The Voice UK 2014 is back this month but what’s new about this third series and just how will it all work? Here’s our guide on all you need to know before the auditions kick off…
What time does The Voice 2014 start?
The third series of The Voice UK kicks off on Saturday night, January 11 at 7PM with the first round of the blind auditions. It’s a 90 minute opener as the new line up of coaches are introduced and the first hopefuls sing for a place in the next round.
Who are this year’s Voice UK coaches?
It’s all change on the panel this year. Will.i.am and Sir Tom Jones are both back for a third year, but Jessie J and Danny O’Donoghue are both out.
Aussie popstar Kylie Minogue joins in place of Jessie, while The Kaiser Chiefs rocker Ricky Wilson takes over Danny’s seat.
Who is presenting it all?
Just like the coaching line up, the presenting duo have also been refreshed, with neither Holly Willougby nor Reggie Yates returning.
Celebrity Big Brother’s Emma Willis will instead be hosting the show this year, with help from JLS star Marvin Humes in his first ever primetime presenting gig.
Any other changes?
This year all of the pre-recorded stages of the show – that’s the auditions, battles and knockouts – were filmed at the BBC’s new home in Manchester, rather than in London.
Other than that, the format looks to remain pretty much the same as in last year’s series.
Will it be any good?
Well that certainly remains to be seen. We loved the first two series and think that this new panel could prove to be quite a bit more fun and attract better ratings, but it’s ultimately going to be the acts that make or break the show.
And finally, what happened to last year’s winner?
Andrea Begley (controversially) beat Leah McFall in last year’s final to win the series.
Andrea, who was mentored by Danny O’Donoghue, went on to release her debut album in October. Called The Message it featured a combination of covers and self-penned songs from the Northern Irish singer.
The record did a lot better on the charts than Series One winner Leanne Mitchell managed, with the album making the Top 10.