The Voice to get brutal new twist

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 October 2016
Emma Willis

Emma Willis

Emma Willis has teased that the 'Voice' judges won't be allowed to turn round unless they hit their buzzers

'The Voice' is set to get a new brutal twist that'll force the judges to dish out gut-wrenching critical feedback during the red-chair blind auditions.

Emma Willis - who will front the show alone now that it's moved across to ITV - has teased a change in format for the forthcoming series that'll see the panel banned from swinging round to see the contestants unless they put themselves forward as a mentor.

Speaking to Digital Spy, the brunette beauty said: "If you don't push your button for a contestant, you don't get to see them. So only the people who press the button get to see who it is, so if no one turns, no one sees who sung."

However, the 40-year-old presenter thinks the change will be "good" for the show as it'll force the judges -, Sir Tom Jones, Jennifer Hudson and Gavin Rossdale - to be less apologetic towards the contestants and a lot more critical.

She explained: "I think it is good - they do it in other territories on 'The Voice' around the world, and it instigates different chat between the coaches. When they see someone who hasn't turned, it's very apologetic. But if they haven't seen that person and don't have to interact directly, it's a bit more 'that was a little bit off key', where they might not have said having seen them. So I think it's a good thing for the show."

For the past five years, the show has aired on the BBC but it'll now swap across to rival channel ITV after bosses snapped it up for an impressive price earlier this year.

Bosses at the network have wasted no time switching up the format and even ditched last year's coaches Paloma Faith, Ricky Wilson and Boy George for a new panel. is the only judge to feature on the show since the beginning in 2012.

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