itv today confirmed that award winning singing talent competition The Voice is coming to the network in 2017.
The UK’s biggest commercial broadcaster announced that a three-year deal for ITV’s main channel has been struck with Talpa Global for The Voice, together with a three-season commitment for an ITV2 spin-off show. itv has also signed a two-series contract for The Voice Kids.
The Voice has become a global entertainment hit since its Dutch premiere in 2010, now counting close to 65 local versions airing in 180 countries, while The Voice Kids has almost 30 local adaptations. The record-breaking show is currently being watched on every continent, attracting more than 300 million viewers, and has over 55 million Facebook fans and more than 10 million Twitter followers.
Peter Fincham, Director of Television at ITV, said:
“itv is the natural home of big entertainment so we are thrilled that The Voice and The Voice Kids are both joining our family alongside brilliant shows like The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Saturday Night Takeaway and I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here.”
“From the compelling blind auditions, through to the nail biting battle rounds, knockouts and live shows, The Voice has become a worldwide sensation and we are very much looking forward to its arrival on itv in 2017.”
John de Mol, Talpa founder and creator of The Voice, said:
“We are delighted that The Voice has found a new home at ITV. With the addition of The Voice Kids we are excited about working with ITV in 2017 to develop and expand The Voice experience for the uk audience after completing what we think will be a fantastic upcoming season on the BBC, who have been a great partner.”