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.
will.i.am is back after coaching The Voice Kids and said it’s only slightly different…
“The only time the vibe seems similar is when you have a 16-year-old singer up there because our cut off for The Voice Kids is 14. So a 14-year-old singer is really no different to a 16-year-old singer.
I have 16 and 17 year olds on my team this year. That is the only time when there is blend, when you can’t really recognise the experience as different.
Other than that, the fact there is Tom Jones there and Jennifer Hudson and now Olly makes it different. I really enjoyed working with Pixie and Danny on The Voice Kids. I like The Voice Kids a lot.
Will also admitted he has been winding new coach Olly up. “They weren’t mind games but because I’ve been stressful before making decisions on the show, I am just trying to make it light and for him not to stress too much as it clogs you from just enjoying the person singing.
When you are extra critical or super cynical you are not really enjoying the moment.”
Will is also happy to see Tom back, with his new hip… “Think about it, Tom has an excuse not to come back. He has a new hip, he is 70 years old-plus, he could just say, ‘I am going to relax!’
But Tom is like, ‘I have got a new hip and I’m coming on The Voice and I’m more vibrant than I was last season!’
I don’t know where he is getting the energy from but I want to be like Tom when I am in my 70s.
Will is looking for a long term relationship too… with whoever makes it onto his team!
“I am looking to work with people post-The Voice. Whoever I can work with after the show. That is what I have been turning for. That is what I am excited about.”
And he just can’t stay away from the UK! “I just like this country, Britain. Any excuse. Although for some reason when I do my British accent it sounds like an old man!”
The Voice UK returns to ITV on Saturday January 6 at 8pm.