Buried amid all the excitement of the new series of The Voice UK, which has started its audition process, there’s been a whole spinning chair full of confusion, with claims that the show could be cut from the BBC after the next series.
Claims which were then dismissed by NEW claims that the Beeb would be re-signing the show on a three-year deal.
The Voice is seeing a shake-up for the new series, with Boy George and Paloma Faith replacing Sir Tom Jones and Rita Ora as coaches.
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According to sources though, this might be the last time we’ll get to turn on the BBC and pretend we’re in our own spinning chair by sitting with our back to the TV, as budget cuts mean the show might be ending after five seasons.
A source said: “The BBC has had no choice but to walk away. In the face of all the cuts being made following the licence fee settlement it was impossible to compete.”
The Voice has apparently cost the BBC £55million so far.
The source also claimed that ITV could take over the show in a three-year deal, telling The Mirror: “We’d really like to hang on to the Voice, it’s a brilliant show and viewers love it, but we won’t get into a bidding war with ITV.”
HOWEVER, The Mirror are now reporting that despite the speculation, the BBC will announce today that they’re re-signing the singing show for their own three-year deal.
ITV had apparently offered to pay the same amount as the BBC pays now (£11m a year) alongside spin-offs, such as a kids version of the show.
It seems their bid was rejected though, with the Beeb reportedly securing the show despite offering less money.
Whatever drama is going on behind-the-scenes, we’re just excited to see the new series. Bring it on!