The Voice Kids (UK TV series)
|The Voice Kids|
|Created by||John de Mol|
|Presented by||Emma Willis|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||16 (as of 21 July 2018)|
|Running time||90–120 minutes (including advert breaks)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||10 June 2017– present|
The Voice Kids is a British television talent show created by John de Mol and its first premiere was on 10 June 2017 on ITV. Presented by Emma Willis, the programme is a junior version of The Voice UK and is part of The Voice Kids' worldwide franchise. The coaches are will.i.am, Danny Jones and Pixie Lott. Repeats also air on CITV and ITV2. The Voice Kids UK was renewed for a third series in June 2018, to air in 2019.
The show aired in the fall of 2018, in various primetime and late-night timeslots, on Universal Kids.
In early 2016, along with the announcement that The Voice UK would move to ITV under a three-year deal, it was announced that the network had ordered The Voice Kids, a junior spinoff featuring younger aspiring singers, for two series. After attaining high ratings, it was announced that the network had renewed The Voice Kids for three series. The Voice Kids 2018 was sponsored by trivago.
The open auditions application for the first series closed on 2 September 2016, with the age limit being 7–14 years old. The show began staging producers' audition days in August 2016 across the United Kingdom, with the blind auditions beginning filming in December 2016.
There are four phases to the competition:
- Stage 1: Blind Auditions
- Stage 2: Battle Rounds
- Stage 3: Semi-Final
- Stage 4: Live Final
In the first series, the winner received £30,000 and a family trip to Disneyland Paris. Unlike the adult version, there are no knockouts rounds. When it was previously reported that the adult version's sixth series would feature five live shows (which turned out to be the usual three), reports claimed that there would be three live shows; however there was only one, the live final. The semi-final was pre-recorded at L2 Studios on 19 February 2017.
To date, two series has been broadcast as summarised below.
|Series||Start||Finish||Winner||Other finalist(s)||Winning coach||Presenter||Coaches|
|1||10 June 2017||16 July 2017||Jess Folley||Riccardo Atherton||Erin LeCount||Courtney Hadwin||Gina Philpot||Jake McKechnie||Pixie Lott||Emma Willis||Will||Pixie||Danny|
|2||14 July 2018||21 July 2018||Daniel Davies||Lilia Slattery||Sienna-Leigh Campbell||Yaroslav Yakubchuk||Drew Gudojc||Harry Romer|
Coaches and presenters
On 15 November 2016, it was announced Pixie Lott and Danny Jones from McFly would be coaches along with will.i.am. Of this announcement, Pixie Lott commented, "I can’t wait to join The Voice Kids and help discover the next big star. I have such a passion for talented young people and I know the UK will have lots – I can’t wait to hear them! I’m looking forward to getting started and working alongside my fellow coaches will.i.am and Danny Jones." Jones stated, "I'm pumped about joining The Voice Kids team. There are so many talented kids out there, they just need to be heard and this is a great platform for them. I’m looking forward to finding some fresh talent and coaching them. You never know, there might be a mini McFly out there!" and will.i.am said, "Doing The Voice Kids with Pixie and Danny is going to be dope and I'm really excited to discover just how talented British kids can be." In December 2018, it was announced that Jessie J would join will.i.am, Jones and Lott for the third series.
After the announcement that she would be staying with the adult show, Emma Willis announced in July 2016 that she would be presenting The Voice Kids. Of this announcement, Willis commented, "Hosting The Voice Kids will be like being at my house on a Saturday night; lots of kids singing, with me trying to keep some kind of order. Thankfully, the musical genius that is will.i.am is there to bring some expertise to the table. It’s going to be pretty awesome."
|Series||Series premiere||Series premiere
|Series final||Series finale
(inc. results shows)
|1||10 June 2017||4.71||16 July 2018||3.51||8||3.78|
|2||14 July 2018||3.33||21 July 2018||3.48||8||3.31|
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