The Voice Kids UK: When does it start? All you need to know about the 2018 series

See the next generation of superstars take to the ITV stage in an attempt to get the judges' chairs spinning and win a money-can't-buy prize.

The big 2018 Reality TV season is just around the corner, with rumours already circulating about who will be starring in the X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing this year.

ITV are easing us into Saturday night TV competition with their junior version of a singing contest, The Voice Kids UK.

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Find out all you need to know about the second series of the show.

When is The Voice Kids UK back?

The Voice Kids UK will run over the course of a week with seven nightly shows.

It begins on Saturday, July 14 at 8pm on ITV and will air every night up to the live grand final on Friday, July 20 at 8pm.

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How does the series work?

Fans of The Voice UK will see plenty of similarities in the mini-version of the contest, where those auditioning must be aged between seven and 14.

Just like with the main show, the competition starts with blind auditions where hopeful singers will sing their hearts out with the aim of getting one of the celebrity judges to pick them to be on their team.

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The three judges sit with their backs to the stage so that they can judge each auditionee purely on their voice, and if they hear something that impresses them, they push a button to spin their chair around to face the stage.

If only one judge turns, the singer will automatically join their team, but if there’s more than one mentor interested, it’s up to the person auditioning to choose the judge that they feel will give them the best chance of winning.

The difference with the kids’ series is that unlike the main show, singers who don’t get chosen aren’t expected to walk off the stage without being seen – all of the judges must turn to face them at the end of the audition and offer feedback.

Once the 12 lucky acts have been chosen to fill the four team spots each of the three judges has available, they move on to the battle round where they team up for a performance, after which each mentor has to whittle their team down further.

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Just four acts will make it to the semi-final as there are no steals available in the kids’ show, and then the viewers will choose their favourite to win the grand final.

New for 2018 is a different format where rather than airing in weekly instalments, the entire series will run over seven nights in July.

Who are the judges?

ITV obviously felt that last year’s judging line-up was a winning combination, as they have signed up all three superstar judges to sit on the panel again.

Will.i.am, the show stalwart who has also judged every series of The Voice UK returns, as does McFly singer Danny Jones.

They’ll be joined by Pixie Lott, who will be defending her title as her act Jess won the 2017 competition.

The Voice Kids UK will once again be hosted by Emma Willis.

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What is the prize?

As the singers taking part are so young, the programme’s makers are keen not to put too much pressure on them by offering a record deal.

So as with the first series, the kids will be competing for a different kind of dream prize.

The lucky winner will bag a £30,000 bursary towards their musical education, and a once-in-a-lifetime family holiday to Disneyland Paris.

The Voice Kids UK returns on Saturday, July 14 at 8pm on ITV.

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