The Voice UK 2016 begins tonight on BBC One!

The Voice UK returns to the BBC this evening!

Superstar coaches will.i.am and Ricky Wilson return the series to welcome legendary pop icon Boy George and multi-platinum selling singer Paloma Faith to the famed spinning chair panel. Presenting duo Emma Willis and Marvin Humes return to helm the unmissable Saturday night entertainment show.

The contest kicks off with the blind auditions, where the coaches begin the process of building their 12-strong teams by sitting with their backs to the auditionees and turning their chairs if they are impressed with what they hear. If more than one coach turns, the hopeful has the chance to choose whose team they join – and the fireworks begin as the coaches pitch to get the best talent on to their teams.

The opening episode, which is on BBC One from 7.30pm this evening, sees auditionees include: a punk fan whose twist of a pop classic melts the hearts of the coaches a blast from the past with entertainer Bernie Clifton of Oswald the Ostrich fame, and plenty of piscine puns from a fishmonger with a unique voice.

The coaches kick off the new series with a roof-raising performance of You’ve Got The Whole Lotta Love before they take to the chairs for the first of seven blind audition shows.

Last updated: Saturday 9 January 2016