Singer who plays the same Dreamgirls character as Jennifer Hudson auditions on The Voice UK

JHud came face to face with another Effie White

Nicole Dennis, The Voice UK (ITV)

The Voice UK returned on Saturday night for its eighth series, with a new batch of singers heading over to the blind auditions in the hope that those famous four chairs would spin around.

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But despite its usual roster of electrifying performances, it was Nicole Dennis’s audition which really blew the coaches away.

The 24-year-old from North London explained before her audition that she left education at 18 after she failed to get into drama school, turning to waiting tables before getting her big break in the West End.

Having previously starred in the Book of Mormon, she then landed the part in Dreamgirls, as an understudy to the actor who plays Effie White – the same character that landed The Voice coach Jennifer Hudson an Oscar in the 2006 film.

Thud, Nicole Dennis (ITV)

With her stellar audition prompting Hudson – as well as fellow coaches Olly Murs and Tom Jones – to turn their chairs, the news that Dennis was a performer in Dreamgirls saw JHud get to her feet and join her on stage for a rousing rendition of Effie White’s famous song, And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.

Naturally, Dennis chose to join Hudson’s team, with her powerful vocal performance outing her as one to watch in the competition.

The same episode also saw Hudson secure The Voice UK’s first ever trio, after girl group Remember Sunday chose to be part of the former American Idol star’s team.

Remember Monday, The Voice UK (ITV)

While all four coaches were impressed with the Surrey trio’s effortless harmonies, it was 37-year-old Hudson who was the most eager to land them, even taking off her shoe to throw at them.

“You gave me soul, so I’m giving you sole,” she told them.

Will.i.am, Tom Jones and Olly Murs each added one hopeful to their teams.

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The Voice UK continues Saturdays on ITV


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