We recently attended the press launch of this year’s The Voice, and were among journalists who got the opportunity to quiz the show’s stars about what’s in store for viewers, and about how newcomers Kylie Minogue and Ricky Wilson have been finding things on the show…
And it was after having been asked a question about the “gender imbalance” on the show – given that in all three series of The Voice, there has only been one female on the coaching panel – that Kylie hinted at endemic and innate sexism in the music and entertainment world.
When asked how she feels about being the only woman on the show’s panel, Kylie said, “Well I think it works really well being one girl and three guys, and I was more than happy with that, just because it stops there being any stories about bitchiness or cattiness. So I’m comfortable with it.”
However, she added, “I hear what you’re saying [that there is a gender imbalance] and maybe it would be interesting to flip it up and have three women and one guy…”
Sir Tom joked, “As long as I’m the guy…”
Laughing, Kylie added, “I have to say this is working for me,” before more seriously adding, “And I hope that I’m giving a voice to the women, the girls who look up to me or anyone like me in the business.
“And maybe it’s proportionate to what it is in industry, even now.”
Mark Linsey, the Controller of Entertainment at the BBC – who was presiding over the Q&A – added, “I think it’s fair to say that our coaches are chosen for their music credentials first and foremost.
“And with this four we’re lucky to have that [talent and experience] in bucketfuls.”
Joker Will added, “I’m used to being around three guys and one girl. It’s kinda like the Black Eyed Peas.
“It works for me!”
Would you like to see at least one other woman on the coaching panel? Or do you think the gender of the panel is irrelevant?
Let us know, but for now, here’s a reminder of last week’s show…