Major new blind auditions twist for The Voice is revealed
ITV has confirmed a huge change to the format of the blind auditions for The Voice in 2017.
The Voice is moving from the BBC over to ITV for its new series next year, and producers of the show are looking to mix things up a bit.
Previously, the blind auditions allowed all four of the coaches to see the singing contestant by the end of their audition. The judges who wanted to take the singer through to the next round in their category would press their button and their chair would spin around to face the chosen act. At the end of the song, the chairs of the judges who did not press their button would also spin around, so that they could see what they missed out on.
However, ITV are making things a little more interesting… Now, if a coach does not hit their button, their back will remain to the contestant.
This will create an interesting new dynamic between the rival judges, as certain judges remain in the dark about who exactly their competition is. It also means that if no one turns their chair, the hopeful will have to go home without speaking to the coaches.
The show’s presenter Emma Willis explained that the change was made to refocus the judges’ feedback from apologetic to honest. She told Digital Spy: “I think it is good – they do it in other territories on The Voice around the world, and it instigates different chat between the coaches.
“When they see someone who hasn’t turned, it’s very apologetic. But if they haven’t seen that person and don’t have to interact directly, it’s a bit more ‘that was a little bit off key’, where they might not have said having seen them. So I think it’s a good thing for the show.”
The Voice‘s judges also talked about the new format, with will.i.am reckoning it will be “harsh for the singer” and Gavin Rossdale describing the twist as “so cold”.
Tom Jones, however, believes the twist will be beneficial for any singers who receive four no’s: “If I was in that position and nobody turned, I’d want to get out of there!”
Tom Jones, will.i.am, Gavin Rossdale and Jennifer Hudson are set to sit in those famous spinning chairs in the new year, and we can’t wait to see how they’ll cope with the new ITV twist.
The Voice returns in January on ITV.