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The Voice newspaper is given access to Olympic stadium donates to Prince's Trust donated £500,000 to the Prince's Trust Credit: Press Association stressed the importance of nurturing creativity from young people from inner cities today, as he donated £500,000 to the Prince's Trust. He said there was a large resource of musical creativity around London that should be channelled to build work skills.

"I grew up in east Los Angeles, one of the most under-served and tough neighbourhoods in America. My family made sure I understood that getting a good education and hard work were key to turning my dreams into reality and beating the odds that come with growing up in a disadvantaged situation."

"The Prince's Trust has a 36-year history of assisting disadvantaged youth, so I am pleased to be collaborating with an organisation that shares my mission to transform the lives of young people who need extra support and structure in their lives."


Leanne Mitchell wins The Voice

Leanne Mitchell has won the first series of BBC singing competition The Voice. Credit: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire

Leanne Mitchell has won the first series of BBC singing competition The Voice.

Mitchell, mentored by Sir Tom Jones, looked stunned after the result of the public vote was announced in tonight's live show and said: "I am starting to believe in myself."

She beat Tyler James, mentored by, and Bo Bruce, mentored by Danny O'Donoghue.Vince Kidd, coached by Jessie J, was eliminated earlier in the show.

Kylie and Cheryl to appear on The Voice

BBC1's The Voice ratings have been down for the past two weeks. Credit: Press Association

Kylie Minogue and Cheryl Cole are among the stars lined up for guest appearances on BBC1's The Voice as the show battles a ratings slide.

The addition of the two chart stars comes as the programme suffered a further audience blow for its results show on Sunday - losing two million viewers in a week.

On Saturday Britain's Got Talent beat The Voice for the second week in a row.

Singers booted out of The Voice

Hannah Berney and Ruth Ann St Luce have become the latest contestants to be ejected from The Voice. Five artists from mentor Jessie J's team sand on last night's live show, along with five performers from Danny O'Donoghue's team.

Hannah Berney and Ruth Ann St Luce from The Voice Credit: Guy Levy/PA Wire

After hearing the news Hannah, from Chepstow, nodded before hugging Max and saying: "This has probably been the best year of my life, I turned twenty one, I've sung for the Queen, I've done live television. I know what I'm doing with my life."

Ruth Ann looked dejected when she heard the news, saying: "It's been a crazy rollercoaster doing this show, I've learned so much from Jessie - in fact from all of you guys, some of the comments you've made and said to me have been life changing. This is not the end."


The Voice star refused to shave beard

The Voice star Matt Fletcher has revealed he refused to bow to pressure from BBC bosses to shave his beard because he feels it is the source of his power.

Sueleen Fletcher and Matt Fletcher from BBC One show The Voice Credit: BBC/Wall To Wall/Ray Burmiston/PA Wire

He said: "They were talking about taking off the whole beard, but it's a part of me and I lose my power without it."

He added: "They did try and I said something like 'I think I could take two or three of you down before you pin me down and shave it, but if you want to go for it, go for it', and they backed off."

Simon Cowell 'slightly irritated' by success of The Voice

Simon Cowell appears to have conceded defeat to BBC's The Voice in last night's prime time TV ratings war.

The BBC talent show drew in four million more viewers than Britain's Got Talent's six million when the two shows overlapped for 20 minutes from 8pm.

But Cowell has taken consolation in the super-popular dancing dog on the ITV1 show and says he's still "loving the show this year."

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