The Voice UK bursts onto screens this weekend, after it’s brave move from the BBC over to ITV.
Brand new coach Jennifer Hudson has revealed she isn’t worried about the competition from the other coaches, and how she’s been getting on understanding some British accents.
Jennifer Hudson will join returning coaches will.i.am and Sir Tom Jones plus newbie Gavin Rossdale to find the new ‘singing superstar’.
The winner of the ITV show will get a life changing record contract with Polydor Records.
How does it feel to be on The Voice?
It is going great and I am having a lot of fun. The second you get out in those red chairs, you’re immediately ready to hear that next voice and each contestant is such a surprise so I am really enjoying that. I think I have an amazing team.
I love the other coaches, we’re all having a good time with one another. The vibe is really good!
Is it competitive with the other coaches?
Yes and no. Why I say ‘no’ is because we are all so different. I think Tom and Gavin are more competitive because they are turning around for a lot of the same sounds and then maybe next it is me and Gavin.
But he is no competition for Team JHud! But really, we all have different sounds we’re listening for and different approaches but at the end of the day, we all share the same goal of finding and cultivating talent.
How was it performing with the other coaches?
I enjoyed us all performing together, to put all our genres and styles together and create this one sound. I think it came together nicely. We had so much fun. It was quick though, I was like, ‘did we even perform?’
How are you finding it in the UK?
I have always loved the UK – everyone is so sweet and the talent is unbelievable. I’ve always had such amazing fans here so my experiences here have always been amazing. It’s great to be here for a longer stay.
I think the most difficult part is the accents for me! I have been here many times so it is not too foreign to me anymore, it feels like a second home in a way.
Are any particular accents that are tricky for you?
I am not getting them all, that’s for sure. Sometimes I am just stuck and I’m like, ‘did you hear that? What did they say? Tom, did you get that?’ I don’t even know how to break it down but some can be more difficult than others.
What can singers on Team JHud expect from you as a coach?
I want them to know I am going to be very hands on, probably more than any other coach there has ever been! My heart is really in it and I really want to see them win the show and continue to win in life and their career. I want to lead by example.
I have been in their position so I know what they are going through and what’s ahead and I just want to share my experience with them and hopefully help them grow. I just hope they are willing to be open.
It is not always about how good you are but how good you are to work with.
Do you think having been on a show like this brings something different to you as a coach?
Oh, definitely; it helps me bring something different to the table for a lot of reasons, which will probably be more useful during the coaching process because my show experience is such a major component here.
I will probably shock them by how much I know because most people will expect me to have forgotten all of my experiences.
It was 13 years ago, but it is still very fresh in my mind, it feels like it was yesterday for me, so I hope they find a relief in that because people expect you to be removed from it but I’m not at all.
The Voice UK launches on ITV at 8pm on 7 January 2017.