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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.

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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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