BBC to screen children’s version of The Voice?

TV bosses could launch a junior version of The Voice, despite the adult show’s plunging ratings.

A children’s programme has already been screened in the Netherlands, the birthplace of the talent contest which has now spread around the world.

The programme’s Dutch creator, John de Mol, said: “The Voice Kids was a tremendous success in Holland. There was a big emotional reaction from the parents of the children taking part.”

In an interview with Mediaguardian, he said there was a “fair chance” that the programme – aimed at eight to 14-year-olds – would be screened by the BBC.

The Voice, hosted by Holly Willoughby and Reggie Yates, drew its worst viewing figures yet when just 4.5 million viewers tuned in for the semi-finals on Saturday.

It is less than half the audience which was watching in the early stages of the competition. Mr de Mol said there were likely to be changes to the format for the future.

This weekend will see the show’s four remaining artists Tyler James, Leanne Mitchell, Vince Kidd and Bo Bruce compete in the final to be named The Voice.