ITV's The Voice Kids to have three coaches - including one of its very own

Could Will.i.am be doing double duty in the spinning chairs next year?

The Voice Kids trailer

ITV's new The Voice UK spin-off The Voice Kids is set to feature a panel of three coaches - one of whom WON'T be taking part in the grown-ups' version.

ITV has signed up to air two children's editions of the spinning-chair talent contest - featuring 8 to 14-year-old contestants - and we're now beginning to hear some rumours of how they will work.

While The Voice is expected to have four coaches as always, according to the Radio Times, The Voice Kids will only have three.

This was to be expected, as The Voice Kids usually has shorter runs - with the magazine's sources suggesting it could even be stripped across a couple of weeks, like the Britain's Got Talent live shows.

Two of the coaches will apparently be brought over from the main show, while the third will be unique to the Kids' version.

Other important details - such as when in the year it will air, or whether Emma Willis will be its host - are still unclear.

Bosses have also yet to confirm which musical superstars have signed up for the judging roles.

It's widely expected that Will.i.am - the only coach to have done every UK series so far - will return to The Voice, but it's unclear whether he'd also be available for The Voice Kids.

Both shows will make their ITV debuts next year, with auditions now open on the broadcaster's website.

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