Word on the celebrity street is that Cheryl Cole and Adele could both be in talks to star in the UK’s version of America’s hugely popular talent show – The Voice. The Voice is an American TV Reality programme that only premiered in the States this April but has proved so popular that NBC has already commissioned another series. There are four judges in the American version who are Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Maroon 5’s lead singer Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. The programme has three rounds, a blind audition in which the judges face the audience and not the contestants, a ‘battle’ round and a live performance show. The premise of the show is that it is the voice that matters and not looks or presentation of the artists.
The show will be shown on BBC One in 2012 and BBC One controller Danny Cohen says “It’s a big, exciting and warm-hearted series and will be a fantastic Saturday night event.” The programme requires the four judges to each select a team of contestants during the first blind audition process. Two singers from each team then battle against each other by singing the same song, then one is eliminated. The remaining contestants will then have to compete in a series of live broadcasts, with the TV audience helping judges to decide who will proceed.
Although Cheryl Cole was unceremoniously axed from the X Factor, Simon Cowell thankfully has nothing to do with this programme and it may just be the vehicle to renew her TV career. Cheryl enjoyed great success with girl band Girls Aloud and was a very popular judge on the UK’s version of the X Factor. However, she did not fare well when she went across the pond and comments about not understanding her accent and her being uncharacteristically quiet on the show lead to her removal.
Currently Adele has had much success here and in America with her album – 21 riding high in the UK charts and at present, it is the highest selling album of 2011. It was at No.1 for sixteen weeks where it debuted here and in America. Her first album – 19 closely follows this as the second highest so perhaps a step onto television is a natural progression. Adele won a Brit Award for the Critics Choice and has gone on to win Grammys for Best New Artist and Best New Female Pop Vocal for 2009.
Sources close to the Daily Mirror newspaper told them, “Her style and look is also very different to that of Cheryl Cole, so if we could get them both on board it would be fantastic.” And speaking to Chris Moyles recently, Adele let slip that she could have something ‘big’ planned. “There’s a possibility I’m doing something quite big next year – I’ve got a meeting about it on Friday.” Adele has currently had to cancel a performance duet with Beyonce at Glastonbury last week due to a hole in her vocal chords but doctors have now given her the all clear.