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 January 9

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In the hotseat - Anne-Marie made her debut as a coach on The Voice UK at the weekend, joining fellow Essex star Olly Murs, Sir Tom Jones and will.i.am on the panel Picture: ITV

In the hotseat – Anne-Marie made her debut as a coach on The Voice UK at the weekend, joining fellow Essex star Olly Murs, Sir Tom Jones and will.i.am on the panel Picture: ITV

SINGING sensation Anne-Marie made her debut as a coach on The Voice UK last weekend, following in the footsteps of a long list of south Essex stars to get involved in talent shows.

Anne-Marie, who hails from East Tilbury, has joined fellow Essex musician Olly Murs, plus Sir Tom Jones and will.i.am on the ITV competition’s panel.

Denise van Outen, who was born in Basildon, and Pixie Lott have also been judges in television talent shows following their south Essex upbringings.

Southend’s Lee Mead shot to stardom by bagging the lead role in the West End production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat after winning the Any Dream Will Do talent show in 2007.

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On the red carpet – Southend’s Lee Mead (fifth from left) bagged the lead role in the West End production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat after winning the Any Dream Will Do talent show in 2007

Here we look at other south Essex talents that have become households names after featuring on talent shows.

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Photocall – south Essex singer Pixie Lott (second from left) has been casting her eye over up-and-coming talent as a coach on The Voice Kids since the show’s inception

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Change of career – Rylan Clark-Neal has gone on to forge a successful television career after coming fifth in the ninth series of the X Factor

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All smiles – Denise van Outen was a judge on the Any Dream Will Do talent competition in 2007

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Victorious in the contest – Louisa Johnson shot to stardom after fighting off stiff competition to be crowned the winner of the X Factor in 2015 and has since performed at big venues including Wembley Stadium

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On the big stage – Lydia Lucy reached the final of The Voice UK, where she was mentored by Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am in 2016

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Thumbs up – Che Chesterman poses with X Factor judge Nick Grimshaw after reaching the show’s final in 2015

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Triumphant – Jesy Nelson (second from left), whose mum works as a police PCSO on Canvey, won the X Factor in 2011 as a member of Little Mix and enjoyed huge success before leaving the band last month

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On the mic – Billericay-born Lauren Platt appeared on the X Factor in 2014 and finished in fourth place

Original posted at www.echo-news.co.uk

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