If (like me) you love all those fabulous singing and dancing TV shows – then you are in for a treat! This Sunday, 6th January sees teh return of the incredibly popular The Voice UK – complete with its stellar panel of coaches – Jennifer Hudson, Olly Murs, Sir Tom Jones and will.i.am.

The team will be back in their iconic red chairs for the new series which starts on ITV Choice (DStv 123) at 18h00 – less than 24 hours after its premiere in the UK. They will be seeking the very best solo singers, duos and – in a competition first this year – trios.

Grammy, Oscar and BAFTA-winning singer and actress, Jennifer Hudson was recently cast in the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash musical Cats and is set to star as the young Aretha Franklin in the upcoming biopic about the Queen of Soul.

With five multi-platinum albums and countless sold-out arena tours, Olly Murs made his debut as a coach in the previous series. Since then, he has released his sixth studio album You Know I Know. On his return to the show, Murs says: “Now I’ve got one season under my belt, I can’t wait to see what my second season has in store for me.

The legendary Sir Tom Jones, with a phenomenal six decades in show business, will be back following a recent tour of the UK and Europe. Jones says: “I’m raring to go on the search for some talented new singers. Bringing in the trio element will present a new sound that could shake everything up. We’ll have to see of course, but whether it’s a solo singer, a duo or a trio, I’m hoping to find someone with that special spark.”

Entertainer, an innovator and seven-time Grammy award winner, will.i.am returns as Black Eyed Peas celebrate 20 years together and are prepping to perform across Europe with their Masters of The Sun Tour later this year.

Alongside the powerhouse coaching panel, Emma Willis is also back to present: “I’m so happy we’re about to get going all over again. I’ve learnt to expect the unexpected with performances, some make me wanna bust a move, some give me goosebumps, and some make me cry like a baby! No day is the same, I’m forever wondering ‘where have you been?’ and with trios signing up this year, it gives us an added layer.”

The winner of The Voice UK will be set on the road to realising their artistic ambitions with the ultimate prize of a recording contract with music giants Polydor Records.

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