The Voice UK launches on ITV this weekend with new coaches, a new set and a new channel.
Coach will.i.am has revealed what he thinks of the new look show, plus shared his thoughts on the added twist!
Will won’t be alone either, joined by Jennifer Hudson, Sir Tom Jones and 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 back on The Voice UK?
It feels good to be back on The Voice. I am happy Tom is back and Gavin is an amazing addition to the team and Jennifer Hudson.
I love how experienced she is, from a professional singer to a former contestant, she has so much to offer on this show as a coach. I like this year’s panel. It is awesome.
What can singers expect on Team Will?
I try to take them out of their comfort zone. I try to be as accommodating to their worries and nerves but at the same time be realistic about what to expect from the show.
You have done the Aussie version of The Voice as well, what is so special about The Voice UK?
The UK is one of the most amazing places on Earth. Australia is the biggest island on the planet but it is so remote there, while the UK is smack in the centre of everything, at least it feels like it is.
It truly is the centre of the planet, everyone is here. Everyone wants to come here. It is something to be grateful for, it is a reminder to all the folks here in this country that it is the sought out place to live. It is a magnificent country.
Does our bad weather mean Brits stay in more and make music?
I have come to realise that people don’t really go places for the weather. I don’t think people live in the UK because the weather is awesome.
If it was all about the weather, Perth would be the most jam packed place on the planet. San Diego would be more crowded than Hong Kong. I love Britain!
What do you make of The Voice’s format tweak?
You can’t give them feedback now. I peeked afterwards a couple of times!
What do you make of the new set?
It is amazing. I talked to the guy who designed it and I want him to do the Black Eyed Peas stage.
How important is music in the world right now?
If this was the 1960s there would be more songs about things that are happening. That is what saddens me about music today. It is not really reflective of what is happening.
That is a bad thing. The good thing about music is that with all of the bad things that are happening, music is doing a really good job of giving people an escape. Escape is good, but it doesn’t allow you to deal with what is going on.
The Voice UK launches on ITV at 8pm on 7 January 2017.