Friday 20 September 2019

Banter among mentors on The Voice 'flamboyant not bitchy'

Ricky Wilson, left, has hailed the spirited competition between mentors on The Voice
Ricky Wilson, left, has hailed the spirited competition between mentors on The Voice

The Voice's Ricky Wilson says the competition between the show's mentors is "flamboyant, not bitchy!".

The show's all-new panel consists of Wilson, and newcomers Paloma Faith and Boy George.

Wilson told the Radio Times they are all "getting into the spirit of the game, which is brilliant!".

He went on to say: "T o put four competitive people next to each other and dangle some of the best singers you've ever heard in your life in front of them, you can't expect us not to fight.

"But it's not really bitchy. It's flamboyant!"

This year's X Factor newbie, Rita Ora, left the BBC show to join Simon Cowell's programme, and she is not letting Wilson forget it.

" She's having a great time. She texted me a picture the other day of her on Simon Cowell's jet and I was in Salford recording The Voice," he said. "It's very different! I'm really pleased for her."

The next series of The Voice will be its last on the BBC, after the corporation revealed it would not get into a bidding war with rival broadcasters to keep the show.

ITV has refused to comment on speculation that it has bought the broadcast rights and there is still no deal in place at this stage.

Wilson is also fronting Sky1's Bring The Noise alongside Nicole Scherzinger and Tinie Tempah.

But don't expect to see him eating witchetty grubs in the I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! jungle any time soon.

Asked if he'd go on the show, he said: "I'm too busy. I wouldn't want to eat any of that stuff... but then I suppose you'd get so hungry."

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