The Voice UK returns to ITV in 2018, as the search for a new vocal superstar is back!
X Factor star Olly Murs joins the line up as Jennifer Hudson, Sir Tom Jones and will.i.am all return.
This year’s winner will again scoop a recording contract with music giants Polydor, home to global stars Take That and Ellie Goulding as well as the UK’s biggest breakthrough artists including The 1975 and Years & Years.
Winning coach from last year Jennifer Hudson is back, and can’t wait to get started.
“My first season, I had the pressure of being new and now I have the pressure of being reigning champion. I am trying not to think about it too much and just have fun with it.”
The superstar is excited to be back with will and Tom too, adding: “It is so fun and such an interesting panel. You have Tom, a legend, who I am always blown away by. It is just a joy to be in his presence and sit next to him and watch and learn from him.
Will, I swear his mind is like outer space. Just trying to understand his thought process and how he thinks keeps me going. What is Will saying? What is he thinking? Where is he going with this? But it makes it a very interesting panel.”
Jennifer has been singing during the live recordings too, to the joy of the audience!
“I always love to sing. I love singing for the audience. Sometimes I just sit there and do it subconsciously. Whenever I am performing, I want to hear the audience too. They want to be part of it too.”
Hudson is in it to win it too: “I definitely think my team can win again this year. I am still passionate about the contestants and I feel that is what helped us win last season. The passion will never die.”
She also has a very special plate the singer brought to each audition, with an interesting story…
“A fan gave it to me in America. She said every time I sing, I take everyone to church and gave me a collection plate. I said I would take it with me to The Voice UK.
In church, we take up a collection after the choir sings. So if the acts have sung exceptionally well, I feel the need to get up and take a collection from the audience. Of course any money collected will go to charity.
The Voice UK returns to ITV on Saturday January 6 at 8pm.