The Voice UK celebrates ratings success as auditions for next year start

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The Voice UK is celebrating ratings success as it opens auditions for 2019.

The Voice UK’s average ratings for this year’s series were 300,000 up on last year, new consolidated figures show.

ITV has today revealed that the 2018 series drew an average of 5.3 million viewers and pulled in a strong average audience share of 27 per cent – up 4 share points on 2017.

This year’s final also saw a big ratings boost, pulling in an average of 5.9 million viewers and a 28 per cent audience share – up a huge 1.9 million and 9 share points on last year.

The Voice 2018 winner Ruti Olajugbagbe is currently working on her debut album after securing the prize of a record deal with Polydor. Her song from the show, Dreams, went straight to No.1 on the iTunes chart and peaked at No.14 on the Official Singles Chart.

Applications are now open for next year’s series, which will include trios for the first time alongside solo singers and duos.

Singers must be 16 years old and over by 1 October 2018 in order to apply.

The Voice UK’s executive producer Lily Wilson said: “This year's series of The Voice UK was fantastic and we have an amazing winner in Ruti.

“We have now launched the search to find next year's star vocal talent and are looking for incredible solo singers, duos and - new for this series – trios to take part. Get applying now!"

Those wanting to apply should head to the websites – http://www.itv.com/thevoice/apply

The Voice will return to TV in 2019. Whether or not this year's coaches - Will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones, Jennifer Hudson and Olly Murs - will be back has yet to be confirmed.

Before then, The Voice Kids will air this summer with Will.i.am, Danny Jones and Pixie Lott.

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