The Voice UK reveals a new twist ahead of this weekend’s Knockout rounds.
During this stage of the competition each superstar Coach–Jennifer Hudson, Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am and Olly Murs-will select two of their acts to go through to the live Semi-Final, which means 16 acts will be knocked out of the competition. However, one of those 16 will now be saved with the introduction of the Lifeline vote, allowing the public to vote their favourite into the Semi-Final.
The Voice UK continues this Saturday on ITV in the earlier time slot of 7.30pm. The Knockouts start this Saturday (March 16) and conclude the following weekend, determining who the Semi-Finalists will be when the series goes live on Saturday March 39. Check out the celebrity mentors who will assist the coaches during the round:
Following the second Knockout show (Saturday March 23) the vote will open via the official app for the UK public to have their say on who to give the Lifeline to, out of the 16 performers who didn’t make it through.
Host Emma Willis will open the vote just before the show closes and the UK public will have until 11.30pm GMT that evening to vote. Voting is free and viewers can vote up to five times via the app; they can spread those votes however they wish, sharing them out or voting multiple times for the same act. The successful solo singer or trio will be revealed at the live Semi-Final the following weekend.
Jennifer Hudson said: “I’m happy about the addition of the Lifeline. I feel like it gives the contestants even more hope. It allows for a second chance.”
Olly Murs said: “I think it’s great, it’s another glimmer of hope and I think it makes the contestants work that little bit harder to show the people at home watching the show – look, this is what I can do. Olly didn’t pick me but give me a chance! Of course, I hope I’ll have three in the final! It’s a great change this year.”
Sir Tom Jones said: “The Lifeline is an exciting new addition this year. Saying goodbye to people at The Knockouts can be tough, it’s the biggest cut we see in the competition and giving the singers a second shot, from a public vote, means there’s a great opportunity up for grabs.”
Will.i.am said: “The Lifeline is good. I’ve felt the benefit of it before because we had it in Australia and then I had more people on my team go through to the final.”