West End star, Matt Croke, noted for his critically acclaimed performance in the title role of Disney’s Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre, takes centre stage as a contestant in this year’s hotly anticipated 10th series of The VOICE UK.
Opening the show, Matt performs Come What May in the blind auditions, in the second episode of the new series, airing on Saturday 9 January from 8.30pm.
Matt Croke – From West End To The Voice UK
Widely recognised for portraying the title character in the West End production of Disney’s Aladdin, Sheffield born Matt Croke is no stranger to the stage. The singer, dancer, and actor has understudied and performed in several major roles, including West Side Story’s Tony, Wicked’s Fiyero, Funny Girl’s Eddie, Chicago’s Amos Hart, Grease’s Eugene, Singin’ in the Rain’s Don Lockwood, Cinderella’s Prince Charming, Larry in A Chorus Line, and Zeke in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Most recently starring at the Royal Albert Hall with the Alpha Club – Best Of the West End.
Matt has also appeared on television and lent his voice and talents to numerous productions with ITV and appeared many times on the Royal Variety Performance. Matt released his debut solo album, Only Dreaming, in late 2018. Which is available on all downloading platforms and through his website http://www.mattcroke.com.
Most recently Matt has enjoyed continued success playing the role of Berger in Paul Taylor-Mills’ production of Hair, a role he is set to reprise in 2021.
His West End performances continue to impress, and fans can stay tuned to his latest projects via his active social media channels.
Matt says, “All my life I’ve been involved in musical theatre, it’s what I know and what I love. 2020 changed a lot of things, but most noticeably for me I wanted to find a different way to do what I love the most. So when an opportunity came along to be involved with The VOICE UK I jumped at it, and I am so proud to be doing my thing and to be waving the flag for the industry of which I am so proud to be involved in.”
VOICE UK Format Twist Includes The Block
The latest series pf The VOICE UK kicked off last week on ITV, There will be 12 episodes in total comprising of The Blind auditions, The Battles, Semi Finals and Final.
The show is presented by Emma Willis, with the award-winning pop star Anne-Marie joining Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am and Olly Murs in the revolving red chairs, all on the lookout for the next big singing sensation. The winner of the show will get to sign a recording contract with Universal’s label UMOD.
This year’s show now includes an exciting new format twist called The Block, which offers the four coaches an opportunity to stop a fellow coach from adding a singer to their team. During the Blind auditions each coach will have one chance to use their ‘Block’ button in an attempt to secure the best team possible – and ultimately weaken the chances of the other coaches.
- The 10th series of The VOICE UK continues Saturday 9 January from 8.30pm on ITV.