Kylie Minigue to join Will.i.am, Jessie J and Tom Jones on The Voice UK?
The names are coming thick and fast!
Yesterday we reported that Black Eyed Peas star Will.i.am is reportedly in talks about joining new BBC series The Voice as a celebrity mentor, it has already been revealed that Jessie J will hold one of the four seats and today, it has been claimed that Kylei Minogue is also in discussions to join the panel.
The show will launch in January, and Beeb bosses hope the format will be as popular here as it was in America, when Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine fronted the US version as judges and mentors.
In order to make it worth the millions they spent on securing the show, producers are said to be keen to bring real star power to The Voice and have offered Kylie a whopping £1 million to take part.
It’s a huge sum of money – thought to be almost double what veteran TV star Bruce Forsythe is being paid to host Strictly Come Dancing – but the channel will still be making a saving if the pint sized pop star agrees, as it is thought that she first asked for £2.5 million as her fee.
A BBC source confirmed the figure but told The Sun: ‘We won’t break the bank for anyone.’
The Voice bosses have recently responded to rumours that they have made advances towards Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole, claiming that they won’t be hiring stars connected too closely to rival show The X Factor.
However Kylie has previously acted as a guest mentor and assisted at the judges houses stage on the ITV show, Jessie J worked with Tulisa Contostavlos as she chose her groups for the live rounds last month and Will.i.am has popped up on various occasions, even performing with finalist Cher Lloyd last year.
If Kylie does join the show the move would suggest the BBC is modelling its flagship talent show on its ITV1 rival – the 43-year-old has previously featured on the X Factor as a mentor to sister Dannii, who was a judge on the show until this year.
We’d say they are making a definite attempt to win over X Factor fans. Do you think it will be a worthy rival?
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Applications are open and auditions for The Voice are being held across the UK next month. Find out more details and apply to audition for The Voice here.
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