When The Voice UK ended last year, having failed rather miserably in the viewer ratings, and enduring the ignominy of having to cancel the live tour due to lack of ticket sales, the BBC pledged to overhaul the talent quest and make it “more exciting” for viewers when it returns to our screens in April.
And sure enough, BBC controller Danny Cohen has been working with the show’s producers to come up with ways to shake-up the format and in doing so, they’ve halved the number of live shows that will air, and have introduced a new twist which will see the coaches, Will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones, Jessie J and Danny O’Dongohue being able to “steal” acts from each other…
In addition, during the initial blind auditions rounds, each coach will be able to choose 12 acts – they could pick 10 they could last year – which will be eliminated week on week until just six remain.
The Sun adds, “Producers are still fine-tuning how the 24 acts will then be cut.
“Options include more being axed during the battle rounds or multiple eliminations on the live shows.”
Speaking to the paper, Danny reckoned that the new twists will please viewers as well as the coaches.
He said, “When it comes to the chop, when I am down to six at the knockout stages, I can lose an artist but I can also take someone else’s.
“There will be a lot more opportunities to battle. I’m loving it.”
He added, “It’s gloves off. We just go straight in.”
Do you think these changes will be enough to save the £22million investment the BBC made in the show?
Personally, I doubt it, but I guess we’ll see. For now, here’s a reminder of last year’s show…