The BBC has defeated ITV in the race to screen a British version of the hit talent show The Voice.

According to BBC Online, The Voice made a record-breaking debut in the Netherlands earlier this year and will be shown on BBC One in 2012.

The US version, featured Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green among the judges, and premiered in April.

BBC One boss Danny Cohen said: “It’s a big, exciting and warm-hearted series and will be a fantastic Saturday night event.” said BBC One controller Danny Cohen.

The programme sees four judges each select a team of contestants during a blind audition process.

Two singers from each team are then pitted against each other, and after singing the same song, one is eliminated.

Remaining contestants will compete in a series of live broadcasts, with the TV audience helping judges to decide who will proceed.

It’s thought the BBC outbid ITV for the rights to screen The Voice with a reported deal costing it £25m over two years.

The show was devised by Big Brother creator John de Mol.



Former X Factor stars Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole are among those who have been tipped to act as judges in the show.