Yeah I'm aware of those spoilers and I'm very curious as to how the UK audience will react to that.
Early spoilers suggest that of the apparent front runners
I actually think that it is refreshing that there are no joke candidates in this franchise that are obviously played for laughs like in the other shows. As long as the franchise doesn't go beyond 4 episodes of blind auditions, I think it's okay.
I must say I'm really glad the blind audition rounds are over. The thing with having only decent-to-good singers auditioning is that they all start to blur together. I can only remember about four of them out of the 40. With Idol/X Factor, because there are so many joke candidates, the good ones easily stand out.
That has been kind of the nature of the franchise not just in UK or US but in other countries as well. It's about the coaches as much as it's about the contestants. I don't have a big problem with that as long as it doesn't get lopsided and as long as I'm still entertained. The Voice of Ireland was a chore to watch not necessarily because of the acts but because the coaches are so boring and they don't have a good rapport with each other. I was more entertained watching clips from the Netherlands and the French franchises even if I don't understand the language.
I heard that the US version boosted the careers of the judges more than the acts and I can see this, because all the focus here has been on the judges, partly because there's no one else to sort of cling to so far.
The battle rounds has always been the most controversial segment of the show if the other franchises (especially US) are any indication. They will still be essentially duetting, they take turns singing the phrases, then sing together, take turns again and so forth. As a listener, I would prefer that the performer strike a balance between knowing when to blend with his partner and when to let it all out on a duet.
Not sure about the battle rounds. It could end up very shrieky and noisy, I imagine, not sure I want to hear two people singing the same song yet not duetting. Will give it a try.
One of the controversial parts of this round is who are being matched up. Even more controversial are the coaches' choices which may not necessarily be in tune with what you'll expect or who actually did better in that round. There will always be some strong reactions to this segment of the show. I'm actually looking forward to that.