The Voice UK 2017 judges slam new blind audition twist

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The Voice UK coaches have slammed a new twist to the blind auditions on ITV.

Try outs for the new series - which begins on TV in 2017 - kicked off filming in Manchester earlier this year.

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

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 now those coaches that don't spin will NOT get to speak or even see the act who auditioned.

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."

The move hasn't impressed coaches, with Will.i.am admitting: "I don’t personally like that change. If there are no turns that person walks away with no feedback. We talk about it among ourselves.”

He explained: “Even when no one liked our demo when we were shopping it they gave us criticism on how to improve.

“From that, it changed my writing. I was like ‘I’m going to be the hook man’. It changed my perspective. The contestants won’t get that."

New signing Jennifer Hudson agreed.

She said: "I think feedback is needed – a conversation is needed.”

But not everyone is against the idea: Returning coach Sir Tom Jones suggested it may actually be better for the acts this way.

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 from Saturday, January 7.

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