Tonight saw the latest television rivalry: The Voice UK vs. Britain’s Got Talent. BBC vs. ITV. Cruelly for those who intended to watch both, The Voice UK was broadcast at 7pm with the latter starting at 8pm.

The format of The Voice UK (as stressed multiple times throughout the show) was for the coaches, the equivalent of judges on The X Factor, to hear the auditions but not see them. If they like the sound of the singer, they press the button and the chair rotates to face them. If more than one coach turns around, the singer has to choose between them. It’s that simple.

The format definitely worked in the programme’s favour as it catered for those who had concerns about their appearance. As for the presenters, Reggie Yates and Holly Willoughby both did brilliantly. It’d be great to see them present side-by-side and to see chemistry between them, though it looks as if we’ll have to wait until the live shows to see them together.

Nevertheless, they have a long way to go if they want to outdo the cheeky duo, Ant and Dec, who (once again) proved why they are the most iconic television presenters on Britain’s Got Talent.

Photo: ITV

Photo: ITV

However, the highlight of The Voice UK has to be the coaches. The fighting over each of the acts and the mind games made for entertaining viewing. There’s a great mix of experience with Tom Jones and Will.I.Am both boasting about their experiences with the likes of Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley, while Jessie J and Danny O’Donoghue (from The Script) adding freshness and youth.  It really is a brilliant line-up.

Meanwhile on Britain’s Got Talent, David Walliams is a dazzling addition to the judging panel with his charm and humour, not to mention his bond with Simon Cowell. As for Alesha Dixon, I don’t think we saw enough of her tonight, but there’s always next week.

One major problem with Britain’s Got Talent was that it was too predictable, while The Voice UK contained surprise after surprise. So much suspense was built up for acts such as “Jonathan and Charlotte” and “Only Boys Aloud” that you could tell we were in for something special.

The Voice UK made a fantastic debut and Britain’s Got Talent has certainly upped its game. Hopefully the two can keep the momentum going for the whole series but, at the moment, The Voice UK just has the edge.