‘The Voice UK’ for SA TV

Olly Murs has been added as a judge for next year’s season of The Voice UK, to be shown in South Africa within 24 hours of its British transmission.

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BY BILLY SUTER

GOOD news for fans of The Voice talent-search series – the 2018 UK version of the hit show will be shown in South Africa from January, exclusively on DStv’s ITV Choice (channel 123).

Even better news is that the show will be broadcast less than 24 hours after its UK transmission. A start date has yet to be confirmed, but the series, to be shown on Sunday evenings, will premiere sometime in early January.

In related news, ITV Choice is also pleased to announce that it has acquired the rights to broadcast the 2018 season of The Voice Kids UK in South Africa. Aimed at children between the ages of seven and 14, the series – now in its second season – sees the winner receiving a substantial cash prize as well as a family trip to Disneyland Paris.

Unlike the adult version, there are no knockout rounds. The Voice Kids UK 2018 looks set to start transmission in the UK in mid-2018.

ITV is currently holding auditions for contestants for the 2018 edition of The Voice UK, and recently confirmed that pop sensation Olly Murs is set to join Tom Jones, Will.i.am and Jennifer Hudson as the fourth judge for the new series, following the departure of Gavin Rossdale who left the show earlier this year.

“We are very excited to be bringing The Voice UK to South Africa and even more delighted that the ITV Choice audience will be able to watch the show so close to its UK premiere,” says Katherine Wen, channel director for ITV Choice.

“This is something really special for both DStv and fans of the The Voice UK, and we are thrilled that ITV Choice has pulled off such an exciting acquisition. We are also delighted that it will be screened so close to the UK transmission as it further enhances our commitment to bring international hit shows as quickly as possible to our subscribers,” says Aletta Alberts, general manager of content at Multichoice South Africa.


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