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Caro Emerald forced to cancel UK tour including HMV Next Big Thing

Caro Emerald

Story by Jack Foley

CARO Emerald has been forced to cancel her forthcoming UK tour, including the HMV Next Big Thing appearance.

The decision was made after a routine check up at the ear, nose and throat specialist revealed that the Dutch singing sensation has a polyp on one of her vocal cords.

Caro will undergo surgery next week with a full recovery estimated to take three to four months. As a result all touring and promotion has been cancelled until May.

Caro’s management, Grand Mono, explained: “Although Caro has not had any acute vocal problems or hoarseness we have been advised that surgery is inevitable and it is unwise for her to continue singing until the polyp is removed.”

Dr J.J. van Twisk, of the Ikazia Hospital in Rotterdam, added: “There is a large polyp on the right vocal cord. The polyp is too large to expect that it will disappear with conservative treatment (no surgery and voice rest and speech therapy) so the only option is surgery.”

In Britain, Caro and Sarah Blasko were due to co-headline at The Jazz Café on February 13 as part of HMV’s Next Big Thing gig series. The night will continue with Sarah Blasko and a DJ set by Portishead’s Andy Smith.

The UK release of Caro’s single, A Night Like This, originally scheduled for February 14, will now be released on May 9, 2011.

Her album, Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor, was released in Holland in January 2010 and has now been number 1 in the Dutch album charts for a record breaking 30 weeks. Read our review

Read our interview with Caro Emerald