Judges returning to The Voice this year and what contestants get paid

It's been over a decade since The Voice first started airing on UK screens back in 2012, and now the hit singing competition is returning for a brand new series.

The Voice 2022 kicks off tonight (September 3) at 8pm on ITV and will feature an array of new talent looking to make it big on the show.

Last year's series saw 24-year-old Scottish singer Craig Eddie crowned the winner after performing his own composition Come Waste My Time.

And this year's series is set for shake-up with a new segment called The Callbacks, which will see contestants who made it through the Blind Auditions battling it out for a spot in the semi-finals.

As the new series gets underway, here's who the judges are and whether contestants get paid.

Who are the judges for The Voice in 2022?

This year's judges for the voice include Anne-Marie, Sir Tom Jones, Will.I.am and Olly Murs.

Anne-Marie joined the judging line-up last year, replacing American singer Meghan Trainor, and her singer Craig Eddie went on to win the series.

Legendary singer Tom Jones first started judging the show back in 2012 during its very first series. He stayed on the judging panel until 2016, when he stepped away for a year and was replaced by Boy George. But the Welsh singer returned and will also be back for the 2022 series of the show.

Like Tom, American rapper Will.i.am also joined The Voice's judging panel during the show's debut in 2012 and has remained in his spinning seat ever since.

The singer, who shot to fame as a member of the Black Eyed Peas, has also been a judge on The Voice Kids and The Voice Australia.

Olly Murs will also be returning as a judge this year. The singer rose to fame after coming second on The X Factor in 2009 and became a judge on The Voice in 2018, when he replaced Gavin Rossdale.

Do The Voice contestants get paid?

Contestants on The Voice don't get paid a salary for participating in the series, however they do get a small stipend to cover their expenses while appearing on the series.

An anonymous contestant from The Voice Australia previously told the Daily Mail that contestants are given very little, despite having to make sacrifices for the show's filming schedule.

The claimed: "We're all given very little to cover expenses, and that's just about it."

However, in 2012, The Voice UK contestant Sam Buttery said that the series was better than The X Factor when it comes to feeling valued and being paid.

He told Metro: "They give you expenses money, money for food and a fee for performing and it’s in the interests of fairness. There is professionalism to the show.

"We don’t get paid a lot but it’s a gesture. It makes you feel valued. I haven’t been left feeling exploited or anything."

In previous series, the winner of The Voice UK also received a massive cash prize of £100,000, however, since the show moved from BBC to ITV there is no longer a cash prize for winning.

Instead, the winner gets a record deal with Polydor Records as well as the release of their debut single.

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