The search for a new vocal superstar is back as The Voice UK returns to ITV in 2018.
Pop sensation Olly Murs joins Jennifer Hudson, Sir Tom Jones and will.i.am to complete
the new panel of coaches.
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.
Tom Jones think he’s got the winning team, too “I’m so pleased with the talent on my team, it seems like a good year this year for me.”
But he’s not too concerned about reining champ Jennifer. “She was confident as soon as she sat in that chair! That is her personality, she is a very experienced, confident person.
Of course she’d like to win again, we’d all like to. When you get a winner it is reassuring that you’ve done a good job and you have brought that person to where he or she should be.
Tom’s finalists from last year, Into the Ark, have been touring with Jones too. “They have got a bright future ahead of them. They’ve been developing through experience and they are writing and performing consistently.
“They seem to be quite unique as there is nothing like them around at the moment and that is a good thing. They are going to tour with me in America next spring, which I’m looking forward to.”
Tom knows what he is looking for this year… “What moves Will or Jennifer or Olly maybe wouldn’t move me and vice versa.
We hear different things in singers. Sometimes we all hear the same thing and that is why we all turn.
When we all say, ‘I’ll know it when I hear it,’ it is difficult to explain what ‘it’ is until you actually do hear.
Tom’s confident he has a winner too “I always think I do, I wouldn’t have picked these singers otherwise.
But I can always see the potential in the other teams as well, I know what I am up against.”
“I think this year there are more really good singers than we have had before so it is going to be more difficult. We have one steal at the Battles but I wish we had more!”
The Voice UK returns to ITV on Saturday January 6 at 8pm.