As we reported yesterday, The Voice coach Jessie J has warned her acts that she’s going to hard on them and that she simply doesn’t have the time, or the inclination, to “hand-hold.”
And in today’s Sun, she’s gone on to criticize her fellow coaches, Will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones and Danny O’Donoghue for “lying” to hopefuls who just don’t have what it takes to make it on the show.
She said, “It’s not about being not nice. It’s about being honest and constructive…
“It’s not fair to lie and go, ‘That’s amazing — but we didn’t turn around’.
“I don’t think I did that in the first series but I think these guys did a little bit.”
The paper adds, “Jessie was also critical of ‘misleading’ rival talent shows which see acts mentored by judges who have no singing experience themselves.”
She said, “I always say you wouldn’t go to a plumber to learn how to drive. That’s the point.
“Certain people are like, ‘Hi, you could have sung that better’. Do you want to do it?
“I know that if someone comes to me and says, ‘How do I sing this?’
“I can coach them how to do it. And I shouldn’t be afraid to be good at it.
“I wouldn’t say it’s embarrassing, but it’s disappointing. It’s misleading.”
Jessie went on to say that she thinks The Voice viewers will have a better idea of who she is and what she’s about than they did last year during the show’s first outing.
She said, “The BBC audience would have known the other judges far more…
“For me it was like, ‘Who is that and why does she deserve to be up there?’
“But I’ve found my feet and what I do best as a coach.
“And I’ve settled into what is the most overwhelming lifestyle anyone can ever experience.
“No one can understand how much of a whirlwind you’re in. You have a point where you can step outside of it and think, ‘Woah’.
“But I feel like I’ve grown up a lot in the last few years — although I’m still crazy.
“I didn’t step out and think, ‘That’s not great’. I stepped out and thought, ‘OK, this is where I am and this is where I want to be’. I want to grow as a person.”
And of being the last of the coaches to sign up for the new series – which debuts on March 30th on BBC1 at 7pm – Jessie said, “I was the last to sign up for a second time but not because I didn’t want to do it.
“My schedule wasn’t permitting me to do it. I had to ask for everything to be rescheduled.
“Then Tom and I saw each other and I was like, ‘I’ll do it if you do it’. And he said the same.
“For me it’s about understanding and making everything not be rushed. You want to be happy to be there four hours before a show.
“I’ve spent hours hanging out in a dressing room chilling with my acts.
“It’s so important they get to know me, because otherwise I’m not being a coach.”
Here’s a reminder of the new series’ trailer…