The first series of The Voice UK got off to a good start last year. We all enjoyed the blind audition rounds with their will-they-won’t-they chair-spinning antics (for a while, at least), but then we got to the Battles and the live shows and it turned into something of a shouting competition and everyone got a bit bored.
Clearly, series two needs more gimmicks – and the show’s bosses are aiming to deliver them, with the announcement this morning of two major “twists”.
The Battles round will now give coaches Jessie J, will.i.am, Tom Jones and Danny O’Donoghue a chance to pinch acts from their opponents – albeit their cast-offs – while the Knockouts will see each artist pick their own personal “killer song” to perform.
“This year, in the Battles, each of our coaches can STEAL a rival coach’s artist from the ones that get out-battled,” tweeted @BBCTheVoiceUK, the show’s official Twitter account.
“After the Battles comes THE KNOCKOUTS, where each artist picks a “killer song” to perform. Coaches take their favourite three to the finals.”
So there you have it: chair-turning, act-stealing and song-killing (or something) – the three pillars of the new, possibly improved (we’ll reserve judgement on that) The Voice UK, coming to a TV screen near you this summer.