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dock10 team welcomes The Voice UK back to the studio, pays tribute to late studio manager

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The Voice UK is back on our screens, and Andy Waters, head of studios at the show’s home, dock10 Studios in MediaCityUK, says the team are “very pleased to welcome them back to the studios.”

The dock10 team has also paid tribute to its late studio manager, Sinead Sweeney, who passed away last August following a short illness, and thanked the show’s producers for a closing credits sequence to last weekend’s opening show that featured a subtle tribute to their much-loved colleague.

Waters said: “The end credits this week were dedicated to our studio manager, Sinead Sweeney, who sadly died last year. It was really nice of them to pay tribute this way.”

The search for the next singing sensation once again finds Anne-Marie, Olly Murs, Sir Tom Jones and taking up residence in Salford as the superstar coaches, and returning to their seats in the most iconic chairs on television.

Presenter Emma Willis is also back as host, presiding over all of the action.

This year’s winner will secure a recording contract with Universal’s label UMOD.

Episode One saw the coaches undertake the very first round of blind auditions, and things quickly turned competitive as Olly reminded the other coaches of the power of the block button. He said: “We actually have got the block buttons back again so that’s going to be fun, which means if I like a contestant and I don’t want any of these coaches to have one of them, I’ve only got one pick.”

We also saw couple Emily and Tom, who met whilst studying music at university, displaying some incredible chemistry on stage, perhaps unsurprisingly since Emily revealed she “fell in love with Tom for his voice.”

The return of the live audience following Covid restrictions was also a welcome addition, and they were left in tears when Tom Jones belted out a moving rendition of Crumble in tribute to his wife, who died of cancer in 2016. Jones said: “This is a very important song, I try to pick songs that mean a lot to me.”

The Voice UK is produced by Lifted Entertainment, part of ITV Studios. The Voice is an ITV Studios format, and airs weekly Saturday nights at 8pm on ITV.

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