THE VOICE UK: OLLY MURS ANNOUNCED AS NEW COACH 76

Pop sensation Olly Murs is joining will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones and Jennifer Hudson to complete The Voice UK’s panel of superstar coaches as the search for a new vocal talent returns to ITV.

Olly – who has notched up four UK No.1 albums and four No.1 singles – will climb into his red chair for the first time this weekend when the Blind auditions kick off in Salford.

The Essex lad first found fame on fellow ITV talent show The X Factor, coming second in 2009, and has since gone on to sell more than 17 million records worldwide.

His most recent album 24 Hrs hit the No.1 spot last November while this year he has played two consecutive tours selling in excess of 600,000 tickets.

Olly said: “I’m absolutely buzzing about being a coach on The Voice UK and can’t wait to sit in the big red chair alongside will, Jennifer and Tom.

“I’m excited to mentor new artists and without doubt, I’m in it to WIN!”

Singer, songwriter, producer and entrepreneur will.i.am returns for his seventh series – the only coach to appear on The Voice UK since the very beginning.

Will – who also appeared as a coach on the first series of The Voice Kids on ITV in the summer – is one of the most successful artists in the world, notching up 39 top 40 entries and selling more than 12 million singles in the UK alone.

He has produced international artists including Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Cheryl and Nicki Minaj while his group The Black Eyed Peas have sold more than 76 million records globally and won seven Grammy Awards.

will.i.am said: “There was some amazing talent on The Voice Kids during the summer and now it’s time for the grown-ups auditioning for The Voice season 7 to really step up their game.

“I’m excited to sit alongside Jennifer and Tom again this year, and I know that Olly will add a fun new twist to this year’s coaches team.”

Legendary artist Sir Tom Jones has had huge success in a career spanning six decades, selling more than 100 million records and clocking up 36 Top 40 hits in the UK and 19 in the US.

The recipient of Brit Awards for Best Male and Outstanding Contribution to Music as well as a Grammy, Sir Tom’s music career started in 1965 with the worldwide hit It’s Not Unusual and continues with great critical and popular success to this day.

He was awarded an OBE in 1999 and received a Knighthood for services to music in 2006.

Sir Tom said: “I’m really looking forward to getting back into my big red chair alongside the other coaches for the next The Voice UK.

“I’m so proud of my discovery from last season, Into the Ark, so I’m excited to hear and see what undiscovered talent the UK has to offer this series.”

Grammy, Oscar and Bafta-winnng artist Jennifer Hudson returns after winning the 2017 series with her act Mo and fresh from her current stint as a coach on The Voice’s US version, the first time a coach has ever appeared on two different versions of the show at the same time.

The singer, movie star and Broadway actress first found fame after her breakout Academy Award-winning performance in Dreamgirls, which followed her finalist-run on American Idol. She went on to make her recording debut with her self-titled album, selling millions of copies worldwide and garnering her first Grammy Award.

Her subsequent albums, films and television roles kept her in the Billboard Top 10 and earned multiple awards and attention. Her Broadway debut in the 2015/2016 musical revival of The Color Purple garnered her another Grammy win.

Jennifer said: “I am so excited to be returning to The Voice UK alongside this talented group of coaches!

“I loved my time as a coach last season and was so proud of Team JHUD and our winner Mo Adeniran – it was an incredible journey. 

“The UK has always felt like a home away from home for me and I can’t wait to be back discovering new talent on season 7!”

Emma Willis again returns to present The Voice UK after completing hosting duties on The Voice Kids in the summer.

She said: “I love this time of year because, if I’m lucky enough to get invited back, it means I get to eavesdrop in on some of the most sensational singing talent that this country has to offer whilst hanging out with the megastar coaches.

“It’s an absolute treat to get to work on The Voice UK, I love every minute of it, and I can’t wait to get started.”

The show also welcomes back Jamie Miller, a finalist on the last series, as the new backstage reporter, bringing all the behind the scenes gossip to The Voice UK’s digital platforms.

Since appearing on the show, Jamie has signed a US recording deal with Atlantic Records, home of Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Bruno Mars.

He said: “I’m so excited to be back, but this time on the other side watching people achieve their dreams. The Voice UK was always something so close to my heart so to return as the backstage reporter is incredible!”

This year’s winner will again scoop a recording contract with music giants Polydor, home to global stars Take That and Ellie Goulding as well as the UK’s biggest breakthrough artists including The 1975 and Years & Years.

Siobhan Greene, Head of Entertainment, ITV, said: “It’s fantastic to finally reveal the coaching line up for the new series of The Voice UK; returning champion and THE voice Miss Jennifer Hudson, the legend that is Sir Tom Jones and the one and only will.i.am. 

“And this year we welcome Olly Murs, a pop star at the top of his game who I know will bring his incredible energy, charm and personality. The panel really has got it in bucket loads and I can’t wait to see what happens next.”

The new series of The Voice UK will air on ITV early next year. It is an ITV Studios production of a Talpa format.

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BRIT AWARDS 2018: JORJA SMITH TO PERFORM WITH RAG N BONE MAN 46

Jorja Smith will become the first BRITs Critics’ Choice winner to perform on The BRITs main show in the same year as winning the award.

The 2017 winner of Critics’ Choice and British Breakthrough Act, Rag’n’Bone Man invited the R&B prodigy to perform alongside him following an incredible 12 months since winning the awards. It will be the first time that two Critics’ Choice winners have performed together on The BRITs stage.

Jorja was one of the live highlights of The BRITs Nominations Launch which broadcast live on ITV1 on 13 January, stunning the audience at home and in the studio with her single ‘Let Me Down’ featuring Stormzy. Jorja will embark on a sold out UK headline tour ahead of The Awards show. 

On the announcement, Jorja said: “I can’t believe I’ll be performing at The BRIT Awards. Rag’n’Bone Man has had an incredible year and is such a crazy talent. When he asked me at the end of last year to perform I was so happy as it’s a real honour to be sharing the stage with him.” 

Rag’n’Bone Man’s debut album ‘Human’ went straight to No.1 in February, achieving the fastest selling UK male debut of the decade and selling over 2.5 million copies worldwide. 

BRITs Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “It will be an amazing moment from two incredible artists: One artist who has achieved huge success last year performing with another artist who is about to do the same this year. Jorja’s performance on the launch show was simply stunning and I cannot wait to see her perform with Rag’n’Bone Man on the main show.”

The BRIT Awards 2018 with Mastercard – Celebrate with us on 21 February 2018!

UPCOMING TV APPEARANCES REVEALED 46

Here is our exclusive guide to all the upcoming TV appearances. Check back daily for updates.

RELEASE THE HOUNDS – THURSDAY 18 OCTOBER (9PM ON ITV2)
Emmerdale cast members Danny Miller and Adam Thomas are joined by Love Island’s Scott Thomas (who is also Adam’s twin!). They’ll encounter freaky children, a haunted ambulance and an art gallery from hell.

8 OUT OF 10 CATS DOES COUNTDOWN – FRIDAY 19 OCTOBER (9PM ON CHANNEL 4)
Jon Richardson and Joe Wilkinson take on guest captain Kevin Bridges and Jessica Knappett. John Cooper Clarke is in Dictionary Corner with Susie Dent, and Rachel Riley is in charge of the letters and numbers.

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW – FRIDAY 19 OCTOBER (10.35PM ON BBC ONE)
On Graham’s sofa: Dame Helen Mirren, starring in supernatural horror film Winchester; Oscar-nominated Liam Neeson, starring in action thriller The Commuter; Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades Freed, the final part of the erotic trilogy; and music from singer-songwriter Sigrid, who performs Strangers.

THROUGH THE KEYHOLE – SATURDAY 20 OCTOBER (9.30PM ON ITV)
The star-studded panel in this edition of the fulsomely funny programme are comedian Paddy McGuinness, Masterchef’s Gregg Wallace, and presenter Scarlett Moffatt.

INSERT NAME HERE – MONDAY 22 JANUARY (10PM ON BBC TWO)
In the final episode of the series, Josh is joined by Tom Davis and historian Kate Williams and Richard is joined by Robert Peston and Aisling Bea.

HARRY HILL’S TEA TIME – TUESDAY 23 JANUARY (8.30PM ON SKY ONE)
Call The Midwife star Jenny Agutter is next to brave Harry Hill’s crazy kitchen. And it’s rather fortunate timing because the kitchen’s resident pet sausage could give birth at any moment. Expect funny clips and hilarious sketches as Harry puts roast turkey on the menu, pokes fun at Jenny’s hit film The Railway Children and challenges her to mould a bust of Jeremy Paxman out of stuffing.

RELEASE THE HOUNDS – THURSDAY 25 JANUARY (9PM ON ITV2)
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! jungle contestants George Shelley, Joe Swash and Vicky Pattison appear in the third episode attempting to win the cash prize. Will their time in the jungle prepare them for the forest?

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW – FRIDAY 26 JANUARY (10.35PM ON BBC ONE)
Among the guests on Graham’s sofa: Hollywood megastar Tom Cruise talking about his forthcoming blockbuster Mission: Impossible 6. Plus, music and chat from Palmoa Faith, who performs Til I’m Done.

THROUGH THE KEYHOLE – SATURDAY 27 JANUARY (9.30PM ON ITV)
On this week’s star-studded panel are presenter Stephen Mulhern, The X Factor judge Louis Walsh and pop star Rochelle Humes.

RELEASE THE HOUNDS – THURSDAY 1 FEBRUARY (9PM ON ITV2)
The Real Housewives of Cheshire, Dawn Ward, Lauren Simon and Tanya Bardsley take on the terrifying challenges but most terrifyingly of all, not drink Champagne for a whole night!

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW – FRIDAY 2 FEBRUARY (10.35PM ON BBC ONE)
Among the guests on Graham’s sofa: musician, entrepreneur and Voice judge will.i.am; stage and screen actor Imelda Staunton starring in new romantic comedy Finding Your Feet; and musical guest George Ezra who performs Paradise.