The Voice 2014: Will.i.am says new coaches Ricky Wilson & Kylie Minogue didn’t need his advice! INTERVIEW
During the launch of this year’s The Voice in London recently, we met the stars of the show including coaches Will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones as well as newcomers Kylie Minogue and Ricky Wilson…
And we joined other journalists in quizzing the coaches – and new presenters Emma Willis and Marvin Humes – about what’s in store in the show’s third run, and how the newbies are settling in.
And among the first questions asked was what advice Will had given to the new coaches…
After saying he hadn’t felt the need to offer any advice to music biz veterans Kylie and Ricky, Will added, “Y’know, Kylie’s a pro, Ricky’s a pro, and of course, Tom’s a pro…
“And they’re all passionate about what they do and their own careers, but on this show, when you work with new singers, and you promise them all the things you’re gonna promise them, I know these guys aren’t just BSing right?
“Whatever they promise their singers, they aren’t just saying it for the show’s sake; they mean it.
“When they or I say ‘I’m fighting for you,’ we mean it.”
Ricky then interjected by revealing that he’d been extremely nervous when he first took up his role as a coach on the show.
He said, “I felt a lot of pressure. This is something I’ve never done before, but Tom said to me, ‘Just be yourself’, and that’s what I’ve done.”
Remarking that much of the pressure he felt was due to the fact that he is a replacement for Danny O’Donoghue, Ricky joked, “I can’t be compared to Danny really. I can’t wear those low slung T-shirts…”
Will then interjected saying, “I’ve worked on all the seasons of this show, and this year, it just feels like we’re all a wonderful family.
“I will be real with you, I was a little concerned [when Jessie and Danny left] but season three – well, I just love it. It’s amazing and there’s a real connection between us all.”
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