Next year, The Voice UK will air on ITV for the first time, which comes after the commercially sponsored broadcaster acquired the rights to air the talent quest that formerly called BBC1 home.
And of course, with the move to ITV comes a whole new set of possibilities for the show and its stars…
Not least of which is that as ITV is commercially sponsored, then the channel isn’t bound by the same constraints that the BBC was.
So in the new run of The Voice, the show’s winner could well win – as X Factor winners do – a recording contract and maybe a cash prize.
But in real terms, not much has changed about the format in that it will still feature the spinning chairs and the rounds will remains the same too.
And this week, filming for the Blind Auditions got underway in Manchester, which gave us our first look at new The Voice coaches, Gavin Rossdale and Jennifer Hudson.
— The Voice UK (@thevoiceuk) September 28, 2016
Also returning to The Voice are veteran coaches Will.i.am and Sir Tom Jones…
Both Will and Tom were on the original lineup of coaches when the show first launched here in the UK. However, last year, Sir Tom was unceremoniously dumped by the BBC, who brought in Boy George to replace him.
George was joined on the panel by Paloma Faith, but for both, it was a one-time deal as neither have made the move to ITV with the show.
However, The Voice presenter Emma Willis has, and so of course, she too was at the auditions in Manchester, looking absolutely stunning, as usual!
But how do you think The Voice UK will do in terms of viewer ratings in 2017? Will it do better than the show did on the BBC?
Well, we would guess that at first, many people will tune in to see how it compares to the BBC version…
And it could well be interesting how viewer ratings go when compared to The X Factor, which of course also airs on ITV.
Granted, the two shows won’t be on-air at the same time, but even still, it’s going to be interesting to see if The Voice performs better given that there’s never any hint of a ‘novelty’ act on The Voice.
And it’s the X Factor’s propensity to take ‘joke’ acts through to the live shows – such as Bratavio and Honey G – that seems to be losing the talent quest a lot of fans this year.
So yes, we’re going to be watching closely to compare notes on viewing figures, but let us know if you’ll be tuning in to The Voice UK when it airs on ITV, or if you’re simply fed up of singing talent shows at this point.