The Voice UK 2019 reveals new public wild card 'Lifeline' twist

The Voice UK 2019

The Voice UK viewers will get the chance to vote for a wildcard act this year in a new 'Lifeline' twist.

Last weekend saw the end of the battle rounds following seven rounds of blind auditions.

Currently six acts remain in each of the four teams, led by mentors Will.i.am, Jennifer Hudson, Olly Murs and Sir Tom Jones.

In the knockouts each will perform a hopefully killer song for the panel and a live studio audience before their coach will decides which two of their acts will make it through to the live shows.

That means 16 acts will be knocked out of the competition. However, one of those 16 will now be saved with the introduction of the Lifeline vote, allowing the public to vote their favourite into the Semi-Final.

Following the second Knockout show next weekend (on Saturday 23rd March) the vote will open via the official app for the public to have their say on who to give the Lifeline to, out of the 16 performers who didn't make it through.

Emma Willis will open the vote just before the show closes and the public will have until 11.30pm that evening to vote. Voting is FREE and viewers can vote up to five times via the app; they can spread those votes however they wish, sharing them out or voting multiple times for the same act.

The successful solo singer or trio voted for by the public will be revealed at the live Semi-Final the following weekend.

It means one of the four coaches will head into the live shows with three acts instead of two.

Olly Murs said: “I think it’s great, it’s another glimmer of hope and I think it makes the contestants work that little bit harder to show the people at home watching the show – look, this is what I can do. Olly didn’t pick me but give me a chance!

"Of course, I hope I’ll have three in the final! It’s a great change this year.”

Jennifer Hudson added: “I’m happy about the addition of the Lifeline. I feel like it gives the contestants even more hope. It allows for a second chance.”

Will.i.am agreed: “The Lifeline is good. I’ve felt the benefit of it before because we had it in Australia and then I had more people on my team go through to the final.”

Sir Tom Jones commented: “The Lifeline is an exciting new addition this year. Saying goodbye to people at The Knockouts can be tough, it’s the biggest cut we see in the competition and giving the singers a second shot, from a public vote, means there’s a great opportunity up for grabs.”

The Voice UK continues this Saturday on ITV in the earlier time slot of 7.30pm.

Knockouts for The Voice UK start this Saturday (16th March 2019) and conclude the following weekend, determining who the Semi-Finalists will be when the series goes live on Saturday 30th March.

The knockouts will feature guests Years & Years’ Olly Alexander, Anne-Marie, James Arthur and Nicole Scherzinger joining the coaches.

You can watch and catch up on episodes of The Voice UK online via the ITV Hub.

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