An audition for BBC talent show 'The Voice' was axed after just five people turned up to perform, according to reports.
An open-mic event in Birmingham had been set up to draw in new talent for the show, but so few turned up to The Coffee Room Cafe Bar that it was scrapped.
The BBC has insisted that the event wasn't an official audition, and that 60 people attended a session the following evening.
“Our official auditions will run nationwide in August and September and we’ve had a huge, fantastic response. More than 25,000 people have already applied - a figure that is higher than last year,” said a spokesperson.
It emerged last month that the entire live tour for the programme had been scrapped due to poor tickets sales.
Meanwhile, judge Tom Jones has said that he's keen to rejoin the panel if he can persuade last year's judges to join him on it.
“One of the things I said I need to know is who the other coaches are, because I don’t want to be sitting there with somebody that I don’t admire or particularly like... there are a few of them! Hopefully, we will have the same four coaches,” he told The Sun. [The Sun]
Also in today's press
Choirmaster Gareth Malone is set to front a US remake of his hit show 'The Choir'. He'll travel the country developing 10 different choir groups in a ten-part series. [The Sun]
Mariah Carey has landed a salary of $15 million (£9.6 million) for her new role as a judge on 'American Idol'. [The Mirror]
'Superstar' contestant Nathan James has denied reports that he's gained a reputation for diva-ish behaviour on the ITV talent show. “Don’t believe all you read. People don't want me to do well in this show and i wanna really want too. so vote to keep me in mwaaah thanks,” he tweeted. [Metro]