The Voice UK reveals huge twist ahead of live semi-final

The future of the acts hoping to win ITV’s The Voice UK will be handed to the viewers as those watching will have as much influence as the coaches in the studio.

The competition moves into the knockout rounds this weekend and the coaches will get to select two of their acts to go through to the live Semi-Final.

This means that 16 acts will be knocked out of the competition but all is not lost for those that are cut.

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.

Following the second Knockout show (on Saturday, March 23) the vote will open via the official app for the public to have their say on who to give the Lifeline to, from the 16 performers who didn’t make it through.


Show host Emma Willis will open the vote just before the show closes and the public will have until 11.30pm 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.

Coach 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 added: “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 also agreed that this is an exciting addition: “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.”

The Voice UK continues this Saturday on ITV in the earlier time slot of 7.30pm.

The Knockouts start this Saturday and conclude the following weekend, determining who make up the semi-final, when the series goes live on Saturday, March 30.

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