The Voice UK blind auditions: Ben Lake fails to hit the big time

Ben Lake - The Voice UK

Former West End star Ben Lake left The Voice UK disappointed after the coaches failed to turn their chairs around at his Blind Audition.

The 33-year-old from Surrey has had an eighteen year career in music, and won a London Newcomer of the Year award for his 'big break' role in controversial stage show Jerry Springer: The Opera.

He had described the BBC talent show as his last attempt to show 'what I've got'. However, his cover of 'I Who Have Nothing' - once sung by Tom Jones - didn't win any support from the panel.

"You have a very strong voice. You went for the same note I did," said Tom. "It sounded a little too operatic for me. But I liked it. Keep doing what you do."

Jessie J added: "Your voice is amazing. For me your voice is on the stage, and it's beautiful for that. I actually thought you were a female to start with!

"What I will say is that we're four people who represent different things and I don't think I'd have been the right coach for you."

But Ben was encouraged by the reaction he got from the audience, whom he praised for their 'warmth'.

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