With the latest series of The Voice UK confirmed to air on ITV CHOICE early next year, here’s everything you need to know about the show that looks set to topple The X-Factor from its position as the number one talent show on TV
When is The Voice UK back on South African television?
ITV CHOICE has confirmed that The Voice UK – as was the case with the 2018 edition – will be broadcast in South Africa less than 24 hours after it premieres in the UK. The first episode of the new series will air on Sunday, 6 January 2019 at 18:00 pm on ITV CHOICE (DStv 123).
The Voice’s infamous Blind Auditions began recording in Manchester back in October and, for the new series, there’s a major twist to the established format. For the first time, singers have been allowed to audition as trios as well as duos and solo artists.
Some of The Voice UK’s most successful acts have been duos, with last year’s Bella Voci and 2017’s Into The Ark all reaching the live finals.
Who are the coaches for the new series?
It has now been confirmed that all four coaches from the 2018 series have signed to return for the latest series.
Delighted to be back after making an impressive debut, pop superstar Olly Murs, who has just released his eagerly awaited sixth album titled You Know I Know, says: “Now I’ve got one season under my belt, I can’t wait to see what my second season has in store for me. Last year I managed to get seduced and picked some entertaining performers. The other coaches might think they have worked me out but I’m coming back with a bang, just you wait!”
Explaining his decision to return, longest-serving coach will.i.am says: “The UK always surprises me with some of the freshest artists and this keeps me coming back for more. By adding trios, we’re raising the bar, so bring it on!”
Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson (Best Supporting Actress for the musical Dreamgirls in 2007), whose place amongst the coaches was in doubt after it was announced she had been signed to star in a movie version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, said of her return, “I’m so happy to be re-joining the other coaches at The Voice UK. I’m ready and excited to discover some beautiful voices.”
Meanwhile showbiz veteran Sir Tom Jones, who was crowned the winning coach for the second time last year, said, “I’m raring to go on the search for some talented new singers. Bringing in the trio element will present a new sound that could shake everything up.”
Who will present The Voice UK 2019?
Emma Willis, who has been at the helm of The Voice UK since 2014 returns as the show’s frontwoman. “I’m so happy we’re about to get going all over again. I’ve learnt to expect the unexpected with performances, some make me want to bust a move, some give me goosebumps and some make me cry like a baby … no day is the same.
“I’m forever wondering ‘where have you been?’ and with trios signing up this year, it gives us an added layer.”
So who won the last series of The Voice UK?
Fans will remember 18-year-old Ruti Olajugbabe beat hot favourite Donel Mangena (famous for his dancing granny) to secure Tom Jones’ second win in the competition. Olajugbabe went straight to number one on the iTunes chart after she was crowned winner, and is currently working on her first album.
Speaking about his protégé, Jones says: “I’m so proud and excited for Ruti, who is in the studio doing some very impressive work, she’s developing into a true artist and I can’t wait for you all to hear her!”
Catch the first episode of The Voice UK on ITV Choice (DStv 123) on Sunday, 6 January at 18:00 and every Sunday at the same time thereafter for the remainder of the series.