Marvin Humes may have found fame on ITV's "The X Factor" U.K. as a member of JLS, but now, he's working for the competition. On Sept. 17, 2013, BBC announced that Humes is co-hosting "The Voice" U.K. with Emma Willis.
Humes replaces Reggie Yates, while Willis replaces Holly Willoughby.
It's been a life-changing year for Humes in his personal life too. He and his wife, Rochelle, welcomed their first child, a daughter named Alaia-Mai, on May 20, 2013.
In a press release, Humes (who is also DJ at Capital FM) commented on his new job at "The Voice" U.K.: “I'm so excited to be a part of the new series of 'The Voice.' I have always been a big fan of the show and love that musicians are given such a great opportunity to reach such a wide audience. I'm thrilled to be working alongside Emma and be part of a new team on The Voice. It's going to be even bigger and better with this new series. I can't wait to start.”
BBC entertainment commission controller Mark Linsey added: “It’s great to have Marvin on board and I think he and Emma will work really well together. He is perfectly placed to encourage the acts throughout the competition.”
"The Voice" U.K. is also undergoing changes on its coaches' panel. Kylie Minogue has replaced Jessie J, while a replacement is to be named for Denny O'Donoghue, lead singer of The Script. Tom Jones and Will.i.am will continue to be coaches on the show. [UPDATE: Kaiser Chiefs lead singer Ricky Wilson has been named as the replacement for O'Donoghue.]
"The Voice" U.K. started off with strong ratings in the U.K. when it debuted in March 2012, but the show has since been struggling with declining viewership and could be on the verge of getting cancelled if ratings do not improve in for the show's third season, which premieres in 2014 on a date to be announced. "The X Factor" U.K.'s ratings have continued to eclipse ratings for "The Voice" U.K.
By contrast, the U.S. version of "The Voice" (on NBC) has been triumphing in the ratings over "The X Factor" U.S., which is televised on Fox in the United States. "The Factor" U.S. has been losing millions of viewers and could be cancelled if ratings continue on their downward spiral in 2013.