The Voice UK - Live On Tour axed after disappointing ticket sales
Poor chart performance of winner Leanne Mitchell's single and lack of interest threatens second TV series
One thing that terrifies singers the world over and that is the threat of losing their voice. If you've been one of the (initial) millions that tuned into BBC TV's latest foray into talent-seeking vote-shows, I'm afraid you've just lost The Voice altogether.
It has been officially confirmed that after many press rumours and poor ticket sales, The Voice - Live on Tour that was due to trill its way around the UK in the autumn, has been axed. Holders of tickets have been advised by the organizers to seek refunds from their original vendor.
Despite a promising start and unlike its ITV counterparts, The Voice was somewhat less combative, which may have ultimately been its downfall. The much-talked about judging panel of Will.i.am, Jessie J, Sir Tom Jones and the hitherto less well-known Danny O'Donoghue, engaged in gentle competition and there was, as yet, no room for the 'this displeases Caesar' shtick of Cowell and his Botoxed legion. Unfortunately for the winning finalists and the triumphant Leanne Mitchell, fame's fickle bubble has just been burst (temporarily at least) as the lucrative potential of such a tour has all but disappeared. Reports of Mitchell's disappointing chart performance for lead single 'Run to You' (it clawed its way to #45 - I'd be proud of that though), only served to fan the flames of doom and it seems the Great British Public have voted with their wallets.
Whether the TV-series will return remains undisclosed but for now, you'll just have to settle for the X Factor Live UK tour set to take place in 2013 - tickets are definitely still available for that, priced from £27.50 upwards.