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Education is 'the key' to get young people to vote

Education is "the key" to encouraging young people to vote and helping end the general disenfranchisement plaguing 16 to 25-year-olds, Jermain Jackman told Daybreak.

19-year-old Jermain, a contestant on the Voice, said young people would be "inspired" to vote if they were "informed of what their rights and responsibilities are" and learned how people had died for the right.

Dubbed "the singing politician" on the Voice, Labour Party Youth Coordinator Jermain also David Cameron a run for his money by encouraging people to vote for him.

2015 general election will be about 'Britain's youth'

The next general election will be about capturing "the hearts and minds of Britain's youth", according to voting campaigners.

Jermain Jackman, a star of TV talent show The Voice, was speaking on behalf of the Swing the Vote campaign after it emerged 69% of young people did not believe in a voting boycott.

He said:

This is the moment for politicians to stand up and notice young people.

We have the capability to play a massive part at the next general election in 2015.

If the election in 2010 was all about the mums' vote, 2015 will be all about Cameron, Clegg, Miliband and Farage trying to win the hearts and minds of Britain's youth if they want to be walking into Number 10.

– Jermain Jackman


Holly Willoughby steps down from The Voice

Holly Willoughby is stepping down from her role as co-host of talent show The Voice to concentrate on her family, the BBC has announced.

The mother-of-two will be replaced by Emma Willis, who has just finished a stint of presenting Celebrity Big Brother.

Holly Willoughby who is is stepping down from her role as co-host of talent show The Voice. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Reggie Yates, Willoughby's co-presenter, is also leaving the BBC One singing contest, with his replacement set to be announced next week.

The This Morning presenter said: "After much consideration, I will not be returning for series three of The Voice UK.

"I've had two wonderful years on the show, and I feel very privileged to have been a part of it. Finding the right balance between my work and family life is my priority and this has contributed to my decision."

Kylie Minogue named as new coach on The Voice

Kylie Minogue has been named as a new coach on The Voice for the BBC show's upcoming series.

Kylie will join returning coaches and Sir Tom Jones on the famous red chairs - two of which were left empty by singer Jessie J and The Script's Danny O'Donoghue.

Kylie Minogue has been named as a new coach on The Voice. Credit: Lionel Hahn/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

The singer said she was "very excited", adding, "Will I be competitive? Probably more than even I imagine! Watch this space!"

A fourth coach has yet to be announced.

Jessie J quits The Voice

Singer Jessie J has left her role as a coach on The Voice after two series of the show.

The 25-year-old cited overseas touring and promotional commitments as the key factors in her departure.

The singer said: "I've absolutely loved my time on The Voice and I hope everyone saw and knows how passionately I felt about the show.

"However, I can't wait to promote my new record around the world and that has to take priority."

Jessie J said the promotion of her new album took priority over the BBC 1 show Credit: Press Association

"I shall be keeping a very close eye on series three, showing my support in every way I can, and really hope that in some way that I can be part of the show."

It is yet to be confirmed whether fellow coaches - Sir Tom Jones, Danny O'Donoghue and - will be rejoining the panel for the third series.

Last month partially sighted Andrea Begley beat hot favourite Leah McFall to be voted the winner of the second series - a decision which left coach left "perplexed".


Schofield defends Willoughby over 'unsuitable' dress

Phillip Schofield has leapt to the defence of This Morning co-host Holly Willoughby following the furore over her "unsuitable" choice of dress for the final of The Voice.

The BBC apologised to viewers after more than 100 complaints were made after the presenter wore a low-cut black lace maxi dress for the final which was broadcast before the watershed.

Schofield took to Twitter to mock the decision:

"139 complaints over Holly's gorgeous Voice dress. Let's hope those outraged on behalf of their kids don't take them to the beach this summer...God forbid they might see a woman in a bikini before 9pm and be traumatised by the sight of her cleavage."

Holly Willoughby pictured with This Morning co-host Phillip Schofield. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/

In a statement a BBC spokesman said the corporation was sorry if some viewers found the dress "unsuitable".

"Holly enjoys fashion and we felt the dress she wore for the live final of The Voice UK was glamorous and wholly appropriate for the occasion.

"We don't believe it would have gone against audience expectations for a TV spectacle such as this."

Andrea Begley voted the winner of The Voice

Andrea Begley, 27, from County Tyrone was voted the winner of BBC's The Voice tonight, landing a major record deal as her prize.

Andrea Begley has won The Voice. Credit: Guy Levy/PA Wire

Speaking on her victoru Andrea Begley said she "never, ever, ever could have imagined" was possible.

The partially-sighted singer from County Tyrone in Northern Ireland, who has just 10% vision, was rendered tongue-tied when her name was announced as the winner of the BBC show.

"I actually can't speak," she said.

Adding: "I never ever ever could have imagined this."Andrea, described as an "inspiration" by her coach Danny O'Donoghue from The Script, promised fans she would do her utmost to build on her win.

"Hopefully I'll try my best to put your vote to good use and be a success," she said.

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