Will.i.am says Jennifer Hudson will make The Voice UK a hit on ITV

The Voice UK: Jennifer Hudson

Will.i.am reckons The Voice UK 2017 will prove a big hit on ITV.

And the Black Eyed Peas star says new coach Jennifer Hudson will be the reason why.

The Voice UK is BACK next month with the start date for the first ITV series having been confirmed this week.

The 2017 series will kick off on Saturday, January 7, at 8PM with its first round of blind auditions.

The Voice UK coaches

It will be the sixth series of the show and the first to air on ITV after the channel pinched the rights to the format from the BBC last year.

The Voice 2017 will see a new look panel: Will.i.am returns once more and is back with Sir Tom Jones, who missed out on the final BBC series. They welcome alongside them new coaches Jennifer Hudson and Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale.

Speaking ahead of the show's launch, Will raved about new signing Jennifer: "Her personality is so lively and colourful that it's magnetic.

"With the cast we have, and the excitement of being on a new network, people will tune in and they are going to stay tuned in because Jennifer is amazing."

In more changes, presenting duo Emma Willis and Marvin Humes have split with only Emma fronting the show now that it's on ITV.

Another mix up made on ITV is a new twist at the blind auditions.

As usual, budding contestants will perform to the backs of the coaches, and if a coach likes what they hear they can press their buzzer to turn and select that act for their team.

And as before, if more than the one coach spins then the power shifts over to the act on stage to decide which team they wish join.

The Voice UK coaches

But in a brand new twist to the format on ITV, coaches that don't spin will NOT get to see the act or speak to them once the audition is over.

They'll remain with their backs to the stage throughout unless they decide to hit their buzzer.

The Voice UK, Saturday nights on ITV, from January 7.

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