The Voice UK 2017: Will.i.am says new audition twist "sucks"

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Will.i.am has said a new twist to The Voice UK on ITV "kind of sucks".

Blind auditions for the new series - which starts in 2017 - kicked off filming in Manchester this week.

And while the spinning red chairs and buzzers are back, there is a slight twist.

On the BBC series, once an audition was over, all the chairs turned so the coaches who didn't hit the buzzer still saw acts and offered them advice or reasons why they hadn't spun.

The Voice UK 2017 coaches judges
The Voice UK 2017 coaches judges

But not any more.

Host Emma Willis explained: “If you don’t push your button for a contestant, you don’t get to see them… If nobody turns then nobody gets to see who’s sung."

Emma thinks it might make the judges' more honest: "When [the coaches] haven’t seen that person then they don’t have to interact with them directly – it becomes a little more ‘oh, I thought they were a little off-key’ – they might not have said that having seen them.”

However Will.i.am, the only coach on every series of the UK show, reckons it "kind of sucks".

He said: “It’s going to be easier for us, but the idea is harsh for the singer.

“No explanation, no like ‘hey, here’s what you could have done better’. They just go in cold. No one cares, no one turns and they don’t even get a nugget of info. That kind of sucks.”

But returning coach Sir Tom Jones suggested it may be better for the acts this week.

Sir Tom Jones on The Voice 2017
Sir Tom Jones on The Voice 2017

He said to the Radio Times: “I think it’s a good idea because one of the worst things is when you haven’t pressed your button and you turn around and you’ve got to explain to the people why you didn’t.

"I know if I was in that person’s position and nobody turned then I’d want to get out of there!”

The new series of The Voice UK will air on ITV in the new year.

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