Singer Jessie J has been named as the first judge for new BBC talent show 'The Voice'.
The programme, which is set to launch in the Spring of 2012, will be the BBC's answer to 'The X Factor', and has already been a success in the US.
It will feature 'blind auditions', where the panel hear contestants sing without seeing them and judge them on their voices alone.
“I do think sometimes that a lot of people don't audition for these shows because... they don't feel they look like a popstar. I can't wait, I'm so excited about it,” she said.
Others rumoured for spots on the panel include Lenny Kravitz, Charlotte Church and former 'X Factor' judge Cheryl Cole.
Cee Lo Green, who is a judge on the US version of the show, recently revealed that he had been offered a slot on the UK show, but has already committed to a second season in the US, alongside Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine.
BBC controller Danny Cohen added: “Jessie J is going to be an amazing coach on ‘The Voice UK’. She's a massive young star with a strong personality, and her recent MOBO nominations are testament to her musical and creative ability.” [BBC]
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Andrew Lloyd-Webber thinks that TV talent shows are finished. “I think the reality shows are at saturation point and probably what proves that is what has happened to ‘X Factor’ in America,” he said. “I'm rather glad I didn't get involved in American TV, which I was asked to do. I just think it is all going to simply go wrong and I would quite like to come back and do something when I really feel there is a role I would want to cast.” [The Sun]
Louis Walsh has been slammed by fans of 'The X Factor' for his choice of finalists. Twitter users have called his group 'a joke', accusing him of putting through 'weird singers' instead of the better vocalists. There's even a Facebook page called 'Sack Louis Now' criticising the Irish judge. “I absolutely stand by the final four. It’s not just about a person’s vocal, it’s about the whole package,” he said. “No one wants to hear just singers, they want personalities. My acts will more than prove their worth.” [Daily Mirror]
Daily TV round-up – Jessie J confirmed as judge for The VoiceBy Ben Arnold | Yahoo! TV News – Fri, Oct 7, 2011 17:13 BST
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