The Voice UK has kicked off its third series – complete with newcomers Kylie Minogue and Ricky Wilson and a fresh batch of blind audition hopefuls.

The first of the audition heats brought with it an accomplished harpist, a former member of The Streets and a Ruth Jones impersonator, all attempting to win themselves a place on one of the coaches’ teams.

And Kylie nabbed herself the very first success story of the series as hopeful Lee Glasson joined her team.

The Aussie singer shrieked in excitement as the sales manager – who wowed all the coaches with his pared-down version of Can’t Get You Out Of My Head – chose her ahead of the others.

“Your voice is really arresting,” she told him. “It’s an amazing, mysterious voice and it does that thing we were waiting for.”

Also making a big impression was Scottish teenager Anna McLuckie, whose offbeat rendition of Daft Punk chart-topper Get Lucky – complete with harp accompaniment – won her a place on Team will.i.am.

“I thought you were probably going to go with Ricky but you know what, I don’t mind losing, trying to win you,” he said, although the Kaiser Chiefs frontman was clearly disappointed at the loss, telling her, “You could have been singing the Tetris theme and I’d be shaking still.”

Ricky still managed to nab two hopefuls for his team in the shape of Christina Marie – whose rendition of Whitney Houston’s I Have Nothing was a big hit with the panel – and quirky 16-year-old musician Beth McCarthy.

Others who made their mark included Leo Ihenacho – who previously enjoyed chart success as a member of UK hip-hop act The Streets, and who won a place on Kylie’s team.

“You sound like a professional singer,” said Tom Jones. “We could do duets together, we could smash it.”

Kylie, meanwhile, added: “You have dazzled me with that voice alone and then the rest.”

Despite the night’s successes, not everybody won themselves a place in the battle rounds, with the unlucky ones including Welsh singer Tara Lewis.

The 43-year-old – who revealed herself to be a Ruth Jones impersonator, dressing up as her Gavin and Stacey alter-ego Nessa – charmed Tom Jones with her antics but did not persuade any of the judges to turn round.

“I was almost there, I am telling you. I should have done it! I am sorry about that,” Tom admitted.

“You did everything right, you have a great tone and your falsetto is as good as your full voice and I am sorry I didn’t.”

The Voice continues on BBC One next Saturday night.