The Voice UK is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The first series began on 24 March 2012 and ended on 2 June 2012. The show was co-presented by Holly Willoughby and Reggie Yates on BBC One. The series was won by Leanne Mitchell, who was on Tom Jones' team.
Coaches and presenters
Huge speculation began when the BBC announced that there would be four coaches on the panel of The Voice. It was said that Kylie Minogue was due to become a coach on the show, but it would have cost the TV station too much to get her on the panel. Her sister, Dannii Minogue was also confirmed to be in the running after she left the panel of The X Factor.Mark Owen and Lenny Kravitz were strong candidates for the role.Frankie Sandford of The Saturdays was also confirmed to be in the running. It was later confirmed by the BBC that Will Young was one of their favourites to get on the panel.Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs was also in the running.Adele was the BBC's first Celebrity to be considered for the role as they said, "'Adele's success is all down to her incredible voice and, in this way, embodies all that The Voice represents. She's honest, funny and loved by millions of people of all ages. " The shows producers were impressed with Cee Lo Green's performance on the U. S. version of the show and wanted him on the UK version, but he turned the chance down. Dannii Minogue's former work mate, Cheryl Cole was also said to be in the running to be a coach on the show. However, Cole and Minogue were both ruled out of the running after producers of the show said they wanted to "start fresh" and not have The X Factor left overs. However, though Cole and Minogue were ruled out the BBC were keen to show enthusiasm about Charlotte Church, Robbie Williams and Jessie J was also announced to be in the running.Tom Jones was offered a role on the show, and later accepted the offer. It was revealed that Frankie Sandford was on the verge of signing a contract to become a coach.George Michael and Mary J. Blige were also in the running to be on the show, with Blige saying on Alan Carr: Chatty Man she has had meetings about her future on the show, she spoke "I have been approached and we have been in discussions about The Voice. I'm not sure if I'm doing it right now. We'll have to wait and see. "will.i.am was confirmed to be close to signing a contract with the show producers to become a coach on the show. It was said that Frankie Sandford was awaiting to finalise her contract, but she pulled out of becoming a coach on the show because of her "busy schedule". After Sandford revealed that she would not be joining the panel, the panel line-up was announced to be, Jessie J, will.i.am, Tom Jones and The Script lead singer, Danny O'Donoghue.
Controversy arose after O'Donoghue was announced as a coach, being picked over Will Young. Young put on his Twitter account, "The Voice came, the Voice went. They wanted to go more rock... Should have dusted off my Leather jacket! Hey ho, (sic)" he said, before adding: "Hang on... Just got Jimmy Page on the line. I'm commiserating him." A tweet the previous night may have also been connected to the loss of role saying, "Words escape me. Life is sometimes a bitch". In an interview with the Daily Star, Young stated he was "devastated" that he didn't get the job saying, "Of course I’m disappointed not to be doing the show, not to mention how it’s been handled. But the support from fans has been overwhelming. They really have been amazing." Many celebrities hit back at O'Donoghue in defence to Young, including Professor Green, who argued that "No one knows who Danny is" as well as saying to The Sun, "That's really s**t that they dumped Will for him. He would have been perfect for that job. He really knows what he is talking about when it comes to making music... I liked him.".
Former The X Factor contestants Shayne Ward and Stacey Solomon were both in the running to be the host of the show.The One Show presenter Alex Jones was also in the running to be a presenter. Despite Dermot O'Leary signing a three year contract with The X Factor, The Voice producers are eager to have him present the show. It was also said that Emile Heskey was in the running. However, former, The Xtra Factor and This Morning host, Holly Willoughby was confirmed to be in the running after she left as the host on Dancing on Ice. It was later confirmed that Willoughby and BBC Radio presenter, Reggie Yates would present the show.
- Fourth Place
- Eliminated in the Live shows
- Eliminated in the Battle rounds
|Coaches||Top 40 Artists|
|Tyler James||Jaz Ellington||Frances Wood||Joelle Moses||Sophie Griffin|
|Heshima Thompson||Jay Norton||Kate Read||Jenny Jones||J Marie Cooper|
|Vince Kidd||Becky Hill||Toni Warne||Cassius Henry||Ruth-Ann St. Luce|
|Jessica Hammond||Indie & Pixie||Kirsten Joy||David Faulkner||Ben Kelly|
|Sir Tom Jones|
|Leanne Mitchell||Ruth Brown||Matt & Sueleen||Adam Isaac||Samuel Buttery|
|Barbara Bryceland||Deniece Pearson||Lindsey Butler||Denise Morgan||Aundrea Nyle|
|Bo Bruce||Max Milner||David Julien||Aleks Josh||Hannah Berney|
|Vince Freeman||Bill Downs||John James Newman||Emmy J Mac||Murray Hockridge|
The blind auditions began in London on 18 January 2012 at the BBC Television Centre and finished filming on 22 January 2012. Each coach has the length of the artists' performance to decide if they want that artist on their team. Should two or more coaches want the same artist, then the artist gets to choose their coach. Once the coaches have picked their team, they are to pit them against each other in the ultimate sing off; the battles.
|✔||Coach hit his/her "I WANT YOU" button|
|Artist defaulted to this coach's team|
|Artist elected to join this coach's team|
|Artist eliminated with no coach pressing his or her "I WANT YOU" button|
|Artist received an 'All Turn'.|
Episode 1 (24 March)
The first blind audition episode was broadcast on 24 March 2012.
Group performance: The Voice UK Coaches – "I Gotta Feeling"
Episode 2 (31 March)
The second blind audition episode was broadcast on 31 March 2012.
Episode 3 (7 April)
The third blind audition episode was broadcast on 7 April 2012.
Episode 4 (14 April)
The fourth and final blind audition episode was broadcast on 14 April 2012.
- ^ The artist Jaz Ellington was requested, by coach Jessie J, to sing a second track; despite having already joined coach will.i.am's team. Ellington selected "Ordinary People" by John Legend, having already performed "The A Team" by Ed Sheeran.
The recording of the battle rounds took place on 22 and 23 February 2012 at The Fountain Studios in Wembley with five artists from each team progressing to the live shows. Each coach pitted two of their ten artists together as they performed a song of the coach's choice at the same time in a boxing ring-styled stage. After the two artists completed the song, one progressed to the live shows and one was eliminated from the competition. Once the coaches had completed this process, they each had five artists for the live shows.
The battle advisors for these episodes were: Paloma Faith working with Danny O'Donoghue, Cerys Matthews of Catatonia working with Tom Jones, Ana Matronic of Scissor Sisters working with Jessie J, and Dante Santiago working with will.i.am.
The battle round episodes aired on the 21 and 22 April 2012, in a special "battles weekend" (as the blind auditions were only shown on Saturdays).
- Colour key
|Artist won the Battle and advanced to the Live shows|
|Artist lost the Battle and was eliminated|
Episode 1 (21 April)
The first of two battle rounds premiered on 21 April 2012.
Episode 2 (22 April)
The second of two battle rounds premiered on 22 April 2012.
The live performance shows are aired live from Elstree Studios and will run for six consecutive weeks, ending on 2 June 2012. The first results show on 29 April featured a performance from American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey with British singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé performing during the second results show on 6 May 2012. American group Scissor Sisters performed during the third result show on 13 May 2012 with The Voice UK Battle Round AdviserPaloma Faith performing during the fourth results show on 20 May 2012.Cheryl and Kylie Minogue performed during the fifth live show It was confirmed on 18 May 2012 that the final on 2 June 2012 would feature performances from Ed Sheeran and Maroon 5.
- Team's colour key
- Result's colour key
|–||Contestant was in the bottom two or three|
|–||Contestant was eliminated|
|–||Contestant who received the most public votes|
|–||Contestant did not perform on that particular week|
|Contestant||Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4||Week 5||Week 6|
|Round 1||Round 2|
|Leanne Mitchell||Safe||Bottom three||Safe||Safe||Winner|
|Tyler James||Safe||Bottom three||Safe||Safe||Runner-up|
|Becky Hill||Safe||Bottom three||Eliminated||Eliminated|
|Max Milner||Bottom two||Bottom three||Eliminated||Eliminated|
|Toni Warne||Bottom two||Eliminated||Eliminated|
|Joelle Moses||Bottom two||Eliminated||Eliminated|
|Matt & Sueleen||Bottom two||Eliminated||Eliminated|
|Ruth-Ann St. Luce||Eliminated||Eliminated|
Live show details
Week 1 (28 & 29 April)
The first live show aired on 28 April 2012 - with Team Tom and Team will.i.am performing.
Week 2 (5 & 6 May)
The second live show aired on 5 May 2012 - with Team Jessie and Team Danny performing.
Week 3 (12 & 13 May)
The third live show aired on Saturday 12 May 2012 - with Team Tom and Team will.i.am performing. Both judges had to eliminate two of their artists, leaving them with two each for the semi-final shows.
Week 4 (19 & 20 May)
The fourth live show was on Saturday 19 May 2012 - with Team Danny and Team Jessie performing. Both judges had to eliminate two of their artists, leaving them with two each for the semi-final shows.
Week 5: Semi-final (26 & 27 May)
The fifth live show aired on 26 May 2012, with all teams performing. The public then chose one artist from each team to advance to the final. For the first time in the series, Cheryl's performance was live on Saturday's show, but Kylie's performance was broadcast on Sunday's results show. It was also the first time there were two special musical guests.
Week 6: Final (2 June)
The final live show aired on 2 June 2012. Each coach had one artist each in their team, and for the first time in the series, each artist performed three songs: a solo number, a duet with their coach and their favourite song of the series.
The Voice UK series 1 coaches
Below is a list of non-fiction, essay, memoir and life writing competitions currently open to UK and Irish writers — and some to writers worldwide.
Competitions whose terms and conditions request copyright in entries submitted — or make other unreasonable demands — are not included. T&Cs are usually checked, but some copyright-grabbers may occasionally slip through. Please read them carefully.
For advice on entering writing competitions, you might like Cathy Bryant’s How to Win Writing Competitions.
15th March 2018
Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize
For unpublished writers. For a proposal of a book-length essay. £3,000.
15th March 2018
The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize
On the theme, ‘Childhood’. £2,000
16th March 2018
For writing on nature and the outdoors. Opens 5th February.
18th March 2018
Thresholds International Short Fiction Feature Writing Competition.
Author Profile / ‘We recommend’. £500, plus 2 x £100.
19th March 2018
Wavell Writes: Essay Writing Competition 2018
“We are seeking original essays with a focus on … an innovative and divergent approach to a contemporary military issue, topic or theme.” £1,000 / £500.
23rd March 2018
UKAHN Essay Competition
On the history of nursing. £100.
11th April 2018
The Winchester Writers’ Festival Writing Competition 2018
Includes a memoir category. Up to 2,500 words.
15th April 2018
Hugh Miller Writing Competition
Children’s and adult categories. For any form of writing inspired by fossils in Scotland.
30th April 2018
NAWG Members’ Creative Writing Competition
Various categories, including memoir, comedy, travel (and fictional forms).
1st May 2018
The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition.
Open to young writers in the Commonwealth. Theme: Towards a Common Future. Two age categories. (Hard copy deadline. Online entries open until 1st June 2018.)
1st May 2018
John Murray Prize with the Spectator
Essay on the subject of Origin. £20,000 book contract (to expand essay into book-length project.)
4th May 2018
Tacchi Morris: The Page Is Printed
One side of A4: any genre. Modest cash prizes.
15th May 2018
Transitions Abroad 2018 Writers’ Contest
Essay related to moving, living or working abroad. 1,200 to 3,000 words.
15th May 2018
National Geographic Traveller Travel Writing Competition 2018
500 words on an inspirational travel experience.
31st May 2018
Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals’ Creative Writing Prize
500 words. Three age categories (including children’s). ‘piece of prose’ (as well as poetry), which presumably includes non-fiction.
JUNE (AND BEYOND) DEADLINES
1st June 2018
The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition.
Open to young writers in the Commonwealth. Theme: Towards a Common Future. Two age categories.
13th July 2018
Wasafiri Life Writing Prize.
15th June 2018
Goi Peace Foundation’s International Essay Contest for Young People
‘The change I want to make’. Under 25s only.
31st July 2018
Park Publications Article Competition
“Reflections on Writing”
21st December 2018
Women’s History Scotland Essay Prize.
8,000-10,000 words on some aspect of Scottish women’s or gender history.
FURTHER AHEAD … but unconfirmed
NB: Most of the following are included here on the basis of having run in the previous year, but are provisional or as yet unconfirmed for the upcoming date specified.
Gawp – Green Alphabet Writing Prize – by Flipside
Travel for Seniors Writing Competition.
The Reader Berlin
I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition.
W&N Student Essay Prize
World Congress of Faiths Essay Award
The London Magazine Essay Competition
Writers in Oxford Young Oxfordshire Writers Competition
The Planet Essay Competition
Bright Blue’s The Tamworth Prize
Mountaineering Scotland Mountain Writing Competition
The Garden Media Guild Awards.
FT/McKinsey Bracken Bower Prize.
Write to End Violence Against Women Awards
Cassandra Jardine Prize, open to young women journalists
The Royal Institute of Philosophy essay prize.
The Portobello Prize. For ‘new voices in narrative non-fiction’
Royal Society of Literature – Giles St Aubyn Non-Fiction Award
The Armchair Mountaineer Wild Writing Competition
Scottish History Network School Essay Prize. Open to High School students only
The Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize.
Words and Women Prose Competition. 2,200 words or under. Includes memoir / life-writing / creative non-fiction (plus fiction).
Bradt Travel Guide’s New Travel Writer of the Year
The Philosophical Quarterly’s Essay Prize
The Observer / Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism.
Michael Terence Publishing Short Story Competition
Basingstoke Music and Arts Festival Writing Competition
Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers’ Awards
New Media Writing Prize.
Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize. Biennial essay prize. £20,000 top prize; 5 x £1,000 runners-up.
The Orwell Prize. For political writing.
The Fresher Writing Prize.
The Keats-Shelley Prize.
The Australian Book Review’s Calibre Essay Prize
Fish Short Memoir Contest.
ABSW Science Writers’ Awards for Britain and Ireland
Guild of Food Writers Awards 2018
Northern Writers Awards.
New Welsh Writing Awards.
Coram Voice’s Voices 2018 Writing Competition
Spread the Word Life Writing Prize.
City Arts and Nottingham Writers’ Studio Writing Competition 2017–18
The George Borrow Trust Essay Competition.
University of Warwick’s The School of Modern Languages and Cultures’ Two Chairs Creative Writing Competition
Words for the Wounded Prize.