Batt offer for Voice flop Bob

Romsey Advertiser: Bob Blakeley failed to find a mentor on The Voice (BBC/PA) Bob Blakeley failed to find a mentor on The Voice (BBC/PA)

The Voice flop Bob Blakeley has a second chance at fame after songwriter Mike Batt offered to help him get a record deal live on TV.

The 56-year-old warehouseman from Stockport impressed the audience at the BBC singing show with his performance of Cry Me A River last weekend, but none of the panel volunteered to mentor him.

He was left in tears after Batt, probably best known for putting together the Wombles group, t old BBC Breakfast he wanted to help.

Batt, who al so wrote Bright Eyes for Art Garfunkel and launched the career of Katie Melua, said he was surprised none of the show's mentors backed Blakeley.

Speaking to him on a live video link to the Salford studio, Batt said : "N obody turned and I just felt such a sense of injustice that I thought I ought to do something, so I'd like to offer my services as a mentor."

He told the tearful singer : "I would love to mentor you and, if you like, manage you for six months or so until you get a deal with a good company, or with my own company ... you must not let this chance go by."

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