ITV has confirmed that will.i.am will return to coaching duties on a brand new series of The Voice UK, when it moves to its new home on ITV early next year.
Singer, songwriter, producer and entrepreneur will.i.am has been part of the show since its UK debut in 2012 and will also occupy a coaching role on The Voice Kids, which comes to ITV in 2017.
He is reunited with host Emma Willis, who will also appear on The Voice UK and The Voice Kids. Will is the first coach to be confirmed as The Voice UK launches its search for a winner, who will scoop a life changing recording contract with Polydor Records.
Will is one of the most successful artists in the world, having notched up a total of 39 top 40 entries on the UK singles chart since 1998 either in collaborations or with The Black Eyed Peas.
He has sold 11.9 million singles in the UK alone and has produced other international artists including Justin Bieber, Kesha, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Cheryl, and Nicky Minaj among others.
will.i.am said “I’m delighted to be continuing The Voice UK on ITV and being a voice of direction and guidance for the usual suspects, and I’m thrilled to add The Voice Kids to the mix
I know The Voice switched to ITV, but I’m not going to BREXIT The Voice UK. I’m happy to make ITV my home now. I love the UK.”
Emma Willis added “Hosting The Voice Kids will be like being at my house on a Saturday night; lots of kids singing, with me trying to keep some kind of order.
Thankfully, the musical genius that is will.i.am is there to bring some expertise to the table. It’s going to be pretty awesome.”
Siobhan Greene, Head of Entertainment, ITV Network said “We are thrilled to bits that will.i.am’s signed up to ITV for The Voice UK and The Voice Kids.
He’s such an important part of the DNA of the show and that was one of the many reasons we had to have him in his chair. Will’s eye for talent, and unique and creative flair for mentoring means we can’t wait to see what happens next.”
Undiscovered singers who want their voice to be heard on both The Voice UK and The Voice Kids are invited to apply to audition through www.itv.com/thevoiceuk.
The Voice Kids is open to talented young solo singers between the ages of 7 and 14, and applications must be submitted by a parent or legal guardian.