Fans of Tom Jones have another reason to celebrate this new year. Tom has been named as one of the judges for the The Voice UK, a spin-off in the country of the hit US show, The Voice. Other performers that will be sitting in the judges’ seats with Tom include Will.i.am, Jessie J, and Danny O’Donoghue. Reggie Yates and Holly Willoughby will be co-hosting the show each week.
This reality show is a musical competition show that is one of the many that has sprung up since the massive success of American Idol. It’s quite unique in its own right, though. Whereas many other competition shows that pit performers against one another for an ultimate prize focus on many aspects of a singer, including his or her appearance, this show is only interested in one thing: the singer’s voice. In fact, the judges do not even know what the singer looks like at first.
So what role will Tom Jones have in the whole thing? Judges on this show do more than give the snarky comments that Simon Cowell have made so famous. In fact, the “judges” on this show are actually mentors who help the singers after they’ve chosen performers through a blind audition process, where they do not actually see the singer. The judge has the entire performance to decide if he wants the singer on his team. If two judges want the same singer on their teams, the singer gets to decide which star to be mentored by. There’s also a battle phase and then live shows.
The Voice UK was created by John de Mol, and it’s being produced by Shea Media. The series was commissioned after the success of the American version of the show. It’s slated to air on Saturday nights on BBC One later in 2012.