Emma opened up about how things have been different for her since she returned to film new episodes of the ITV talent search during the pandemic, admitting she's found it very hard not to be able to physically console the contestants and their families.
"In the blinds, it's the families I can't console but in the battles it's them [the contestant], two metres away from me and I feel really bad for them obviously and I carry the guilt of them not going through," she told The Sun Online.
"I just kept going 'virtual hugs' but I'm sure in the gallery they're probably going 'stop bloody saying virtual hugs'.
"I just feel really bad and you can feel the disappointment in some people."
The former Big Brother host added that she finds it so "natural" that she's really struggled with social distancing on set, recalling having to tell people: "'I'm really sorry' – but we live in a Covid world where we can't hug."
She added that although she misses physical contact, she knows how lucky she is that she gets to return to work after such a difficult few months.
"We're just bloody lucky that we can do it all really so I'll deal with the no hugs. It's just nice to be able to do the show," she said.
But the latest changes on the show aren't all social distancing related. When new episodes start airing on Saturday (January 2), fans will notice a new face on the coaching panel as newbie Anne-Marie makes her debut.
The singer will be replacing US singer Meghan Trainor, who will be sitting out the latest round of shows due to travel restrictions and her pregnancy.
The Voice UK returns to ITV on Saturday, January 2.
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