which affected her confidence.

'It really knocked the stuffing out of me and I felt I could not pursue what was in my heart because I didn't believe in myself,' she said.

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Tom Jones told her: 'You are what I call a real singer. You sound fantastic.'

Jessie J said: 'Your tone is so old-school, and I felt that you could teach me something. So, please let's hang out and just have fun.'

After some deliberation Miss Warne chose Jessie J as her coach and is through to the next stage of the competition.

Miss Warne, who lives in Jenner Road with her partner of 12 years, Jason Keyte, and their children Thomas, three, and Lily, 18 months, said The Voice appealed to her as it focused solely on the talent.

The singer, who works as a customer adviser in a bank, has said she hopes her experience will help people who have alopecia.

Meanwhile, Spixworth singer Sam Kelly starred in the first episode of this year's run of the ITV1's Britain's Got Talent, receiving a standing ovation at his audition with a version of Adele's hit Make You Feel My Love.

Judge Simon Cowell told the 19-year-old that he had 'nailed it' and had an 'amazing voice', while David Walliams said he was 'completely blown away'.

His audition secured his progress to the callback round, when the judges will decide the 40 semi-finalists for the live shows.

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