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VIDEO: Croydon mum Cherelle Basquine impresses Tom Jones on BBC show The Voice

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A mum-of-two from Croydon has made it through to the next stage of BBC talent show The Voice. Cherelle Basquine performed Cheryl Cole's hit Call My Name on tonight's (Saturday) episode. And legendary singer Tom Jones was suitably impressed with the 25-year-old and added her to his stable of singers. In the 'blind' auditions for the Saturday night show, the four judges - Jones, Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am, former Brit School student Jessie J and The Script singer Danny O' Donaghue - have their backs to the singers. The idea is the performer is judged solely on the quality of their voice and, if they impress, the judges turn round to face the singer. It looked as if Cherelle was going to miss out on a place in the next round, with Price Tag singer Jessie J grumbling about her song choice and diction. But, as the song ended, Tom Jones turned around - to the delight of Cherelle and her watching family. Jones said: "The thing that I was listening to was the tone of your voice, and the passion that you put into it. I felt that. I like that sort of just behind sometimes. I'm looking forward to working with you." Cherelle is one of 48 singers - 12 affiliated to each judge - who will go through to the next stage of the singing contest, which is in its second series. The winner is guaranteed a record deal with the Universal label. Cherelle isn't the first Croydon crooner to shine on The Voice stage. Last year Cassius Henry, from South Norwood, made it through to the final stages of the show - almost a decade after he'd previously enjoyed chart success. Here's a clip of Cherelle's audition, courtesy of the BBC.

VIDEO: Croydon mum Cherelle Basquine impresses Tom Jones on BBC show The Voice


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