Olly Murs feared no one would audition for The Voice due to Covid-19 pandemic

Olly Murs feared they wouldn’t see much ‘talent’ on the 2021 series of The Voice due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The ITV show, which starts tonight, will see Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am and Olly making a return to the judging panel, while Anne-Marie has stepped in to replace Meghan Trainor.

The blind auditions will see a number of singers take to the stage in a bid to impress the coaches.

But, will they get a turn from the judges?

The new series of the show comes just a few months after Blessing Chitapa was crowned the winner of The Voice 2020.

The 18-year-old and Olly came out victorious after a tough battle with the other finalists Gevanni Hutton (Team Will), Jonny Brooks (Team Tom), and Brooke Scullion (Team Meghan).

Speaking to Metro.co.uk about the 2021 series, Olly admitted that he didn’t think they would get the talent this year because people may have been too ‘scared to leave their homes’.

He told us: ‘Considering everything that’s happened this year I was sort of thinking, “Oh, this could be one of them years where we might not get the talent. People might be too scared to leave their homes”.

‘Why would people want to audition for a show at this point because there’s a lot of other things that are more important right now.

‘Honestly, the talent has been incredible. I didn’t honestly expect it to be this great and it has been. It’s exceeded my expectations this year.’

‘People have put everything that’s been happening to one side and have gone “Regardless of what’s been happening in the world right now I’m going to continue chasing my dream. I want to be a star, I want to get a record deal”,’ he added.

The Dance With Me Tonight hitmaker went on to add that watching the contestants audition this year has been ‘good for the soul’.

‘We have had so much great talent and for us coaches, just to hear live singing, live voices and live bands, it’s been really good for the soul,’ he continued.

‘It’s been really goof for the four of us and I think you can see we’re really happy and it’s just nice to hear live music at the moment.’

The Voice returns to ITV tonight at 8:30pm.

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