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The X Fac­tor came to a tri­umphant end for Ben Haenow, while the Strictly Come Danc­ing fi­nale re­cently de­cided on their win­ner Caro­line Flack for the Glit­ter­ball trophy. But for those re­al­ity telly ad­dicts who are won­der­ing what on earth they’re go­ing to do with their Satur­day evenings now that lot are done and dusted for another year, fear not. This is where the Beeb’s The Voice UK, Satur­day, BBC1, 7pm steps into the breach. Last year, the celebrity-led for­mat got a bit of a makeover, and it paid off. No dis­re­spect to the for­mer pre­sen­ters, but Emma Wil­lis and Marvin Humes did a ter­rific job of fronting the tal­ent search, while new re­cruits Kylie Minogue and Ricky Wilson helped take the judg­ing to a whole new level. Of course Will.i.am’s crazy anec­dotes con­tin­ued to bring in the laughs, and trusty old show sta­ple Tom Jones sim­ply oozed class as usual. But this year, it’s all change again – well, sort of. Kylie’s out, Rita Ora’s in, join­ing fel­low chair-hog­gers Ricky, Tom and Will. It’s lit­tle won­der the Beeb has pounced on the op­por­tu­nity to get Rita signed up for the show. In less than two years, she’s been cat­a­pulted to in­ter­na­tional star­dom, with four num­ber one UK hits, and a mul­ti­mil­lion sell­ing de­but al­bum – and let’s not for­get her role in the highly an­tic­i­pated Fifty Shades of Grey movie. Is there any­thing this woman can’t do? Speak­ing about her new role in The Voice UK, Rita says: "So ex­cited to be part of - and for my team to win - The Voice this se­ries! Let's have some fun Will, Tom and Ricky! I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to the blind au­di­tions – and spin­ning in my big red chair. EX­CITED!!!!” But she’s not the only ex­citable one, as Sir Tom ex­plains: "I'm re­ally look­ing for­ward to com­ing back to The Voice for sea­son four. Not only do I get to know and work with Rita, I can once again en­joy hear­ing and see­ing the tal­ent that comes from just about ev­ery cor­ner of the UK. I re­spect and ad­mire all those who have the guts and de­ter­mi­na­tion to get through each chal­lenge that the show presents, so let's see what hap­pens in 2015!" Of course, the whole thing, in true tra­di­tion, kicks off tonight with the over-sized high-backed chairs. A clever spin on so many tal­ent shows, the blind au­di­tions have been a de­light, not least be­cause of the ban­ter be­tween the judges. But who’s got what it takes to im­press Rita, Ricky, Will and Tom? For this fourth se­ries, we can once again rely on pre­sen­ters Emma Wil­lis and Marvin Humes to bring us all the back­stage gossip from hope­fuls – in­clud­ing a Scot­tish fire­man and a soap star’s daugh­ter – and those all-im­por­tant thoughts from the chairs.

Note­wor­thy Emma Wil­lis and Marvin Humes present

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