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Get ready for the battle of the Fylde starlets

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Blackpool is taking over Saturday night tele ... well, at least for an hour or so.

Tonight’s episode of The Voice, which gets almost 10 millions viewers a week, will feature a battle between local girls Emily Adams and Kelsey-Beth Crossley.

Both have already done well - getting through the first stage and choosing to join judge Ricky Wilson’s team (Kelsey-Beth turning down Kylie Minogue in the process).

Tonight they go head to head in the Battle Round. That means they sing the same song, then Ricky has to choose which one to keep - with the other exiting the show.

It will be awkward for the pair because they’ve become friends during the filming of the BBC programme.

“I’m from Cleveleys and Kelsey-Beth is from Fleetwood so when she was driving to some of the rehearsals, she gave me lifts,” said Emily.

“We got on really well, so it was a shame we had to be directly up against each other.”

Emily, 18, who went to Arnold School, has been gigging around the Fylde coast for the last five years.

“There is a local band a lot of people will know called The Hooper Band,” she said.

“Ian Hooper, the singer, took me under his wing, let me go to gigs with him and sing a few songs, and that built my confidence.

“Then my dad bought me a PA system as a surprise present and since then I’ve been singing at restaurants like Grapevine in Poulton and Henry’s in Lytham.

“Now The Voice has come along it has made me realise I really want to be a singer. My family are so proud I got through all the auditions and I’m on Ricky’s team, and I hope to go as far on the show as I can.”

In theory, Kelsey-Beth should have the advantage tonight for she is no stranger to TV.The 21-year-old, who went to Rossall School and Bispham High, landed a role in Emmerdale at the age of 14 and has been a guest on shows like This Morning and Daybreak.

Then again she was probably always destined to end up in showbusiness - parents John and Carol are agents.

“I’ve always loved singing and my piano teacher recommended me to the The Voice,” she said.

“I wasn’t sure about it really because I thought it looked such an intense and exhausting process.

“But I went for the audition, got through, and I’m so glad because since then it has been such a fun and amazing experience.”

Tonight one female from the Fylde will be celebrating, the other shedding a tear and waving farewell to the show.

Tune in to The Voice on BBC 1 from 7pm.

 

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