ITV has announced that it will be the new home of The Voice UK from 2017.
“ITV is the natural home of big entertainment so we are thrilled that The Voice and The Voice Kids are both joining our family alongside brilliant shows like The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Saturday Night Takeaway and I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here.” – Peter Fincham, Director of Television at ITV
The commercial broadcaster has committed to three seasons of the hit singing competition following its fifth and final outing on the beeb in 2016. The deal struck with Talpa Global also comprises two series of The Voice Kids and an ITV2 spin-off show. The news broke earlier this month that the BBC had lost the rights to the format to an unnamed broadcaster which many suspected to be ITV.
“From the compelling blind auditions, through to the nail biting battle rounds, knockouts and live shows, The Voice has become a worldwide sensation and we are very much looking forward to its arrival on ITV in 2017.” – Elaine Bedell, ITV Director of Entertainment and Comedy
The Voice has become a global entertainment hit since its Dutch premiere in 2010, now counting close to 65 local versions airing in 180 countries, while The Voice Kids has almost 30 local adaptations. The record-breaking show is currently being watched on every continent, attracting more than 300 million viewers, and has over 55 million Facebook fans and more than 10 million Twitter followers.
John de Mol, Talpa founder and creator of The Voice, noted of the show’s new home: “We are delighted that The Voice has found a new home at ITV. With the addition of The Voice Kids we are excited about working with ITV in 2017 to develop and expand The Voice experience for the UK audience after completing what we think will be a fantastic upcoming season on the BBC, who have been a great partner.”