The Voice UK Biography
A series launch trailer was unveiled on 6 March 2012, on the BBC's official YouTube channel gaining over 50,000 views in 24 hours. The same trailer premiered on BBC One that evening before EastEnders. A further trailer was revealed featuring clips from the 'Blind auditions' stage on 9 March. The trailer premiered on the same day on BBC One before EastEnders.
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 my 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. Sir 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.
After O'Donoghue was announced as a coach, being picked over popular pop artist, Will Young controversy began. 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 a interview with the Daily Star, Young stated he was "devastated" that he didnt 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.".
It first came to the attention when 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 Jeremy Kyle 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.