Friday 21 July 2017

Paloma Faith and Boy George admit reservations about The Voice's move to ITV

Boy George said he was
Boy George said he was "gutted" the BBC had let the show go to a rival broadcaster

The Voice UK judges Paloma Faith and Boy George have admitted their reservations about the show's transition to ITV.

George said he was "gutted" the BBC had let the show go over to a rival broadcaster after refusing to enter a bidding war.

Both judges joined the show as new coaches for the 2016 series alongside will.i.am and Ricky Wilson.

Appearing on Alan Carr: Chatty Man, Culture Club star George, 54, said: "It's a brilliant show and I think we are all kind of gutted that it is leaving the BBC.

"I'm gutted it's leaving the BBC because it's been so brilliant. I wish they had kept it."

Faith, 34, added: "We are scared of the unknown."

The Upside Down singer said she was not sure who would be back as judges next year.

"I love the show but nobody really knows whether they want us or not," she told host Alan Carr.

Back in November, Kaiser Chiefs' frontman Wilson said he was leaving the show at the end of this series - but now he is reconsidering, he revealed.

"I'm not going to go back and do The Voice when it comes back - this is my last one," he said.

"But I always have to think about my dad, and if ITV offered me a load of money I would say to my dad, 'I didn't want to do it because I didn't think it was right' he would go, 'You f****** what? Do it! And pay off your mortgage'.

"So I might do it, if it would pay off my mortgage, yeah. You have to think about these things."

George also seemed to take a swipe at X Factor judge Rita Ora for forgetting her contestants' names.

Looking back on his first year on the show, George said: "The thing that surprised me is that you can get involved with the singers. It isn't just a TV show, you do get to kind of influence what they do."

Carr observed that it seemed like The Voice's coaches spend more time with their contestants compared with the judges on The X Factor.

George responded: "It's funny because I was having a coffee with Monica Michael the other day and she kept saying that Rita kept forgetting her name, so yeah, you are right."

Michael was runner up on The X Factor in 2015, when Ora was her mentor.

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