Ipswich: Talented star from Ipswich wows BBC audience on The Voice - 25 years after she won Opportunity Knocks

IPSWICH/GORLESTON: She was a child star who won talent show Opportunity Knocks three times – and now, 25 years later, Toni Warne has hit our screens again.

Originally from Ipswich, Miss Warne, 34, wowed the judges on BBC1’s new singing contest The Voice on Saturday night with her performance of Will Young’s hit Leave Right Now.

The mother, who now lives in Gorleston, told the panel that she had had alopecia since she was a little girl and eventually lost all her hair, which affected her confidence.

As a nine-year-old in 1987, she impressed with a rendition of Michael Jackson’s classic Ben and was one of the most talked about stars of the competition, which was hosted by Bob Monkhouse at the time.

The panel of coaches for The Voice is made up of The Script frontman Danny O’Donoghue, Black Eyed peas founder will.I.am, chart topping singer/songwriter Jessie J and music legend Sir Tom Jones. The show sees singers undergo a blind audition where four mentors cannot see the acts.

After the singers perform, if the coaches are interested they turn their chair to face the act. Three of the four judges wanted Miss Warne on their team and she eventually chose Jessie J.

Following the show, Miss Warne said: “It was amazing, terrifying and brilliant all at the same time. It was everything you imagine it to be.”