After 14 weeks of bum-numbing blind auditions, semi-finals, and thousands of mentions of the word “battle!”, it’s the moment millions of viewers have been waiting for.
Kylie Minogue has cried all the tears that count; will.i.am milked the tension for all it was worth during that ‘dope’ last minute button-pushing episode, and fellow coaches Ricky Wilson and Tom Jones have done everything they can to get their acts to the final. But now it’s entirely out of their control, and here’s where for one of them, all that hard work and emotional turmoil will pay off.
For more than three months, we’ve seen them gamble their way through the blind auditions, steal each other’s acts throughout the ‘battles’ and knockout stages and proudly look on as their chosen contestants sang in the live rounds.
Four contestants remain, and this is where the pressure is really felt, as by the end of the show, one of them will be crowned the winner. Each artist will perform a song of their choice, followed by an exclusive duet with their coach. The votes so far will then be counted, and four will become three, as the one with the lowest score is given the elbow.
So Ms Minogue, what would it mean to you if you won? “It would be the cherry on the top,” she explains. “I actually think, however, it is more about the experience of doing it. It has to be - that is what you are aiming for of course.”
Kylie admits the one thing that has amazed her most is how it keeps changing.
“The stuff happening behind the scenes is really interesting. Sometimes it is incredibly interesting and sometimes it feels close to painful when you have to say no!”
Ricky, on the other hand, was amazed how emotionally attached he would get to the contestants and mentors. “I thought it was just TV. But it’s real,” he remarks. “You do care about them, you care about everybody else’s team and you care about all the coaches.” Making the series has been a fascinating experience for the Kaiser Chiefs frontman. “I will look back on it and think it has been crazy and surreal. But that’s what life is about. Everything has to change. I don’t like staying still.”
Even if you’ve missed all the episodes leading up to this finale, rest assured you’re in for a treat as Paloma Faith and Aloe Blacc guest, while Emma Willis and Marvin Humes are on presenting duties.
THE VOICE UK, BBC1, Saturday 7pm