If the first shot from the set of The Voice is anything to go by, its four coaches (don’t ever call them judges!) are piloting a talent show starship to the furthest reaches of the TV entertainment universe.
Seated on giant futuristic thrones, Danny O’Donoghue, Tom Jones, Jessie J and will.i.am are taking charge of BBC1’s answer to The X Factor – with a twist. Because in the opening rounds of The Voice, the coaches don’t see those auditioning – they only hear them.
Based on a Dutch format and already huge in America, the show is due to air in March and fans will be in for a treat as the coaches team up to perform a song written by one of them.
The Voice will be presented by Holly Willoughby and Reggie Yates.
Here’s a quick reminder of who the four coaches are:
Irish singer/songwriter Danny O’Donoghue, 31, is frontman of Dublin-based alt-rock band The Script. If you don’t own a Script album, you may know their music from TV – it’s been featured on a variety of US and UK dramas, including 90210, Waterloo Road, EastEnders and The Vampire Diaries.
A living singing legend, back in his home country of Wales Sir Thomas John Woodward would probably be known as Tom “The Voice” Jones. 71 years old and still going strong, Jones recently performed his hit James Bond theme Thunderball at the Bafta Film Awards.
With 18 global number ones, six million single sales and two million albums shifted – as well as a string of high-profile songwriting credits to her name – big-voiced Jessie J, 23, will surely bring popular appeal and musical credibility to a project that hinges on securing a good judging panel.
After rising to fame as a member of the hip-hop band Black Eyed Peas in the late 1990s, will.i.am, 36, has gone on to sell more than 50 million singles and 35 million albums worldwide. As a producer, he’s worked with some of the top names in the business, including Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, U2, Rihanna, Usher, Justin Timberlake and Cheryl Cole.