It was expected to challenge the dominance of X Factor and sold itself as being a talent show for real voices. Not a show obsessed with the appearance of its contestants or a show which laughed at its singers.
Just over 5 months ago, X Factor crowned Little Mix as the winners of the 2011 show... On May 23rd in Liverpool the search started once again for the ...
These days fans go above and beyond - you only have to look at the likes of JLS, One Direction and The Wanted to fully appreciate the extent that 'fandom' as some people like to call it has really taken over... I will always have time for my fans no matter how busy or tired I am.
When The Voice was launched this year Simon Cowell said 'I would query whether you even need another singing talent show but we have armed ourselves and we are in a good place to beat them'.
There has been a lot of publicity in recent days about Simon Cowell and his alleged fling with fellow X Factor judge Dannii Minogue. Whilst everyone has been busy discussing this, the fact that he is apparently no longer engaged to Mezhgan Hussainy seems to have gone under the radar.
This week we saw The Voice settle into its boots a bit more and start to look, to me, more like the program it isn't, but at least a program I can get into.
Can we all agree we're bored of the budget, that the hashtag #grannytax was definitely not the reason Twitter was invented, and move onto the real story of the week: Tulisa's sex tape. No, of course you haven't watched it! You and everyone else in the office, I'll bet. Except, it's not just about the sex tape now (let's face it, Z-listers punting those out onto the interweb are two-a-penny), it's about a lesson in how to turn utter humiliation into iconic triumph.
The big battle is nearly upon us! On Saturday 24 March 2012, we will see the biggest clash of toe-to-toe reality TV shows ever - the BBC's The Voice and ITV's Britain's Got Talent go head to head and the power is in your hands...
Aside from singing in my car and the odd karaoke session, I'm not known across east London for my vocal dexterity, so hence my trepidation. But if anyone can turn me in to a swan, it's Yvie, who has performed with the Welsh National Opera and worked on the X Factor, Eurovision and Britain's Got Talent.
Yesterday afternoon, I got an e-mail from a Jeff Lantern, who describes himself as "an enigmatic North East England based act" and who says: "I perform on the comedy circuit because no-one else will take me seriously".
It really interests me as an artist how the whole digital landscape is changing and moving... when I won X Factor in 2008, Twitter had been around for a couple of years but was still really just taking its first baby steps.
Back in 2010 I spotted something I knew was going to be very big at an early stage, I put my talent spotting reputation on the line and went to the me...
When you are in a relationship outside of the spotlight it's hard enough to keep the spark going, but trying to do that in the media glare can be quite challenging. I dread the question in every interview I do when they ask me about my relationships... because the moment that relationship stops and it breaks up, it's a huge new story.
I believe most people would like to have a taste of fame, and I am guilty as charged to that crime, but I would like to be recognised for my writing ability and not for appearing on Prancing On Ice as a failed X Factor contestant who once slept with a footballer.
Since 2006, I have built up a reputation for being a "media magnet," talking and writing about the big reality TV shows like X Factor and Britain's Go...
Arts Council England funds all kinds of music, but one area where we haven't been seen as players is in pop music - however you define it.