The Voice: Sir Paul McCartney In Talks To Become A Coach For First Series On ITV

With The Voice moving from the BBC to ITV, producers are reportedly eager to land a star-studded judging panel to ensure a successful series.

According to new reports, the broadcasters are “determined” to sign up Sir McCartney as a coach for the talent competition.

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While the future of current coaches Boy George, Ricky Wilson, and Paloma Faith remain unclear, the Beatles legend is reportedly at the top of ITV’s wish list.

A source told The Sun: “ITV are determined to make the show a real success when it changes channel so they are really going for it.

“Paul McCartney is undoubtedly one of the greatest musicians to have ever lived so to get him signed up would be a real coup.”

They then added: “It would blow the judges from the BBC series out of the water and would set The Voice apart as the top music contest in the world – well above X Factor or equivalents in the US.”

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Despite all of the enthusiasm from ITV bosses though, it seems unlikely that Sir Paul will be claiming a red chair on next year’s panel, as he is keen to focus on his own music career.

With the insider also revealing: “While the ITV offer has been generous, Paul really doesn’t need the money and wants to focus on his own music.

"His One on One world tour does not end until October, when filming for the show is likely to begin.

"It’s all still up in the air but The Voice really is trying to pull out all of the stops this time.”

Other names linked to The Voice on ITV include Jennifer Hudson, as well as former BBC judges Tom Jones and Kylie Minogue.

Amid all of the speculation, an ITV spokesperson said that an announcement regarding The Voice UK coaches for the 2017 series would be made in due course, so watch this space.