The Voice 2017 judges fired? Coaches 'fear axe' as viewing figures drop

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The Voice UK 2017 judges have admitted they've no idea if they'll be back for next year's series.

ITV took charge of The Voice from the BBC this year in a three series contract.

Ratings for this first run have generally been below the last BBC One series with last Sunday's battle rounds hitting a low of 4.1 million viewers.

Of course there's still a way to go yet for this year's series and tonight The Voice UK will go live for the knock outs in a new twist to the format, where viewers will decide who makes the finals.

Chatting to the Daily Star newspaper, the show's coaches confessed that it was too soon to speculate over a potential return in 2018.

Newbie coach Gavin Rossdale is quoted as telling press: “Your jobs are more secure than ours! I don’t know if I’m coming back.”

The Voice UK veteran Sir Tom Jones - who was dropped from the final BBC One series - added to the newspaper: “It’s one year at a time.”

The pair are on this year's show alongside Jennifer Hudson and Will.i.am, the fifth different line up of coaches in six series; only the first two years had the same coaches when Sir Tom and Will were joined by Jessie J and Danny O'Donoghue.

The Voice UK airs live tonight at 8:30PM on ITV and continues Sunday night at 7:45PM.

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