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Emma Willis officially hosting next series of The Voice

June 9, 2016
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Emma Willis is officially the host of The Voice UK, which will air on ITV in early 2017. The 40-year-old, who has presented the show since 2014, revealed that she was "delighted" to be back on the show.

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The presenter, who has presented the show with former JLS band member Marvin Humes, had been unsure that she would continue to present the show after it was announced that it would be transitioning from BBC to ITV. She told The Sun: "I love working with Marvin but we don’t know if we will still have a job. I haven’t been approached to go over there.


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Emma has confirmed she will be hosting The Voice in 2017

"We’re not Ant and Dec so we don’t come as a double-act."

Emma revealed her happiness at being invited back to host the latest series, saying: "The Voice UK is very close to my heart and I'm absolutely delighted to be back on the show.  Roll on the blind auditions!"

She also appeared in a video to encourage budding singers to apply, saying: "The Voice is on the hunt to find the UK's next singing superstar…if you think you've got what it takes to get the judge's chairs spinning apply now." The auditions will be held in six cities across the UK this summer, beginning on 15 June in Cardiff.

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Emma said she was "delighted" to be hosting the reality show again

The winner of the 2017 series will receive a record contract with Polydor Records, who have music stars including Take That and Ellie Goulding among their client list, as well as breakthrough artists including The 1975 and Years & Years.

The judges have yet to be confirmed for the new series, and long-standing judge Ricky Wilson has confirmed that the previous series would be his last. He told the Sun: "This is my last one anyway. Yeah. I was going to bow out gracefully. I don't think ITV would want me. They would want to have a totally new show."

Paloma Faith has also suggested she won't be returning to the show as a judge after an Instagram post read: "Last night I went down the ship power dressing in possibly my last foray into reality TV shows. I may not be built for then but I am definitely built for getting lost in music. Caught in a trap. No turning back."

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