The Voice 2013 criticised for featuring too many previously 'rejected' stars

Will.i.am (The Voice UK 2013)

The Voice 2013 has been criticised once again for showcasing too many previously reject acts.

We're now drawing to the end of the blind auditions and many of the faces on the show have been familiar.

Some - such as former Hollyoaks actress Alice Barlow - have previously been on telly in the past, but others have had much more of a professional link to music.

They include West End star Ricardo Alfonso, former MOBO award winner Nate James and Karl Michael, who was signed to both Sony and Atlantic Records, although never got the chance to release an album.

Amongst the other 'fallen stars' to have gone before the panel so far are Soul II Soul singer Kym Mazelle, 90s hit maker Kavana, Hear’Say singer Danny Foster and Cleopatra’s Cleo Higgins.

One viewer joked online: "It’s like the BBC have taken series two of The Big Reunion from ITV.”

A supposed ITV insider previously claimed: “These shows should be about finding a star out of the blue not resurrecting former pop glory.”

However The Voice UK coach Will.i.am jumped to the defense of the stars on Twitter over the weekend.

He tweeted: "everyone deserves a chance…even a re-chance…the music industry is tricky…just because you had a deal doesn’t mean anything"

The Voice 2013 auditions conclude on Saturday night on BBC One.

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