The singing competition that doesn’t take superficial appearances into account - The Voice - is currently underway with its ninth season. The Blind Auditions are nearly over at this point, but we’ve rounded up everything else we know on the show so far.
When do the Battle Rounds, Knockouts and Live Shows start?
In keeping with previous years, the Blind Auditions only last for seven episodes, so the Battle Rounds will kick off on Saturday 22 February 2020. Typically, this stage only lasts for three rounds, so Knockouts are likely to happen on Saturday 14 March 2020, with the official Live Shows happening on Saturday 4 April 2020.
The latter two dates are based on knowledge of previous years - once we have confirmation, we’ll update this article.
Who are the presenters and coaches?
Emma Willis is back on presenting duties, and will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones and Olly Murs have all returned to the judges chairs. However, there’s one major change this year. Jennifer Hudson has stepped down from her role, and has been replaced by singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor.
How many contestants are left?
We’re about to get the top forty artists in the show, with ten acts assigned to each coach. The Battle Rounds will cut this number in half, and the Knockouts will cut that number in half again. By the time we get to the Live Shows, we’ll have eight artists that were saved by their coaches, and one lifeline act that is voted for by the public, a format introduced last year.
How can I watch The Voice?
If you’re in the UK, you can catch The Voice on ITV 1 on Saturday evenings, usually around 8:30pm. Missed out on earlier episodes? Catch up on the ITV Hub online, both on your desktop and other devices like your smartphone.
Even if you’re not based in the UK, you can still watch The Voice from abroad through using a VPN. VPNs can change your IP address, so you can browse the net as if you’re from another country. For the best price and range of servers, we recommend either NordVPN or ExpressVPN.
Once you’ve downloaded a VPN, you need to connect to a UK server, then open the ITV Hub and click on The Voice to catch up. You won’t be able to watch along live unfortunately if you’re out of the country - that's only available for UK viewers. For further details, read our guide to watching the ITV Hub abroad.