The singer didn't attend his sibling's wedding in 2009 due to a clash with his X Factor commitments.
Olly Murs officially announced as The Voice UK judge after it was confirmed he will be replacing Gavin Rossdale who stepped down earlier this year.
This year, the daughter of one of the 1980’s most famous faces will be auditioning – former glamour model Linda Lusardi’s daughter, Lucy Kane. “I didn’t want my parents brought into it” she told The Daily Star. In a pre-recorded segment set to air tonight, Lucy wows the judges - Sir Tom Jones, Jennifer Hudson, Gavin Rossdale and Will.i.am – with her rendition of Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.
Gary Barlow’s former pal and manager of Take That – Nigel Martin-Smith – has said that Gary’s new BBC show is doomed to fail: because the head judge is just too nice.
Sir Tom Jones has revealed that working on the new series of The Voice UK has helped him come to terms with the death of his wife Linda last year. Speaking at the launch of The Voice UK’s new series, Sir Tom said: “Doing shows and projects like The Voice has helped with the grief process because her death was so sudden I didn’t know what to do with myself. The 76-year-old, who has a music career spanning over six decades, is returning as a judge in the new series of The Voice, which launches on ITV this Saturday.
ITV have announced the coaching line-up for their upcoming show The Voice Kids – the children’s version of the popular singing competition – as will.i.am promises a “dope” new series. With blind auditions right around the corner, it has been revealed that the Black Eyed Peas frontman will be joined by pop sensation Pixie Lott and McFly’s Danny Jones in the famous red chairs. Starting her music career at age 15, Pixie has sold more than 1.6 million albums and 4 million singles worldwide, claiming three UK number-one singles, before appearing on London’s West End in September this year.
Sir Tom Jones has admitted that returning to The Voice UK on ITV has “saved his life” as he struggles to come to terms with his wife’s tragic death.
The Voice UK host Emma Willis has revealed that the revamped version of the talent show is moving to its new home on ITV with a particularly brutal twist. In addition to the new TV station and judging line-up, there will be a drastic shake-up at the blind auditions stage of the singing competition, where all four coaches have to judge a contestant based purely on their vocal abilities. Presenter Emma Willis opened up about the exciting new format change, explaining how she thinks it will help to refocus the coaches’ feedback and allow for far more honest critiques.
We finally have our first official coach for next year’s series of The Voice UK - and it’s someone who’s very much used to plonking themselves in one of the spinning red chairs.
Yesterday reports circulated to suggest that Phil Collins had been offered an eye-watering amount of money to join The Voice UK’s judging panel - as the singing competition transitions from the BBC to ITV.
The judges may still be undecided, but it’s been confirmed that Emma Willis will host The Voice UK when it switches over to ITV next year. Emma has hosted the show with Marvin Humes since 2014, when they took over from original presenters, Holly Willoughby and Reggie Yates. Explaining her excitement about following the show as it moves channels, Emma said: “The Voice UK is very close to my heart and I’m absolutely delighted to be back on the show.
It’s been just a few days since Kevin Simm was crowned the (last BBC) winner of The Voice UK, and it seems it still hasn’t fully sunk in for the humble singer. The former Liberty X singer beat Jolan Gidney-Craigen, Lydia Lucy and Cody Frost to win the show, giving Ricky Wilson his second win as a coach (after winning with Stevie McCrorie last year). Revealing that he hasn’t even really found time to properly celebrate yet, Kevin recalled the moment Marvin Humes announced him as the winner, telling us: “I just felt really shocked, Jolan was amazing and Cody and Lydia as well, but it was just so weird.
Days after Kevin Simm was crowned this year’s final The Voice UK winner on the BBC, the first change to the show has been made ahead of its move to ITV. It all comes from an audition invite posted on the show’s Twitter page, in which they say they’re ‘looking for incredible singers who want to perform for the nation and be in with a chance of winning a major recording contract’. It’s still not clear who the judges will be when the show switches over to ITV, with Ricky Wilson already announcing he won’t be following the show over from the BBC.
Tonight, fans of BBC One’s The Voice UK will get to find out who’ll be crowned champion – as former Liberty X star Kevin Simm takes on Jolan, Cody Frost and Lydia Lucy in the live final. Kevin – favourite to win the show this year – enjoyed pretty solid success with Liberty X back in the day, but since the band split, things haven’t been exactly sunny for the Lancashire lad - especially where his finances are concerned.
As The Voice reaches the 2016 final, let’s take a look back over the past series to find out what the winners and runners-up are up to now. It’s a mixed bag, to be honest. Image credits: Rex Features/Getty/WENN
One of the finalists on The Voice UK has reportedly fled her London apartment after claiming to have seen a ghost. Lydia Lucy, who is on Team Will.i.am and was reportedly moved into the London pad ahead of this weekend’s final, is thought to have seen the haunting figure above her bed when she woke in the night.
In case you missed it, Cheryl confirmed she has quit her role as a judge on The X Factor yesterday (April 5), to focus on making music, something she admitted she’d missed doing.
As we continue to wait for any news about who will sign up for The Voice UK when it moves to ITV, Gary Barlow has ruled himself out of the running for one of the spinning red chairs. Speaking to the Daily Star, Gary has explained that he won’t be taking The Voice up on their offers to make him a coach on the show. A source also spoke about ITV’s hopes of getting Gary involved, saying: “Gary has a great relationship with ITV due to his time as an X Factor judge.
Speculation about who the coaches will be when The Voice UK moves to ITV next year is continuing, with new reports suggesting the channel are keen to get Robbie Williams involved. It’s believed that ITV are planning to totally revamp The Voice when it changes channel, with it still being unclear whether or not any of the current judges will follow the show when it leaves the BBC. It’s now thought that they’re trying to get Robbie to sign up to sit in one of the spinning red chairs, with claims that the gig would fit in perfectly with plans for his new album, which is set for release later this year.
Fans of The Voice UK were left confused last night when two acts sensationally dropped out of the show mere hours before it went live, with it now being revealed that one of the acts is battling a cocaine addiction. Beth Morris, who was in Paloma Faith’s category before quitting the show, has confirmed that she is an addict and had been using the class A drug during rehearsals - but not on BBC premises. Beth added to The Mirror: “I am so sorry.
It’s no big secret that The Voice UK coaches are always in it to win it, though they may try (and sometimes fail) to hide their competitive side. With this weekend’s Sport Relief Games fast approaching though, Will.i.am, Paloma Faith, Boy George and Ricky Wilson are embracing their competitive streaks. Asked who’s the most competitive coach, Will answered Ricky, while Boy George said it was him (though he noted that all the coaches are competitive).
It was quite the shock when Sir Tom Jones was axed from The Voice UK after the last series. In fact, it’s rumoured that he could return to The Voice when it moves over to ITV in 2017, with the legend allegedly agreeing to a pay cut. It’s believed that Sir Tom contacted the programme’s owners, Talpa, to directly offer his services as a judge when he heard that the show was changing channels.
With The Voice UK set to move to ITV next year, thoughts have turned to who will be sitting on those four spinning chairs. With Ricky Wilson already bowing out, and Rita Ora rumoured to be returning, reports are now claiming current mentor Will.i.am has been offered £2.5m to stay on the show. A source told them: “ITV have decided they want will.i.am and are willing to pay big money to get him.