As preparations for the blind auditions to be held at Media City in Salford get underway, the BBC has today confirmed its judges for the next series of The Voice UK.
Will. I. Am and Kaiser Chiefs front-man Ricky Wilson are both returning while Boy George replaces Tom Jones and Paloma Faith takes over from Rita Ora.
Karma Chameleon singer Boy George said of joining the panel:
“I’m thrilled and excited to be a coach on The Voice UK. I’m a huge fan of the show and have watched and engaged with it from series one. If I can help someone to win I will be delighted. What a wonderful opportunity to share my experiences and help someone move forward with their musical career. I can’t wait to sit in that chair!”
“I’m really excited about working with creative people who are there not just to be great singers, but also innovative personalities and performers. I have a long history of helping break artists as in my club nights I booked Kate Nash, Adele, and The Noisettes before they hit the big time and 4 of my band members have gone on to pursue successful solo careers. I’m really looking forward to getting my teeth into something that cultivates the talents of another person and takes the focus off myself for a bit.”
BBC One controller Charlotte Moore said of the new additions:
“Boy George and Paloma will bring a wealth of musical talent, expertise and unpredictability to our new coaching line-up. Their originality and flair will shake things up on the red chairs and take the audience by surprise. I’m thrilled to welcome back Will. I. Am and Ricky and would like to personally thank Sir Tom Jones for his dedication and commitment to the last four series.”
Emma Willis and Marvin Humes return as hosts for the new series which launches in January.