The tension mounts as the singing contest draws ever closer to its conclusion. With the arrival of the quarter-finals, the remaining stars now have the reward of a lucrative recording contract with Polydor Records within sight. However, more live performances await, and coaches Jennifer Hudson, Tom Jones, Will.i.am and Gavin Rossdale will need to help whittle down the number of would-be stars to just eight ahead of the next, penultimate round. As ever, Emma Willis is on hand to provide viewers with access to all the backstage drama and on-stage reactions as events unfold.
Hosted by Emma Willis and Marvin Humes, the show features four musician coaches: will.i.am, Boy George, Paloma Faith and Ricky Wilson, who will coach only the most talented vocalists. The show's innovative format features three stages of competition: the first begins with the blind audition, then the competition enters into a battle phase, and finally, the live performance. The show's casting team is working with the music industry and searching the country for the best singers to bring to the blind audition process.
During the blind auditions, the decisions from the coaches are based solely on voice and not on looks. The coaches hear the contestants perform, but they don't get to see them - thanks to rotating chairs.