WILL.I.AM, PIXIE LOTT & DANNY JONES TO RETURN TO THE VOICE KIDS 99

ITV is excited to announce that will.i.am, Pixie Lott and Danny Jones will return to their red chairs as coaches on The Voice Kids next year.

Emma Willis will also be back as host of the search for Britain’s best new young vocal talent.

The first series of The Voice Kids was the biggest new entertainment launch of the summer, pulling in an average of 4 million viewers.

Singer, songwriter, producer and entrepreneur will.i.am – who is also back for his seventh series of The Voice UK in January – is one of the most successful artists in the world, notching up 39 top 40 entries and winning seven Grammy Awards.

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

He said: “I am honoured to back on The Voice Kids, inspiring and sending kids on their way to do awesome stuff with their lives. Danny is amazing and Pixie is awesome. Pixie balances off the wild antics Danny and I have!”

Pixie – who won the first series of The Voice Kids with her act Jess Folley – began her music career at the age of 15 and has gone on to sell more than 4 million singles and 1.6 million albums worldwide, clocking up three UK number one singles in the process.

She has collaborated with artists including Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie and John Legend and received rave reviews for her turn as Holly Golightly in the West End production of Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

She said: “I’m so delighted to be back for series two of The Voice Kids.

“I had the best time doing this show and was over the moon that Jess, from my team, won. All the kids are incredible and I can’t wait to see what’s in store and who auditions for series two.

“I’m also looking forward to spending time with Will and Danny again and having our Voice Kids family back!”

Danny is best known for being one-quarter of the multi-platinum British pop rock group McFly, who have sold more than 10 million records worldwide and notched up seven UK number one singles.

The Bolton-born artist has also established himself as a songwriter and producer and has collaborated over the years with a wide range of artists including Busted, Taio Cruz and One Direction.

Danny said: “I had an amazing time on the first series of The Voice Kids and I’m super excited to be returning to the red chair, hitting the button again and uncovering some of the best UK talent our youth has to offer.

“I’m also looking forward to teaming up with Pixie and Will – the energy and friendship we have makes the show so much more enjoyable and my job a lot easier.

“The talent on the show makes me so proud of what the kids can achieve and what talent we have to offer in the UK. Hopefully this year I can find the winner!”

Emma Willis returns to hosting duties on The Voice Kids following the next series of The Voice UK.

She said: “I am so happy we will get to see all of those wonderful little people with massive voices who will no doubt melt our hearts all over again.”

The Voice Kids is again 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 show will follow the new series of The Voice UK with coaches will.i.am, Jennifer Hudson, Sir Tom Jones and Olly Murs in January.

ITV Head of Entertainment Commissioning Siobhan Greene said: “We are so happy The Voice Kids is returning to ITV in 2018. There was such a positive response to this uplifting and joyful show and everyone’s socks were knocked off by the talent of the kids we found. So time to welcome back will.i.am, Pixie Lott and Danny Jones and Emma Willis. We all can’t wait to get going.”

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YOUR ULTIMATE TV GUIDE: WHO’S APPEARING ON WHAT? 31

Here is your guide to the upcoming TV appearances, from The Voice to Sounds Like Friday Night, awards show to chat shows.

SOUNDS LIKE FRIDAY NIGHT – FRIDAY 13 APRIL @ 19.30 ON BBC ONE
Greg James is joined in the studio by special guest Lily Allen. Returning with her first new album in four years, Lily performs two tracks, including her latest single Higher. Sam Smith treats Dotty to an exclusive performance when she meets him backstage at the O2 as he embarks on a world tour. Singer-songwriter James Bay also returns with new music, performing his single Wild Love live in the studio. Australian chart-toppers 5 Seconds of Summer give a special performance of Want You Back – the lead single from their highly anticipated third album.

There is also part two of Dotty’s trip to Tokyo to meet Little Mix – this week they take on Sounds Like Friday Night’s 60 Seconds of Song challenge. How many of their hits can they cram into one minute?

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW – FRIDAY 13 APRIL @ 22.35 ON BBC ONE
Graham is joined by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Oscar-nominated star of Moonlight and James Bond Naomie Harris, starring together in monster movie Rampage, and Sherlock and The Hobbit star Martin Freeman, appearing in horror anthology Ghost Stories. Roger Daltrey performs his new single As Long as I Have You.

ZOE BALL ON SATURDAY – SATURDAY 14 APRIL @ 08.30 ON ITV
To kick start her brand new show Zoe Ball will be joined by Hollywood actor Michael Sheen, Geordie comedian Chris Ramsey and Radio 1 DJ Greg James. Plus, there’s music in the studio from award-winning US band Walk The Moon.

HARRY HILL’S ALIEN FUN CAPSULE – SATURDAY 14 APRIL @ 19.30 ON ITV
Helping Harry Hill fill the fun capsule and prevent an alien invasion this week are, comedian Micky Flanagan, political journalist Robert Peston, Coronation Street actor Sally Dynevor, and broadcasting legend Anneka Rice.

ZOE BALL ON SUNDAY – SUNDAY 15 APRIL @ 08.30 ON ITV
Zoe Ball eases us into Sunday morning, with celeb chats and music from singer-songwriter Lissie. Plus, The Saturdays’ Mollie King meets Hollywood stars Luke Evans and Dakota Fanning – find out what they make of Zoe’s ‘bag of balls’!

LOOSE WOMEN – MONDAY 16 TO FRIDAY 20 APRIL @12:30 ON ITV
On Monday, Boy George drops by to talk about the upcoming Culture Club tour. Tuesday sees Brian Conley reveal all about his new show Buy It Now. Amanda Redman drops by on Wednesday to discuss the latest series of The Good Karma Hospital, while American actress Kathleen Turner drops in on Thursday. Finally, joining the girls on Friday will be music icons Shaggy and Sting

CELEBRITY JUICE – THURSDAY 19 APRIL @ 22.00 ON ITV2
Joining the panel this week is TV presenter Scarlett Moffat, First Dates Fed Sirieix and Geordie funny man Chris Ramsey.

SOUNDS LIKE FRIDAY NIGHT – FRIDAY 20 APRIL @ 19.30 ON BBC ONE
Greg James and Dotty present and are joined by Canadian chart topper Shawn Mendes. With over four billion views online, Shawn performs two songs live in the studio. Indie rockers The Vaccines perform their new single I Can’t Quit, while Brits Critic Choice winner Jorja Smith delivers a special performance of her track Blue Light.

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW – FRIDAY 20 APRIL @ 22.35 ON BBC ONE
Graham is joined by Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, playing Dr Strange in Avengers: Infinity War, Matt LeBlanc, playing himself in the final series of Episodes, actress Maxine Peake, playing a 70s club comedian in Funny Cow and Mary Berry and Claudia Winkleman talking about new BBC1 show Britain’s Best Cook. Plus music from Calvin Harris featuring Dua Lipa, performing new single One Kiss.

CELEBRITY JUICE – THURSDAY 26 APRIL @ 22.00 ON ITV2
Joining the panel this week are pop sensation John Newman and Celebrity Juice regular Gino ‘Sheffield’ D’Acampo.

HOLLYOAKS CONFIRMS SCHIZOAFFECTIVE DISORDER STORYLINE 31

Hollyoaks are set to launch a powerful new mental health storyline for Alfie Nightingale as he starts hearing a voice and is diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder.

The teenager has been struggling to cope with life since the loss of his soulmate Jade Albright and his loved ones started to fear that he was exhibiting odd behaviour when he worked on a robot to replace Jade.

But in coming weeks, when a voice in Alfie’s head starts communicating with him and ordering him to do things, it becomes clear that things are extremely serious. And Hollyoaks has been working with the charity Mind to ensure that it represents the condition with sensitivity and accuracy.

The storyline, which will form part of the soap’s award-winning #DontFilterFeelings campaign

In episodes due to air at the beginning of April, Alfie will freak out when a voice in his head tells him not to trust his family and when he tries to ignore it and goes stargazing with Ellie, he is continuously plagued by the voice which is warning him off.

It is just the beginning of a difficult journey for Alfie who will be given the diagnosis, which involves patients experiencing psychotic symptoms not dissimilar to schizophrenia and the mood symptoms of bipolar disorder.

Richard Linnell who plays Alfie said: ‘I feel deeply honoured to have been trusted with such a strong and complex story for Alfie. We’ve been working closely with both Mind, and talking to people who have been kind enough to share their personal experiences of the condition.

‘It’s going to be a tumultuous road ahead for Alfie and in telling a deeply truthful, powerful story we hope to continue to break down the stigmas surrounding mental health as a whole.’

A spokesperson for Mind added: ‘We are so pleased that Hollyoaks are tackling the mental health condition Schizoaffective Disorder and have enjoyed working with them over many months. We know that when done well soap storylines can have a really positive affect on a huge audience, changing attitudes and encouraging people to seek help.’

As part of the #DontFilterFeelings campaign, which has included other storylines such as Scott’s depression and Lily’s self harm, Hollyoaks also sought the help and advice of mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin, who helped to create the acclaimed Channel 4 documentary Stranger On A Bridge.

He said: ‘It was a real privilege to work with Hollyoaks on this storyline. The soap has done fantastic work in increasing understanding and reducing stigma attached to mental health issues in the past. The team I worked with were wonderful.

‘I really hope this storyline will make an impact on public perception of Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder, which has for too long been misconceived and feared. I’m so pleased Hollyoaks have been brave and bold enough to tackle this sensitive subject.’

The storyline kicks off on Wednesday 4th April at 7pm on E4.