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Let It Shine and The Voice UK both launched this weekend, going head-to-head in the battle for Saturday-night TV! Let it Shine appears to have won the ratings war based on the overnights, but which one do you prefer?

Let It Shine – BBC

The BBC decided upon Let It Shine to replace The Voice after it moved to ITV, although skeptics weren’t so sure about the future of the show at its new home.

Gary Barlow leads the search to find five stars to perform in a Take That musical. Graham Norton who is always good for a laugh hosts this new talent show alongside Great British Bake Off Mel Giedroyc. The BBC obviously has high hopes for the show. Mark Owen and Howard Donald also were there to hang out with the hopefuls on the opening night.

The Judges: Gary Barlow, Martin Kemp, Dannii Minogue and Amber Riley.   

  • Martin Kemp performed in hit pop band Spandau Ballet and acted in the Krays. He is on the look out for that star quality; charisma.
  • Dannii Minogue appeared on both X Factor and in Australia Got Talent as a judge so has a lot she can bring to the show. We all love Dannii.
  • Amber Riley is one of the talented stars from Glee, although is only a guest judge. She’s on the lookout for someone with a good voice and the personality to make the final band.

 I always think, could I see them in the theatre? I see the theatre in you! – Dannii

A somewhat cheeky opening featured a semi-naked Barlow (wtf?). The things you do in a war for ratings. It is the comedy element that made it difficult to judge whether the show is serious in its search for West End stage talent or simply a fun co-viewing talent show contest?

Jason Brock singing ‘Run To You’ by Whitney Houston, who stars in Thriller Live is an obvious talent, but other contestants appear sometimes shaky and off keyPolite forced smiles follow an initial wave of excitability from the judges. It almost felt like we were watching a group of kids auditioning for a school play, with everyone cheering them regardless of their talent. It was only when the stars lit up on stage that we found out the results from the judges (although Kemp gave away one of his scores. Needs to learn the rules of the game that one).

Let It Shine

As Let it Shine was up against The Voice UK on the same night, it was obvious we were going to compare the two talent show contests in great detail.  The show itself wasn’t so bad but seemed somewhat mediocre in comparison to The Voice which followed.

The Voice UK – ITV


The Judges: William, Sir Tom Jones, Gavin Rossdale and Jennifer Hudson 

  • Gavin Rossdale is known as the frontman of the British rock band Bush and for being married to Gwen Stefani. As well as for being the actual father of Daisy Lowe. Just in case like a few other people on Twitter, you didn’t know who he is.

  • Jennifer Hudson is an American singer who might not have won American Idol but went on to win an Oscar for her part in Dreamgirls which also starred Beyonce.

The Voice UK is fronted by Emma Willis and opened to the judges performing ‘Under Pressure.’ Just amazing. Jason Jones went on to perform Zayn Malik’s ‘Pillow talk‘ with all four judges spinning around in their chairs. Will.i.am is literally jumping up and down in his seat. On the seat. Throughout the show.

A couple of differences in the format of the show this year. In this series, if the judges do not turn around, the contestant goes straight home and they do not get to see who has sung. Jennifer serenades Diamond, a beautiful 18-year old who currently works in MacDonalds, stealing her away from the rest of the judges and equally wows us with that dress! Truly Scrumptious is snapped up by Gavin. The show closes to a 4 chair turn from the judges as predicted by Will.i.am for Mo from Warrington. A showstopper. A new standard is set for the show. Just in case you missed him, watch this now.

“You understand the power of music” Jennifer Hudson

It wasn’t just us watching and tweeting as we watched The Voice UK last night…

The Verdict

Digital Spy‘s quiz following the show revealed that people believed Let It Shine won the Saturday night telly battle over The Voice UK, and the overnights ratings.

Without a doubt, we believe that The Voice UK wins the opening round of the battle for the Saturday-night ratings. The production was fantastic, the excitement from the judges is contagious and the talent on the show is outstanding.

Let us know what you think in the comments below…