The Voice UK under fire again for close links with Universal Music

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The Voice UK has come under fire again for its close links with Universal Music, after yet more o the show's artists were linked to the record giant.

Universal will sign the winner and all of the show's live finalists to its label, and many of the contestants already have links to the company.

Tyler James, who joined Team Will on Saturday night, was signed to the label in 2004. As was Cassius Henry, who even performed his single on Top Of The Pops.

The Daily Mirror reveals Heshima Thompson has also worked with the record label in the past.

And it's not only the contestants, with three of the show's coaches also being signed to Universal Music.

“These shows must be real and talent must get an equal opportunity," Labour MP Gerry Sutcliffe, of the Culture, Media and Sport committee told the newspaper. "People want to see a real show with real people. If it is being stage managed that is not the way forward.

“The Select Committee receives a quarterly report from the BBC, so if there is evidence we will be asking them to explain these things.”

Steve Rotheram, who also sits on the committee, added to the tabloid this morning: “These are supposed to be fresh acts.

"I’m sure if it is being sold to an audience one way and we find out it is not as it should be we will look at it.”

In a statement released this weekend, the BBC defended the new reality series, which is costing £22 million for two years.

“In addition to the usual strict editorial measures, the BBC has taken steps to ensure there can be no editorial influence," they said.

"Any suggestion otherwise is without foundation. The only criteria is entrants must not be under current recording contract.”

The Voice UK continues with its final audition show this Saturday night.

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