MEGHAN TRAINOR JOINS THE VOICE UK 0 92

Meghan Trainor is to join The Voice UK as a new coach alongside Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am and Olly Murs

Trainor burst onto the music scene with the worldwide smash single All About That Bass in 2014 – a song that made her one of only five female artists to achieve a Diamond certification. Thus far, she has achieved eight multi-platinum singles and two platinum albums, sold out three world tours, and has not only penned hit songs for herself but written for a variety of artists across pop and country, including Jennifer Lopez and Rascal Flatts. Today, Meghan also released her brand-new single, Wave, featuring rising New York singer, songwriter and producer Mike Sabath (Lizzo, J Balvin, Selena Gomez, Jonas Brothers). The track heralds the impending arrival of her anxiously awaited third full-length album, Treat Myself, coming soon. 

In 2018, she released anthems No Excuses and Let You Be Right and collaborated with Sigala, Ella Eyre and French Montana on the hit single Just Got Paid. Following that, she celebrated Valentine’s Day 2019 with the love-themed six-song The Love Train EP and to kick off the summer, she collaborated with dance music titan, Kaskade, for their song With You.  

In the US, she has been a judge on FOX’s singing contest THE FOUR: Battle for Stardom for two seasons alongside Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and DJ Khaled. Now, as she prepares to join The Voice UK Meghan says: “I am so excited and honoured to join Sir Tom, will.i.am and Olly Murs as the new Coach on The Voice UK!  It’s a dream come true and I can’t wait to sit in the chair with my own button and listen to some incredible new talent!” 

This news follows Jennifer Hudson confirming last night that she will be standing down from her role as a Coach on The Voice UK as she prepares for the December release of the hotly anticipated film adaptation of Cats and commences filming the Aretha Franklin biopic, Respect

Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am and Olly Murs all return to their big red chairs following a summer spent entertaining audiences around the world on their respective tours. 

Sir Tom said: “I’m really looking forward to returning to The Voice, I just love doing this show. I’ve had a fantastic summer touring and performing songs I enjoy and have a passion for, so now it’s time to discover some talented new singers to see what they can do!” 

will.i.am said: “UK soloists, duos and trios – I am looking for you!  This season I am seeking fresh sounds and unique voices that I want to work with and will compel me to push that button!” 

Olly Murs said: “I’m so excited to come back to The Voice this year with a new energy and even a new knee – ready to defend my title as the winning Coach. It’s fantastic to introduce a new Coach to the team as well and I look forward to getting to know Meghan.’ 

Emma Willis will be back to present the show. She said: “I can’t wait for the next series of The Voice, especially to hear all of the incredible talent that will no doubt be walking onto that stage. I absolutely adore Jennifer and will massively miss her. However, Meghan is a fab choice to add to the Coaching line up and it’s always exciting when a new Coach arrives on the show” 

Katie Rawcliffe, Head of Entertainment, ITV said: “Meghan Trainor is such an exciting addition to The Voice UK. She has blown us away with her energy and enthusiasm and, although our youngest coach, an impressive career in music set to inspire all who join Team Meghan. 

We would also like to extend our heartfelt thanks, love and luck for the future to Jennifer Hudson. She has been a tremendous Coach, loved by viewers and the singers she has worked with during her time on the show.” 

Filming commences this October with the series set to launch on ITV in the New Year. 

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MTV EMAs ADDS DUA LIPA, NCT 127 & MORE TO PERFORMER LINE UP 0 226

You know her, you love her, and she won Best Pop at the 2018 MTV EMA! Pop superstar Dua Lipa will be joining the 2019 main show performer lineup along with some new faces to the MTV EMA: Seoul-based global pop powerhouse NCT 127.

But wait, there’s more!

Mexican pop superstar Sofia Reyes will also be returning to the MTV EMA, this time joined by Puerto Rican hitmaker Jhay Cortez and Brazilian drag queen, singer, and songwriter and 2019 Best Brasilian Act nominee Pabllo Vittar. These three artists will kick off the biggest global music celebration of the year with pre-show performances on the EMA red carpet!

On top of hearing from these amazing artists, actors Terry Crews and Paz Vega and supermodels Joan Smalls, Doutzen Kroes, Georgina Rodriguez and Leomie Anderson will make some very special appearances throughout show!

Dua Lipa and NCT 127 join previously announced performers Niall Horan, Halsey, Rosalía, EMA show host Becky G, Akon, Ava Max and Mabel. Iconic rock act Green Day, The Struts and León Benavente will also perform from Seville’s spectacular Plaza de España as a part of “MTV World Stage Seville.”

BBC STRICTLY CHILDREN IN NEED 2019 LINE UP REVEALED 0 55

As exclusively revealed on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two this evening (Monday 28 October), EastEnders stars Ricky Champ, Louisa Lytton, Maisie Smith and Rudolph Walker OBE will be taking to the dancefloor alongside the Strictly professionals, as they go head to head to win the Pudsey Glitterball trophy for BBC Children in Need 2019.

Presented by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, the Strictly special will feature as part of the BBC Children in Need 2019 Appeal Night on BBC One on Friday 15 November.

Ricky Champ says: “I am so excited to be taking part in the Strictly Come Dancing EastEnders special. I’m looking forward to showing the world my moves. Bring it on!”

Louisa Lytton says: “It feels like a lifetime ago since I did Strictly Come Dancing so I am beyond excited to put my dancing shoes back on and return to the famous floor. It’s for a fantastic cause which makes it all the more special.”

Maisie Smith says: “I’m flattered to be part of such an iconic show! Strictly has been a family favourite in my house for years. I can’t wait to put my dancing skills to the test!”

Rudolph Walker OBE says: “I am thrilled to be taking part in this year’s competition and can’t wait to get started. Although at 80 years old, it’s probably best I don’t try to do the splits!”

Ricky will be dancing with Luba Mushtuk; Louisa will be dancing with Gorka Marquez; Maisie will take to the floor with Kevin Clifton and Rudolph will be partnered with Nancy Xu. The stars will compete in a group number, choreographed by former Strictly professional Trent Whiddon, in a bid to be crowned champions.