Ricky Wilson turned down The Voice

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 April 2012

This article is from 2012.

Kaiser Chiefs singer Ricky Wilson

Ricky Wilson

Kaiser Chiefs' frontman Ricky Wilson turned down a role as a coach on 'The Voice' because it didn't feel 100 per cent right

Kaiser Chiefs' frontman Ricky Wilson turned down a role on 'The Voice'.

The 34-year-old singer held talks with the BBC about becoming one of the coaches on the show and although he acknowledges it would have increased his record sales, Ricky said no to the talent series because it didn't feel 100 per cent right.

He told the Daily Star newspaper: "I had an email conversation with the BBC about it but it just didn't feel right.

"The reason to say yes to the offer is obvious - those huge viewing figures would have shifted us a lot of records. The musical landscape has changed a lot since our first single in 2004, and the way of the world now is if you're on one of those big TV shows, you sell records.

"But if you've got that one bit of doubt, you should listen to that more than the 99 per cent of you that's screaming: 'Do it'."

Meanwhile, although 'The Voice' panellist will.i.am has hit it off with English singer and co-star Jessie J, he is finding it difficult to understand his fellow coaches, Welsh legend Sir Tom Jones and Irish singer Danny O'Donoghue.

A source said: "To make it worse they both use British slang words as well. Will was complaining to Cheryl Cole but she laughed at him as he's always taken the mickey out of her accent."

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