The Voice’s Emma Willis has spoken about the show’s block button, saying it has caused extra ‘naughtiness’ between the judges.

The block button is new for 2021 and allows one coach to prevent one other judge from adding a contestant to their team during the Blind auditions.

The upcoming series will see judges Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am and Olly Murs return, while Anne-Marie replaces Meghan Trainor. Each coach will have the chance to use their block button once.

Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Emma said that the show is a whole lot naughtier as a result of the new feature.

Emma said: ‘It has made them naughty and Anne Marie is a naughty little minx. She keeps up with all of the boys which is brilliant. It’s just created pure naughtiness with all of them, they’re like little kids playing pranks on each other.’

The presenter added: ‘Tom finds it really funny. He just kind of sits there giggling to himself.

‘It’s always nice to introduce something new, especially when it’s a bit of a wind up for someone else.’

Like a lot of shows, The Voice has had to make concessions during the pandemic, and the upcoming series was recorded without a live studio audience.

‘I feel like there’s much more pressure on [the judges] without an audience because even though I don’t think a live audience in the studio will influence their decision,’ Emma said.

‘They do kind of feed off that and the audience is only really shouting at them with what to do. I don’t know whether that ever comes into it, but not having that there is really apparent especially when you’re in the studio – it suddenly feels very awkward because there’s no noise.’

Speaking about the show’s new set up, Emma added: ‘We have them in the screens and they can interact with them so thankfully, you do still have, you know, a couple of hundred people watching. They’re not physically in the room but I would imagine that the coaches have a bit more time to focus, with less noise coming from every direction.’

The new series of the show will arrive in January, and it comes just a few months after Blessing Chitapa was crowned the winner of The Voice 2020.

The 18-year-old and her coach Olly Murs came out victorious after a tough battle with the other finalists Gevanni Hutton (Team Will.i.am), Jonny Brooks (Team Tom Jones), and Brooke Scullion (Team Meghan Trainor).

The Voice returns to ITV on January 2 at 8:30pm.

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