Screentime Shinawill boss Larry Bass travelled to Amsterdam last year with RTE commissioning editor Bill Malone to meet with Endemol bosses and producers from the other 40 territories who have adapted the show’s format but have decided against making any changes.
The US version of the show has implemented new changes including ‘wild cards’ and ‘steals’ and there is speculation that the UK version of the show is going to announce a new judge to the line-up.
Similarly, the Irish show hosted by Kathryn Thomas and Eoghan McDermott and featuring judges Bressie, Kian Egan and Sharon Corr has also replaced one of the judges with UK singer Jamelia replacing Brian Kennedy.
Bressie returns to the red chair this year
The only other changes that have been made to the RTE show are the amount of live shows planned this series. Unlike last year, filming of the audition shows has already finished with the battle stages beginning later this month at The Helix so the amount of live shows will be down from last year.
The Voice will air on RTE starting on January 6th.