See The Voice UK 2019 contestants in the opening round of auditions

Here are all the pictures from the first round of blind auditions on The Voice 2019 UK.

Saturday evening sees the start of series eight as The Voice UK returns to ITV.

This year the coaches remain the same with Olly Murs, Will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones and Jennifer Hudson all back in the spinning red chairs.

Once again the four coaches have their backs to the stage so can only base their decision to hit the button and spin their chair on what they hear.

Each of the contestants who step out on stage must hold their nerve as the coaches search for their team of talented singers.

If they like what they hear, the coaches can spin to select that singer for their team.

If more than one coach turns, things get interesting, as the coaches use every trick in the book (including plenty of name dropping) to persuade the very best acts to join their team.

In a new twist for 2019, trios will be welcomed to the audition stage alongside duos and solo acts.

The Voice UK contestants

Acts taking to the stage tonight's first blind auditions include Molly Hocking, Brieya May, Mike Platt and Peter Donegan.

We also meet Nicole Dennis, Liam Walker and the first trio of the series Remember Monday - made up of Charlotte Steele, Holly-Ann Hull and Lauren Byrne.

Jennifer said of the new trio element: "It makes the Blinds that much more fun and exciting and interesting. When you hear one voice you think ‘hmm...I wonder if they’re older or younger, I wonder if it’s a male or a female’ kind of thing but now that we have trios it’s like ‘is there one voice, two or three?! Who is singing what?’

"Again it makes it that much more exciting and more to look forward to because there’s more to figure out. It’s like a little journey..."

The Voice 2019 starts at 8PM on Saturday January 5 on ITV.

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