will.i.am accused of abandoning Voice acts
- Bang Showbiz
- 3 May 2012
will.i.am has been accused of abandoning his acts on 'The Voice' and not giving them enough help with their performances
will.i.am has been accused of abandoning his acts on 'The Voice'.
The Black Eyed Peas star - who is one of four coaches on the BBC One talent contest - has allegedly not been spending much time with his four singers and if they need to contact him for help they have had to message him via social networking website twitter.
A BBC insider told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Some of Will's acts were furious that they hadn't been given more contact with their coach. He isn't interested in tutoring the singers on their performances. He just wants to have a chat and be done with it. His acts have to contact him by twitter if they need help, but there's no telling where he might be."
The 'Where Is The Love?' hitmaker even made a trip to the US last week and only arrived back in the UK just 48 hours ahead of the first live show in which his acts were performing along with those in Sir Tom Jones' team.
However, will.i.am has defended his approach to his singers and insists he is there to support them but they are the ones responsible for showing viewers their talent.
He insisted: "I've just got a different approach. My coaching is, 'Hey, let's talk.' I'm not worried. I don't get nervous about not being here. It all depends on how you coach. If you focus on trying to unlock the magic within you, there's no coach and no rehearsal that can bring that."
will.i.am - who is paid £600,000 to appear on 'The Voice' - is joined on the panel by Tom, Jessie J and Danny O'Donoghue.
Jessie and Danny's acts will perform in the live shows for the first time this Saturday (05.05.12).