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After initially being shown on the BBC, the latest series of The Voice is being broadcast on ITV. There have been a few changes made to the series and that includes the coaching panel and the blind auditions stage of the show.

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The Voice UK 2018

The coaching team for the 2018 series saw just the one change to the line-up with Olly Murs taking over from Gavin Rossdale who leaves the show after just one series.

Mangena Hot Favourite to Win

The competition is down to the final seven singers with w.ill.iam in a strong position with three of them in his team. Sir Tom Jones has two and Olly Murs and Jennifer Hudson one each. Here's the probably not magnificent seveHolly Ellison.

Team w.ill.iam

Mark Asari

Tai

Donal Mangena

Team Tom Jones

Eliza Gutteridge

Lucy Milburn

Team Murs

Holly Ellison

Team J-Hudson

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Donal Mangena is the favourite to win the competition and is 6/4 with SkyBet followed by Lucy Milburn at 6/1.

Mo Adeniran Wins The Voice 2017

The first series of The Voice on ITV saw several changes being made with a new coaching panel comprising of old and new names. Sir Tom Jones who didn't appear in the final BBC series made his return but Boy George, Paloma Faith and Ricky Wilson all left the panel. They were replaced by Gavin Rossdale and Jennifer Hudson. One thing that didn't change was the presence of will. i. am who has appeared on all the series of the show. Emma Willis  was retained as the host but Marvin Humes left the show and Cel Spellman hosts the online spin-off show The V Room.

The filming for the show began on October 19 with blind auditions taking place at MediaCity in Salford. There was a change to the rules and if all four coaches didn't turn their chairs around, there was no need to talk to the rejected contestant, all a bit cruel and no reasons given for the rejection.

The new series hit the ITV screens on January 7 and the following weeks saw seven episodes of blind auditions, two battle rounds and four live shows culminating in the final. Ratings for the show started at 7.06m but dropped as the weeks went by and only 4.02m watched the winner be announced.

That winner was Mo Adeniran who had previously been a hotel worker in Warrington. When he auditioned, all four coaches turned their chairs and he chose to join Team Jennifer Hudson. He has had one release so far and 'Unsteady' reached 78 in the charts so the search for a winner of the series who can be successful in the charts continues.

The Voice Kids

 There is also a spin-off show - The Voice Kids which was shown in June with Emma Willis again hosting. There were three coaches; Pixie Lott, Danny Jones and the ever present will. i. am.  The first prize was 30,000 pounds but no recordigng contract. Instad, the winner Jess Folley won a trip to Disneyland Paris.

 

When can I see The Voice UK?

It runs from January to April on ITV and is shown on Saturday evening with the occasional Sunday evening show too. The Voice Kids show runs in June.

What betting opportunities are available for using my Free Bet?

It's possible to bet on the following

  • Overall winner
  • Gender of Winner
  • Winning Coach

History of The Voice

The show was created in Holland - by the same Dutch production company that invented Big Brother - and first aired in the UK in 2012. It has spread to 53 other countries since.

The format is a little bit different to other shows that you've seen such as 'The X-Factor' and 'Pop Idol.' The big difference takes place at the audition stage. There's the usual menu of personal stories from the contestants but the four judges sit in huge chairs that do not face the stage. The idea here is that the coaches make their decisions based on how a contestant sounds not what they look like. If they want to potentially mentor the singer then they press a button and their chair swivels round to indicate their interest. If more than one coach does this then they have to try to persuade the singer to join their team. If no coaches turn their chairs around then the contestant is eliminated from the competition.

Once each coach has chosen their teams, the next stage of the competition is the Battle Phase with head-to-head sing-offs between singers. It's possible at this stage for judges to steal other judge's performers.

The third stage is the Knockout Stage where the coaches have seven singers left and have to choose three to go through to the live shows. From then on it's fairly similar to other singing contestants with 12 singers performing live with eliminations each week after public votes. The overall winner receives a record contract with Universal Records.

Who has won the Voice UK in the past?

  • 2012- Leanne Mitchell - her best selling single reached number 45. Her album only reached number 134 and she lost her record deal in 2014.
  • 2013- Andrea Begley - The partially sighted singer's single 'My Immortal' reached number 30 in the UK and her album got to number 7 in the download charts. She now has a contract with Capitol Records and was last seen judging a buskers competition.
  • 2014 - Jermain Jackman - His single reached number 75 and a debut album got to 42. He quit the music business last year.
  • 2015 - Stevie McCrorie - His single 'Lost Stars' got to number six in the charts. His first album was a flop but a second released this month got to 35 in the charts.
  • 2016 - Kevin Simm - a former member of Liberty X. His single reached 24 in the UK charts but his album failed to chart.

 


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