Talent scouts from The Voice are heading to Isleworth next week in search of potential contestants for next year’s show.

Researchers from the prime time BBC series will be at The Red Lion pub, in Linkfield Road, for its weekly open mic night next Wednesday, May 21.

Paul Kirkby, who organises the night and is front man for the house band, said he had received a call from the show’s producers saying they were casting the net wider in their search for untapped talent as well as holding the usual auditions.

He said he had already invited some regulars along but urged performers to show up on the night for their chance to impress.

“We have always wanted to give all sorts of musicians and artists from London area a stage in a friendly and relaxed venue with a professional sound and backing musicians,” he said.

“Recently we have had such diverse musicians as a sitar player from Hounslow to a young female bagpipe player over on a visit from Majorca.

“We are all really excited at the visit from The Voice, who are bringing along a small camera crew and plan to interview any prospective candidates on the night. It promises to be a very busy night and might bring forward a singing star of the future.”

Talia Smith, of Cranford, made the televised stages of the show last year and was picked by Tom Jones but lost out in a sing-off to Sally Barker.

The Voice contestant Talia Smith
 

The open mic night, which has been running at the four-time CAMRA pub of the year for five years, will take place from 8pm to 11pm as usual, with the first acts on from about 8.30pm. Anyone wishing to perform should be there by 8pm.