New BBC talent show 'The Voice' is to cut the harsh criticism of new singers in favour of positive encouragement.
Shows such as 'The X Factor', 'Strictly Come Dancing' and 'Dancing On Ice' have always featured a 'Mr Nasty' on the judging panel, but the tide is turning, according to reports.
“There's definitely a view that uplifting content works at the moment. We don't believe viewers will embrace contestants being verbally bullied by a mean judge in the same way they might have a few years ago,” a BBC executive source told the Daily Mail.
The show is set to start in the spring, hosted by Holly Willoughby and Reggie Yates.
On the judging panel is Tom Jones, Jessie J, Will.I.Am from the Black Eyed Peas and Danny O'Donoghue from The Script. [Daily Mail]
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Matt Smith has quashed rumours that he will quit ‘Doctor Who’ after his sidekick Karen Gillan leaves the show. “I am very happy to stay. I love it. I’ll miss Karen because she’s my best mate. She’s mad as a box of cats but a firecracker,” he said. “But there comes a time when a story concludes – and the essence of the show is that it constantly reinvents itself.” [The Mirror]
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Jennifer Saunders has said it's harder for women to succeed in television now than it was 20 years ago. “I don’t think things have moved on for women much in TV,” said the 'Ab Fab' star. “It’s a bit of a boys’ club, and if you’re a boy you can do less and get further. I still feel that.” [Daily Telegraph]