He’s the cheeky but loveable judge who won last year and is popular with fans, but Kaiser Chiefs front-man Ricky Wilson has announced that he won’t occupy one of the spinning seats when BBC1 show The Voice moves to ITV.
Speaking to The Mirror, he said:
“This is my last one anyway, yeah. I was going to bow out gracefully. I don’t think ITV would want me. They would want to have a totally new show.”
He is also reported to have told The Daily Star that, regarding the shows’ upcoming move:
“The BBC are making it as hard as possible for them by making this one the best.”
No official confirmation of Ricky’s exit from the show has been made by the BBC who lost the bidding war for the programme to rivals ITV late last year.
The new series, with new judges Boy George and Paloma Faith, got off to a strong start, pulling in 7 million viewers although last years’ opening episode drew in close to a million more.