The Voice star on REAL reason she chose Olly Murs over Will.i.am ‘I got told off!’

One memorable performer who did just that was none other than Lauren Bannon, 28, who stunned the coaches on The Voice and Jennifer Hudson, Tom Jones, Olly Murs and Will.i.am all turned around for her during the first audition. The singer-songwriter appeared on the ITV series in 2018, and has since gone onto launch her career, after recently wrapping up her European tour. Lauren has now revealed why she chose to be mentored by Olly Murs, 34, over US producer and Black Eyed Peas member, Will.i.am, but admitted she got “told off” for her decision by her mother. Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, she divulged: “My gut reaction was like no, I’m not going to go with you.

“My mum told me off when I came out [of the audition]. She was like ‘Why didn’t you go with Will.i.am’ and I was like ‘He didn’t want me enough’. It was so weird.”

Lauren, who is also a music producer, initially wanted to go with the American musician because she believed they could make a great team.

She said: “They didn’t show it on the TV, but I said your a producer and I’m a producer, so obviously I would be thinking we could make a great team.”

However, the talent hopeful admitted it was not enough to convince him, despite him turning around for her in the audition.

Lauren said: “So I found that a little bit confusing. I said ‘It feels like you don’t want me do you?’.

“I was thinking about him and then he ditched me. So I was like no you’re alright.”

It seemingly appeared there are no hard feelings as she chose British singer Olly to be her mentor, with the pair making it to the finals.

She gushed: “He’s absolutely lovely. Really, really genuine. We still talk and I’m glad I picked him. He was the right guy.”

Meanwhile, the performer recently opened up about the challenges she has faced since being in the music industry as a new artist.

Lauren admitted her “mental health” is something which she constantly deals with experiencing “extreme highs and lows”.

She said: “I mean [mental health] it’s something that I struggle with. I wouldn’t say it’s a past tense thing. Mental health is something a lot of people have to work on. As a creative, it’s part and parcel.

“You experience extreme highs and extreme lows and sometimes that’s what helps to make art a little bit more meaningful because you can create something people can connect with.”

She continued: “And you can do it an authentic way because you’ve experienced it. But for me, it’s something I have to work on a lot. I’m generally quite a happy person but with the great highs, come great lows.”

Lauren explained being on the ITV series felt like “a bubble” and it was “a shock” when she was no longer performing on the series every weekend.

She divulged: “I think that as much as I was prepared for it, its a crazy thing because you’re in a bubble. Your doing something constantly, all hours of the day. You go out and perform and you do what is your dream. And then when it stops its kind of a shell-shocking moment. That’s it, there’s no more.”

Meanwhile, the singer who uses the stage-name Lløren, launched her first single ‘Into The Fire’ last month which highlighted getting through her mental health battle.

The electro-popstar is due to release her first EP later this year.

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