The Voice UK 2017: New changes revealed as the show moves to ITV

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The Voice UK 2017 is now over on ITV and some things are changing.

ITV confirmed last year that it had purchased the rights to the singing show in a three-year-deal from 2017.

The first of those series launched last month with the blind auditions and the battle rounds are now looming.

While the show will mostly remain the same as on BBC One, ITV have made a few changes...

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Firstly, Emma Willis will be back to front the show having hosted on the BBC. She said: “The Voice UK is very close to my heart and I’m absolutely delighted to be back on the show. Roll on the blind auditions!”

However ITV have confirmed her co-host Marvin Humes is NOT returning to present alongside her this year.

As for the judges, Will.i.am became the first name CONFIRMED as a coach on The Voice UK on ITV, joining straight from the BBC One series.

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ITV have undone the BBC's controversial work to bring back Sir Tom Jones to the show alongside two new names.

There's American singer Jennifer Hudson as well as British rocker Gavin Rossdale, lead singer of Bush, making for a very musically varied line up of judges.

There's also a brand new look set and the blind auditions have a little extra twist this year.

Previously once an audition was over, all the chairs turned so the coaches who didn't hit the buzzer still saw acts and offered them advice or reasons why they hadn't spun.

But now if no coaches press their buzzer will NOT get to speak or even see the act who auditioned.

Host Emma explained: “If you don’t push your button for a contestant, you don’t get to see them… If nobody turns then nobody gets to see who’s sung."

We'll also see more live shows, with five compared to the three on the BBC as the knockout rounds go live for the first time.

Another change is in the prize: The winner of The Voice UK 2017 will scoop a life changing record contract with music giants Polydor Records.

The label is home to global music stars Take That and Ellie Goulding, as well as The 1975 and Years & Years.

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But not all of ITV's changes have stuck.

There was meant to be an ITV2 spin-off show similar to the Xtra Factor but that idea has instead been replaced by an online digital show, The V-Room, hosted by Radio 1 DJ Cel Spellman.

Whether the new series will prove a hit or not remains to be seen!

 

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