The Voice UK has a new recruit this weekend as the show returns to screens at its new home on ITV.
Brand new coach Gavin Rossdale has revealed what it’s been like the join the iconic format, as well as speaking about working with his fellow coaches.
Gavin will be joined by fellow newbie Jennifer Hudson plus will.i.am and Sir Tom Jones to find the new ‘singing superstar’.
The winner of the ITV show will get a life changing record contract with Polydor Records.
How have you found The Voice so far?
I really am having an amazing time. I can’t believe how lovely everyone has been. Sir Tom, I just love him, he is just such an incredible human being and for me to spend some time with someone who has had such a career is a privilege. Jennifer just blows my mind every day with her voice, her insights and her kindness.
Will, I have known for a long time without properly knowing him so I’m really enjoying getting to know him and seeing how funny he is. Everyone is just here to make the show really fun. Everyone is pulling in the same direction.
Describe the feeling when singers choose to go on your team?
I lost out in a couple of battles with the other coaches, but it is really gratifying when they choose me over someone else, especially with such an illustrious bunch of coaches with great track records. Of course it feels good!
How tough is it deciding not to press your button?
That was the biggest thing I was concerned about. What is going to make me turn and if I do turn what will make them want me? I’m English, I always underplay things, I was thinking they would want the American pizazz or Sir Tom Jones so I was a bit concerned about that but each of the people I have chosen and been lucky enough to have on my team I 100 per cent believe in.
I knew it as soon as they began singing that I really liked them. Some of them I waited until later on in their song just to see where they went. I am thrilled I have got such a wide range of people on my team.
What’s your take on the format change?
I think it is a lot better. I watched a lot of The Voice in America and people can sound disingenuous when they haven’t pressed their buttons but turn round and say ‘you are so incredible’ and ‘you are going to have this superstar career but I didn’t want you on my team.’ The no turn change stops it being like that. Its more dramatic in one way – yet spares some real awkwardness.
What is the reaction among the coaches when nobody turns for an act?
Usually there is a consistent reason why we don’t turn, like the singer just hasn’t touched us emotionally. They can all sing, no doubt about it, but if they haven’t touched us emotionally we won’t turn.
Maybe they chose a song that didn’t represent themselves well. They can all sing, enough of them better than I can, but music is an art form that is really particular and personal and it’s all about really getting you.
How do you prepare for being a coach?
It is really about the voice and the moment you hear it and what you can do with it. I heard a few voices that I thought were impressive but that I didn’t love or didn’t know what to do with.
You are responsible for these people, you are inheriting their dreams, you have got to step up to the plate. I’m racking my brain all the time for what I can do with the people I have, what songs I can suggest for them.
The Voice UK launches on ITV at 8pm on 7 January 2017.