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‘The Voice of Ireland’ Retains Original Format Despite Less Live Shows
01 Nov 2012 : By Eva Hall
Kathryn Thomas will again present the RTÉ show
Irish producers on ‘The Voice of Ireland’ have implemented no format changes to the show despite speculation that they would do so earlier this year.

Producers Screentime Shinawil are currently in production on the returning RTÉ series and are preparing to shoot the battle stages of the competition at the end of November.

Screentime Shinawil boss Larry Bass, who is responsible for the Irish version of the international format show, travelled to Amsterdam last September with RTÉ commissioning editor Bill Malone to meet with Endemol bosses in a bid to revive the show.

Producers from over 40 territories worldwide attended the meeting, with the Irish producers deciding to stick with the original format of the spinning chairs, the blind auditions, the battle stages and the live shows.

Producers told IFTN, however, that RTÉ will air less live shows and more pre-recorded shows in January.

Filming on the battle stages will take place again in The Helix at the end of November with production on the blind auditions now complete.

The US version of ‘The Voice’ has introduced new format changes, such as ‘wild cards’ and ‘steals’, and it is rumoured that the UK version will announce a new addition to the coach line up in the coming weeks.

One change Irish producers have implemented is the addition of new coach Jamelia, who has replaced Belfast singer songwriter Brian Kennedy for the second series.

Series one producer Linda McQuaid has also left the show to be replaced by Screentime producers Eugenia Cooney and Ailbhe Maher, as McQuaid swapped ‘The Voice of Ireland’ for Screentime’s other format ‘MasterChef Ireland’ this year.

‘The Voice UK’ directors Chris Power and Tony Gregory are back in the director’s seats for series two, along with coaches Kian Egan, Sharon Corr and Niall Breslin (Bressie), and presenters Kathryn Thomas and Eoghan McDermott.

RTÉ One will air six blind audition shows, four battle stages and seven live shows, starting from January 6.


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