THE VOICE UK KIDS: PIXIE LOTT & DANNY JONES JOIN COACHING PANEL 15

Pop sensations Pixie Lott and McFly’s Danny Jones will join will.i.am as coaches on ITV’s The Voice Kids, a brand new search for Britain’s best young vocal talent.

Pixie and Danny complete the line up on the three-coach panel and will assume their duties when blind auditions begin filming in December.

Pixie began her music career at the age of 15 after being discovered by American record producer LA Reid and has gone on to sell more than 4 million singles and 1.6 million albums worldwide.

She has clocked up three UK number one singles, including debut release Mama Do, and more than 65 million YouTube views as well as being nominated for four Brit Awards and winning two MTV European Music Awards.

She has collaborated with legendary artists Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie and John Legend and written songs for global stars including Selena Gomez.

Pixie most recently received rave reviews for her turn as Holly Golightly in the West End production of Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

She said: “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.amand Danny Jones.”

Danny is one of the lead vocalists and guitarists in McFly, which has sold more than 10 million records worldwide and notched up seven UK number one singles.

The four-piece became the youngest band to have an album debut at number one when their first release Room on the 3rd Floor hit the top spot in 2004 – taking the title from The Beatles.

They are also the youngest band to top the UK album charts twice following their second release Wonderland in 2005 and won the Brit Award for best British pop act the same year.

In 2013, McFly joined forces with fellow band Busted to create super-group McBusted, undertaking a 34-date tour across the UK. McFly sold out their own UK tour in September this year.

Danny said: “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!”

will.i.am said he couldn’t wait for the two British stars to join him on the panel, adding: “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.”

ITV’s Head of Entertainment Commissioning Siobhan Greene said: “We are so excited to be extending the opportunity for young singers to perform on The Voice with The Voice Kids.

“There’s some amazingly talented young singers that are going to surprise everyone with their voices, and I can’t wait to see what will.i.am, Pixie and Danny will make of it all sitting in those famous chairs.

“What an addition to ITV’s family of entertainment shows.”

The Voice Kids is open to solo singers between the ages of seven and 14, with the winner receiving a life changing prize to be announced in due course.

The series will follow The Voice UK, which launches on ITV in the New Year with coaches will.i.am, Jennifer Hudson, Sir Tom Jones and Gavin Rossdale.

Emma Willis will host both The Voice UK and The Voice Kids while Cel Spellman will front switch-over show The V Room for both series, available on demand across ITV Hub and social platforms.

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X FACTOR UK: FOUR ACTS TO RETURN IN WILDCARD TWIST – AND YOU CHOOSE WHO 4

The X Factor wildcard 2017 twist has been confirmed with four acts returning for the live shows.

At the end of judges’ houses this evening the final 12 finalists were revealed.

But viewers now have the opportunity to give a second chance to acts who have been sent home, voting them through to the live shows next weekend.

There will be a total of FOUR wild card acts – one in each category – who will join the 12 finalists chosen by the judges.

In each category, you are to vote for one of the three acts who made judges’ houses but wasn’t chosen by their mentor to make the live shows.

X Factor 2017 wild card acts
Saturday saw the Girls find out their fate as Sharon Osbourne said goodbye to Alisah Bonaobra, Deanna Mussington and Georgina Panton – who will fight for the girls’ wild card.

In the Overs category, Talia Dean, Slavko and Berget Lewis will compete for a second chance.

In the Groups, Lemonade, Jack & Joel and The New Girl Group will battle for the wildcard spot.

Finally, in the Boys, Jack Mason, Aidan Martin and Leon Mallett will be put up for the wild card vote.

You can vote for one act in each of the four categories via phone and mobile, with details available on The X Factor website and below.

Please note that if you are calling from a mobile you should call the short, seven-digit number. Votes cost 35p plus any network access charge. Votes in app are free. Vote T&Cs at itv.com or stv.tv. Voting closes on Monday 23rd October at 1pm. The acts that receive the highest votes in each category will go through to the live shows.

Overs (Nicole):

Berget Lewis:
From a mobile: 650 51 01
From a landline: 09020 5051 01

Slavko:
From a mobile: 650 51 02
From a landline: 09020 5051 02

Talia Dean:
From a mobile: 650 51 03
From a landline: 09020 5051 03

Girls (Sharon):

Alisah Bonaobra:
From a mobile: 650 51 04
From a landline: 09020 5051 04

Deanna:
From a mobile: 650 51 05
From a landline: 09020 5051 05

Georgina Panton:
From a mobile: 650 51 06
From a landline: 09020 5051 06

Groups (Simon):

Jack & Joel:
From a mobile: 650 51 07
From a landline: 09020 5051 07

Lemonade:
From a mobile: 650 51 08
From a landline: 09020 5051 08

New Girl Band:
From a mobile: 650 51 09
From a landline: 09020 5051 09

Boys (Louis):

Aidan Martin:
From a mobile: 650 51 10
From a landline: 09020 5051 10

Jack Mason:
From a mobile: 650 51 11
From a landline: 09020 5051 11

Leon Mallett:
From a mobile: 650 51 12
From a landline: 09020 5051 12

You don’t have long with the X Factor 2017 wildcard vote closing on Monday, October 23 at 1PM.

The results of the X Factor wild card act vote will then be revealed on Saturday at the top of the first live show.
The X Factor then returns next weekend on ITV with the very first of the live shows.

The X Factor will be live on Saturday at 8:20PM with the performances and return Sunday at 7PM with the first weekend of live singing.

RADIO 1 TEEN AWARDS 2017: WINNERS REVEALED 6

Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Little Mix, Ariana Grande, The Chainsmokers and Mo Farah were amongst the names that won awards in the celebrity categories at Radio 1’s Teen Awards today – held at The SSE Arena, Wembley in front of a 10,000 audience of 14-17 year olds.

Now in its eighth year, the biggest event in the teen calendar was hosted by Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw and co-host Rita Ora and featured performances from Liam Payne, Dua Lipa, The Vamps, Camila Cabello and co-host Rita Ora.

The inspirational stories and achievements of four amazing Radio 1 teen heroes were at the heart of the event – with stars from the world of entertainment, music and sport – including Luke Evans, Louisa Johnson, Ella Eyre, James Arthur, Tom Daley and the cast of EastEnders joining in the celebrations at the glitzy ceremony.

Radio 1’s Teen Hero Winners of 2017 are:

My Mind & Me Teen Hero Award for Mental Health – Holly (15) and Oliver (13)
Holly and Oliver offer psychological, emotional and physical care to their mum. Over the last 18 months Holly and Oliver have set up a charity called ‘The Adams Movement’, with their older brother Josh.

One Million Hours Teen Hero Award for Volunteering – Charlotte (17)
Having been though the care system herself, Charlotte is passionate about changing the future of care and uses her own experience to influence nationwide policy.

Generally Amazing Teen Hero Award – Harrison (12)
Harrison inspires other children with tackling obesity, anxiety and depression, after he turned his life around through exercise and changing his diet. Harrison documented his own journey via social media, inspiring other children to follow in his footsteps.

The celebrity awards were voted for by Radio 1’s listeners.

Full list of winners
Best TV Show – Love Island
Most Entertaining Celeb – Stormzy
Best International Group – The Chainsmokers
Best Film – Beauty and The Beast
Best British Group – Little Mix
Best Game – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Best British Solo Artist – Ed Sheeran
Best International Solo Artist – Ariana Grande
Best British Vlogger – Rose & Rosie
Best Single – Dua Lipa – New Rules
Best British Sports Star – Mo Farah