Sickness bug hits the stars of The Voice

Thursday May 10, 2012

Contestants on BBC show The Voice have been struck down with a virus that has left them struggling to rehearse.

Frances Wood, Joelle Moses and Jaz Ellington were all hit by the bug this week.

The trio are on Will.i.am's team, but others on the show are said to be worried about becoming ill before Saturday's heat.

Teams coached by Will and Sir Tom Jones will be taking part during this weekend's edition which will see four acts leave the competition.

The BBC said it was hoping the contestants would be fit to take part in the programme.

"We're making sure the sick artists are getting all the rest and recuperation they need, and barring any further outbreaks, are confident they'll all make it back for Saturday night's show," a spokesman said.

Meanwhile, Will.i.am has defied BBC bosses by refusing to stop tweeting during the live shows.

The Black Eyed Peas star provoked some criticism when he was spotted tapping away on his Blackberry during performances last week.

But he has said on Twitter he plans to keep doing it.

Will tweeted: "I told the bbc: 'It may seem odd me tweeting... but trust me... this will be the norm one day & people are going to copy it'.

"I'm not going to stop tweeting during live shows... I think it allows people to live the moment with me as I'm in it."

Photo: ę BBC

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