The Voice 2017: Emma Willis teases game-changing twist ahead of new series launch

The Voice UK host Emma Willis has revealed that the revamped version of the talent show is moving to its new home on ITV with a particularly brutal twist. *Cue evil laugh*

In addition to the new TV station and judging line-up, there will be a drastic shake-up at the blind auditions stage of the singing competition, where all four coaches have to judge a contestant based purely on their vocal abilities.

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On the BBC’s version of The Voice, all of the coaches used to be able to meet the contestant at the end of their audition, regardless of whether they pressed their buzzer or not.

But it’s all change for ITV’s first series next year, as the coaches now won’t be able to see the contestant unless they press their buzzer, meaning that if no one turns their chair, the act will be sent home without speaking to the judges.

Presenter Emma Willis opened up about the exciting new format change, explaining how she thinks it will help to refocus the coaches’ feedback and allow for far more honest critiques.

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“I think it is good – they do it in other territories on The Voice around the world, and it instigates different chat between the coaches,” she told Digital Spy. “When they see someone who hasn’t turned, it’s very apologetic.

“But if they haven’t seen that person and don’t have to interact directly, it’s a bit more ‘that was a little bit off key’, where they might not have said having seen them. So I think it’s a good thing for the show.”

The forthcoming series of the show will see Sir Tom Jones returning to judge alongside former BBC coach, with newcomers Jennifer Hudson and Gavin Rossdale claiming their own red chairs.

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New recruit Gavin described the twist as being “so cold”, but also admitted that it would make for some “really good viewing” while Voice veteran agreed, and said the silent treatment will be “harsh for the singer.”

Tom Jones added: “If I was in that position and nobody turned, I’d want to get out of there!”

The Voice will make its ITV debut next year.