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  • 9th January, 2016 | 756 views

Brummie Brooklynne Richards stars on the Voice tonight

Bingo caller Brooklynne Richards is hoping for a full house when she appears on The Voice  on Saturday.

The Brummie works at Sun Valley Amusements in Kings Heath – but she’ll be hoping her number comes up on the BBC1 singing show when the new series starts.

Brooklynne, 23, is among the first of the blind auditions, hoping to impress new judges Boy George and Paloma Faith as well as old favourites Will.i.am and Ricky Wilson.

She is hoping to have the same success as fellow Brummie Sasha Simone who made it to the finals in last year’s show.

The singing Birmingham bricklayer was mentored by Tom Jones but was beaten in the final by Scottish fireman Stevie McCrorie.

In Saturday’s show, Brooklynne sings Cry To Me by Solomon Burke because it’s from her favourite film, Dirty Dancing.

Brooklynne, who lives in Smethwick, says: “I’ve seen it more than 100 times, I love it.

And it’s a male song, which I like because I wanted to be different.

“I was so nervous when I walked on stage, especially because it was completely silent. All I could hear was my heels clicking.”

Brooklynne is a former pupil of Holly Lodge School who counts Beyonce, Lauryn Hill and Mary J Blige as her musical idols.

Her father Michael is a musician who has played bass in reggae bands around Birmingham.

He encouraged her to audition for The Voice. Her first tryout was at Jury’s Inn hotel in Broad Street in Birmingham but she had to wait two months before they told her she was through to the next stage.

“I had a callback in London, but then I had to wait another month before they said I’d got through to the blind auditions in Manchester.

“I didn’t think they liked me because they kept me waiting so long. It was awful, I’m so impatient!”

Brooklynne first realised she could sing when she won £1,000 in a Search for a Star competition on Birmingham Caribbean pirate radio station Sting FM.

She used to serve coffee at Digbeth Coach Station and now works on the slot machines at Sun Valley Amusements, holding a bingo session every hour for the customers to win cash prizes.

“I haven’t ever sung to them, but if there are a few customers in we have a bit of fun and I use some of the bingo phrases like Two Fat Ladies for 88.”

Brooklynne is on The Voice on BBC1 on Saturday, January 9 at 7.30pm.

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