21/03/2014 07:17 GMT | Updated 21/03/2014 07:59 GMT

'The Voice UK': Live Shows Chaos As Four Contestants Struggle To Sing Due To Illness

'The Voice' UK kicks off its first round of live shows on Saturday night, but there is drama behind-the-scenes as a number of the show's contestants have reportedly lost their voices.

Kylie Minogue is the mentor most affected, with two of her acts Jamie Johnson and Lee Glasson currently struggling to sing.

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Tom Jones's contestant Sally Barker has also fallen ill, as well as Christina Marie, mentored by Kaiser Chiefs' frontman Ricky Wilson.

A source told The Sun: “Everyone’s drinking lemon and honey, snorting Vicks inhalers and getting early nights – it is hardly rock ’n’ roll.”

This is particularly bad news for Christina, one of the front-runners to win the show, who previously said she doesn't think the live shows will be as nerve-racking as the initial auditions.

Contestant Christina Marie with mentor Ricky Wilson

She told Digital Spy last week: "You've proven you can sing, you know you deserve to be here. Ricky has put us here for a reason."

The ill contestants have been told not to join in rehearsals in an attempt to preserve their voices, but with just 24 hours until the show goes live, we'll have to wait and see whether the contestants can pull it together in time.

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