The Voice UK set for huge shake-up as Meghan Trainor replaced: ’Wish I could come back’

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The Voice UK 2020 was put on hold earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. While it will be returning for the final later this year, judge Meghan will not return for the next series in 2021. Instead, the 26-year-old who announced she is expecting her first child last week will be replaced by Anne-Marie.

Pop star Anne-Marie is regularly in the UK Top 2020 so it comes as little surprise that she would be chosen to help coach up and coming talent.

The 29-year-old is excited to be stepping into Meghan’s shoes too as she joins Sir Tom Jones, Olly Murs and will.i.am.

She exclaimed: “I am SO excited to join Sir Tom, will.i.am and Olly as the new coach on The Voice UK.

“I can’t wait to work with incredible undiscovered talent! Wahoooooo!”

That’s not the only shake-up the ITV singing competition is set to undergo.

For the blind auditions next year, there will be the introduction of a new format called The Block.

The four coaches will each have the opportunity to stop a fellow coach from adding a singer to his or her team.

Each coach will get only one chance to use their “block” in the hope of trying to secure the best team possible.

The winner of the 2021 series will go on to secure a recording contract with Universal’s Music Label UMOD.

Speaking about return for the next series, Sir Tom said: “I am really looking forward to working with Anne-Marie for the upcoming series of The Voice UK.

“Anne-Marie will bring an injection of fresh energy and ideas which is fantastic.

“I’m excited and anticipating a fun and challenging new Series 10!”

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will.i.am added: “I’m really excited about this new season and welcoming Anne-Marie as our newest coach on The Voice UK.

“With her songwriting, singing and performance skills, plus her tell-it-like-it-is approach, this makes her the perfect mix-it-up addition to this season.”

Olly Murs, who has previously been joined by Anne-Marie as a guest mentor in 2019, continued: “The advice and help she gave to my contestants that day was invaluable. I’m a huge champion of her.

“I can’t wait to hear about her own journey and I’m sure she will be a fantastic coach.

“She is one of the biggest female artists in the industry right now, so it’s great to have her join the team and also help bring the Essex ratio up! We are taking over!”

Meanwhile, Meghan said she would miss the series as she shared a statement about her exit.

She penned: “I had such a great time being a Coach on the Voice UK and spending time with everyone! ‘I wish I could come back for Season 10, but I’m taking time to start my family and want to be really safe with the current travel restrictions.

“I’ll be missing you all very much and hope to see you soon!”

The Voice UK returns to ITV later this year.

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