It has been revealed that ITV may end up airing The Voice UK in 2017- but how does Simon feel about this possibility?
The Voice UK will be returning to our screens in January and with a new panel of judges, it is expected the fifth series of the show will be the best yet. However, the rights of the show are very much up in the air.
ITV had originally bid more for the programme back in 2011 but the previous producers of the show decided to go with the BBC instead.
Earlier this year, ITV bought out Talpa Media, the company which produce the show, for close to £1 billion.
Simon Cowell, who owns ITV’s other singing show The X Factor, has expressed his feelings on the topic:
“It’s a tricky one but ITV own it now and I’m guessing if you’ve bought it you’d want to put it out. If it goes out as it is now on ITV then I don’t see a problem.”
However – despite pinching Rita Ora from The Voice for his own show – Simon claimed: “It would be a bit unfair on the BBC because they have made it a good show.”
It is expected that The Voice will make a good replacement for Dancing On Ice which used to air in January every year, meaning that both The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent would both be sticking around.
Ratings for The Voice always exceed those of The X Factor and the show would definitely do better than previous ITV shows such as Get Your Act Together.
As for the BBC, they will probably be better off without The Voice UK, with viewers complaining that both BBC One and Radio One are becoming too commercial.
Talk of ITV purchasing the rights to air The Voice UK have been making headlines since July of this year.
“Entertainment programmes are hard to come by, so strong ones like this are at a premium. But a deal is becoming more and more realistic by the day,” a source told The Sun newspaper in the summer.
The Voice UK will air in January 2016.