Wednesday 22 November 2017

BBC may replace The Voice with new TV talent show fronted by Gary Barlow

Gary Barlow at X Factor Launch 2013
Gary Barlow at X Factor Launch 2013
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The BBC is reportedly considering a brand new talent show, fronted by Gary Barlow, to replace The Voice UK.

The Voice will move from the BBC to ITV for the next series and join the 'family' of entertainment shows including Britain's Got Talent and The X Factor.

It had been reported that The X Factor would be rested for a year.  However, this has been vehemently denied by Cowell's camp.

It is expected that The Voice will run in the January slot while X Factor will return as usual later in the year.

Cowell is already shaking up the X Factor line-up after last year's all-new presenting and judging line-up failed to set the ratings alight and drew criticism from viewers.

Nick Grimshaw has already departed as judge after just one season while Caroline Flack has been ditched as co-host of the main show, a post she also held for just one season with Olly Murs.

Louis Walsh had been axed from teh show last year after 11 years on the panel but speculation is mounting that he may return for the next series.

One Direction star Louis Tomlinson is also being mooted as a possible replacement for Grimshaw.

As he gears up for the changes, Cowell will undoubtedly be perturbed by reports that the BBC may launch a brand new Saturday night talent show.

The Sun reports that the BBC has revealed that the show, fronted by Take That's Gary Barlow, is "one of a number of ideas being considered for Saturday nights on BBC1".

The new show would compete directly with X Factor.

Barlow was a judge on The X Factor from 2011 to 2013 while Cowell took up his position on the panel of the US version.

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