The BBC has beaten ITV in a bidding war for The Voice – a new singing talent show, which has taken America by Storm.
“I’m absolutely delighted that The Voice will be coming to the BBC.” said Danny Cohen, Controller of BBC One “It’s a big, exciting and warm-hearted series and will be a fantastic Saturday night event on BBC One.”
The show’s format consists of three stages: a blind audition, a battle phase, then on to live performance shows. Four judges will choose teams of contestants through a blind audition process. Each judge has the length of the auditioner’s performance to decide if he or she wants that singer on his or her team. If two or more judges want the same singer then the singer gets the final choice.
Here’s a video clip from a blind audition from the America series:
The show is created by producer John de Mol, owner of Talpa Media and creator of Big Brother.
John de Mol said: “The Voice stands for a new generation in its genre and I’m delighted that in the UK it has been picked up by the BBC who really share my passion and belief in the show.”
The Voice will debut on BBC One next year.