The Voice UK is a British television talent show created by John de Mol and based on the concept The Voice of Holland. It began its eleven-week run in March 2012 on BBC One. The current judging panel consists of Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am, Kylie Minogue, and Ricky Wilson whilst Danny O'Donoghue and Jessie J have recently announced their departures to focus on their music careers. Reggie Yates and Holly Willoughby served as presenters for the first two series, with Emma Willis and Marvin Humes to present the show from the upcoming third series. The show involves artists drawn from public auditions, and is part of The Voice franchise. It is produced by Shed Media's Wall to Wall as well as Dutch production company Talpa Productions.
The BBC won a "bidding war" with ITV, paying £22 million for the rights to broadcast the show in the UK for two years. ITV's Britain's Got Talent launched its sixth series on the same date of 24 March 2012. Many media outlets saw this move as a deliberate attempt by ITV to create a "TV ratings war" with the BBC.
There are four different stages to the show: producers' auditions, blind auditions, battle phase and live shows. Producers' auditions for participants began in October 2011 with five events in London, two events in Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, and Cardiff, and one event in Belfast. The blind auditions were held at the BBC Television Centre and broadcast for the first four weeks of the series. The battle phase was broadcast over two nights during the weekend of 21–22 April. The winner of The Voice UK will receive £100,000 and a record deal with Universal Republic.