The search for a new vocal superstar is back as The Voice UK returns to ITV in 2018.
Pop sensation Olly Murs joins Jennifer Hudson, Sir Tom Jones and will.i.am to complete
the new panel of coaches.
This year’s winner will again scoop a recording contract with music giants Polydor, home to global stars Take That and Ellie Goulding as well as the UK’s biggest breakthrough artists including The 1975 and Years & Years.
New coach Olly is excited to join the coaching line up, but was nervous about being the newbie.
“It is mad. When I first started I was really nervous to be the new member, it is like being in a new class at a new school with all new kids, I have got all these new people to meet and they all know each other and they have got to get to know me.”
Speaking about the other coaches, Olly revealed will.i.am has been playing games with him… “He was trying to get into my head and trying to convince me to turn when maybe I shouldn’t but that is what it is all about.
It is all fun and games and I think especially when you are on The Voice UK it becomes ultra-competitive because one of us is going to win the show with the team we have got and obviously we all want to have a really good team and we all want to win.”
Olly doesn’t seem to fussed about winning though… “My strategy is just to pick a really good team and I think everyone on the panel just wants to find a star, that is what it is all about and to give our knowledge and advice and try and coach a big star.”
“Maybe ask me next year and I will maybe have a different strategy if I am doing the show because I’ll probably have a bit more experience!”
The ‘Troublemaker’ star knows what he’s looking for though, revealing: “I am looking for presence and an energy. It is very difficult as a coach when you are sat there waiting to press your button and you are hearing an amazing voice.”
“For me as a coach, what I am looking for is obviously a great voice but also something that attracts you. I heard some amazing voices at the Blinds but they didn’t always connect with the audience.”
And he added he’s not just looking for a pop star. “I want people who are individuals and characters, people who are different. I am looking for a team which is full of individuality and uniqueness.”
Olly’s already worked out who his competition is on the panel too, “I think it has to be Jennifer. She was the winner last time, the one to beat. She has been the one we are all up against.”
The Voice UK returns to ITV on Saturday January 6 at 8pm.