Shock departures hit The Voice ahead of live show


The Voice has been rocked by the shock departure of two contestants just before Saturday night's first live show.

As the BBC One talent series got under way, presenters Emma Willis and Marvin Humes briefly mentioned that 10 contestants would perform for the voting public.

Chloe Castro left due to "health reasons", while Beth Morris' exit is down to "personal reasons".

Earlier, a spokesman for the BBC One talent series said in a statement that the reasons for the departures were "unrelated".

"Due to personal reasons which have only just come to light, The Voice producers, the BBC and Beth have agreed that she should withdraw from The Voice," the statement read.

The statement continued: "Due to health reasons, Chloe has withdrawn from the competition. We wish her all the best."

Castro added: "I have decided to leave The Voice for health reasons. I have had a fantastic time and wish all the other contestants all the best in the competition."

Morris thanked her coach Paloma Faith in her statement.

"Being on The Voice has been the best experience of my life, the production team and contestants have all been incredible and I have loved performing on the show.

"Paloma has also been a great support."

The early departures mean two contestants will leave the quarter final instead of four.