New singing show The Voice is set to make the X Factor a thing of the past! As the nation gets bored of Louis Walsh and whoever else sits alongside him on ITV (as let’s face it, Louis is the only long-term one), the BBC have come up with a genius twist. Led by chart-topping artists Jessie J and Will.I.Am, the juding panel on The Voice are going to have their backs to the contestants in the audition stages and therefore focus on sound rather than style. The format has proved successful in America, where our favourite Dirty Girl Christina Aguilera, smooth crooner Cee-Lo Green, Carson Daly and country music star Blake Shelton preside over proceedings where the winner receives $100,000 and a record deal with Universal.
Very is excited as we have our mitts on the first photos to emerge from the set as you can see above. Notice how there are swivel chairs – that’s so Dr Evil in Austin Powers! The show’s guaranteed to be a success as it will be hosted by our very own Holly Willoughby, and, lets face it, when has Holly done anything that wasn’t worth a watch? We got some exclusive gossip from producers, who told us this is what we can expect from the series when it starts on BBC One on 24 March:
The full-line up on the UK judging panel will be hosts Holly Willoughby and Reggie Yates, with celebrity mentors Tom Jones, Jessie J, Will.i.Am and The Script frontman Danny O’Donoghue. Irish Danny is worried that nobody will be able to understand him, but he needs to look at X Factor judge Louis Walsh- somehow we all hear what he’s saying each week.
Jessie J, who has just signed a deal to write her autobiography, reveals she will be dressing herself for each show and has turned down a TV stylist to find outfits for her. She says she’s not competing against any other female TV host and wants to pick her own unique jumpsuits and leggings and chose her own image. Brave girl!
Christina Aguilera has advised the UK judges that it works better for everyone when they’re positive, saying: “One of the reasons I was hesitant about doing a show like this was because I wanted to make sure I was a part of something very positive and not negative just for television’s sake. I wanted to bring positivity and a really honest perspective – it’s better for everyone.” It’s a nice thought from X-tina, but we’re not sure Will.I.Am will be able to hold back if there’s something he doesn’t like.
Will.I.Am will bring drama to the show, firstly because we can expect a bro-mance between Tom Jones and Will.I.Am. While Will always looks a bit like a hard-nosed rap singer, he’s admitted having a long-term admiration for Tom and says Tom’s the reason he decided to say yes to The Voice. The smitten singer said: ‘We started with a music industry being one thing where it was truly about the song, the performance, the voice. You didn’t know if the singer was short, black, white, fat or skinny. Tom Jones was a part of that. He was a part of music when it was about going on the Ed Sullivan Show and American Bandstand. He was a part of that. He witnessed the American music industry when it was feuding black and white. He saw two cultures come together. ‘That’s why I’m proud to work on a show with Tom.’
It’s highly likely that Cheryl Cole will perform on The Voice as she’s managed by Will.I.Am. We hope this happens as not only would it be an excuse to ogle Cheryl’s fashion choices but it’d also drive Simon Cowell crazy! Cowell’s Britain’s Got Talent is on ITV at the same time as The Voice, so Cheryl will be torn between her old show and her new manager. Revenge will be sweet for our Chez – its time for her to get her own back for being sacked from the X Factor. And if she does appear on the show, rest assured Very will be watching her fashion choices very carefully!
We’ll bring you more behind the scenes gossip each and every week, so stick with us if you want to know more about the show than what you see on TV.
Love Zoe x