The Voice UK: Will.i.am can’t understand Jessie J – gets slang lessons from Cheryl Cole & Labrinth

Will.i.am’s British mates are reportedly rallying around, trying to help him get used to the English accents and slang words.

Insiders say that The Voice star is having difficulty understanding much of what his fellow panelist Jessie J is talking about and when he moved on to work with his contestants in Battle Rounds, the problem only got worse.

It is claimed that the American star has sought help from Cheryl Cole – who he manages – and Labrinth, who he reportedly hit it off with at the Brit Awards earlier this year.

A source told the Sun:

‘Will wants a crash course in youth talk. Pal Cheryl Cole has taught him some of the lingo but Labrinth suggested he watch EastEnders and Skins. Lab’s also going to take him to a footie match.’

It was recently reported that Will is also struggling to converse with Welsh star Tom Jones and Irish singer Danny O’Donoghue, when their regional dialects take over.

The Voice has launched well for the BBC and though many expected it’s ratings to fall for it’s second show, in fact they were up and more than nine million people tuned in.

Even though Britain’s Got Talent drew in higher average viewing figures, during the twenty minute overlap between the two shows, 9.6m were watching The Voice, whilst only 7.6m tuned into it’s ITV rival.

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