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Due to social-distanding rules in light of the COVID-19 pendemic, Emma Willis must keep her distance on The Voice UK 2021. The host has said she feels “really bad” for those that don’t get through and can’t be consoled.
I carry the guilt of them not going through
The 44-year-old will once again front the ITV talent show, after first landing the role back in 2014.
However, the latest series will be very different from before, due to the measures in place to keep everyone safe.
This has left Emma only able to hand out “virtual hugs”, leaving her with “guilt” behind the scenes.
Speaking in a new interview, the mother-of-three has opened up about working on the show and her role for the contestants.
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The Next model commented: “In the blinds [auditions], it’s the families I can’t console but in the battles it’s them [the contestants], two metres away from me.
“I feel really bad for them obviously and I carry the guilt of them not going through.”
Emma then light-heartedly claimed her new approach might be driving crew members crazy.
She continued: “I just kept going ‘virtual hugs’ but I’m sure in the gallery they’re probably going, ‘Stop bl**dy saying virtual hugs’.
“I just feel really bad and you can feel the disappointment in some people.”
The small screen favourite went on to say being tactile felt “natural” to her, especially on a programme of this nature.
She added in her chat with The Sun: “For me it’s just a natural thing to give someone a hug and say, ‘I’m really sorry’ – but we live in a COVID world where we can’t hug.”
The Voice UK 2021 returns to ITV on Saturday, with Olly Murs, Sir Tom Jones and Will.i.am once again in the judging seat.
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The tenth season will also see Anne-Marie join, following the departure of Meghan Trainor after just one year.
Other judges over the years have included Danny O’Donoghue, Ricky Wilson, Jennifer Hudson and Jessie J.
Emma has presented for six years, at first working alongside Marvin Humes.
The Voice’s initial hosting line-up, when it aired on the BBC, saw Holly Willoughby and Reggie Yates team up.
No doubt Olly, 36, will be hoping to pick the winning act, after triumphing for the past two consecutive years.
He first helped Bethzienna Williams to the top spot, followed by the latest winner Gevanni Hutton last month.
Meanwhile, it comes just days after Emma shared how her children “scream with rage” at husband Matt Willis for his Christmas exploits.
The Voice UK 2021 returns to ITV on Saturday at 8.30pm.
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