As fans of The Voice will know, the show is back next Saturday at 7pm on BBC1, and ahead of it, the coaches, Jessie J, Will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones and Danny O’Donoghue have all been talking to the media about the talent quest’s second outing…
And in an interview with the Radio Times, an annoyed Jessie has slammed critics who have branded her a “diva” claiming that in fact, she’s “the complete opposite.”
She began by saying, “I don’t think there’s ever been any show on TV where a girl hasn’t had the diva stamp…
“I see it as some sort of compliment because the original divas were the Shirley Basseys, the Whitney Houstons.”
However, compliment or not, Jessie was keen to stress that she’s not comfortable with the label.
She said, “I would never ever want anyone to think that’s how I am. Because I’m not. I’m the complete opposite.
“I have eight people in my team – not 50, which is what was said in the papers.
“But you can’t win…
“I’ve realised that it happens to women.”
And on being a tough cookie – which she says she has to be in the music industry – Jessie remarked, “I got to where I am today by having people around me that don’t ‘yes’ me.
“I’m not here to say ‘yey, yey, you’re amazing’ because they’ll leave this and go ‘I haven’t learned anything.’
“So yes, I’m definitely more honest this year.”
And finally, while addressing the issue of relatively poor viewing figures for the show’s first series, Jessie said, “If it was that bad, we wouldn’t be here celebrating a second series.
“And I definitely wouldn’t be sitting in the chair.
“Everyone wants to compare [reality TV shows] but the fact of the matter is that The Voice is like nothing else.
“There’s no pointing and laughing, there’s no editing to make it look like the person was horrific.”
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