The Voice UK: Hopeful artists 'already known to Universal Music'

Cassius Henry (The Voice UK)

The Voice UK has come under criticism again today, after its revealed at last two contestants have had deals with Universal Music.

Universal are the label behind the show, and will sign the winner and all of the finalists to its record company.

We revealed yesterday how Cassius Henry has already had a shot at chart success, having been signed with Universal between 2002 and 2005.

Kerry Ellis, who was rejected from the show during the first blind auditions, has also released an album with the company.

A source told the Daily Star today: “In the current ratings war with ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, this is the last thing they need.”

The Voice UK has come under fire recently from MPs over its close ties with the label, with one Tory MP claiming the show was simply an 'expensive advert' for Universal.

The Beeb however insisted that The Voice was about talent, and open to amateurs and professionals alikea.

“The Voice is about talent, not image, history or background," a spokesperson said. “The only criterion for entrants on the show is that they must not be under a current recording contract.”

The Voice UK continues this Saturday on BBC One.

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