Make a note to tune in to tonight's new series
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