The Voice eyeing up Oritse Williams
- Bang Showbiz
- 8 July 2013
JLS singer Oritse Williams is apparently one step away from being confirmed as Jessie J's replacement as a mentor for the next series of 'The Voice'
Oritse Williams is close to joining 'The Voice' judging panel.
The JLS star is reportedly being lined up to replace departing coach Jessie J who announced she was quitting the TV talent show last week.
According to reports in the Daily Star Sunday newspaper, the 'Hottest Girl in the World' hitmaker is one step away from being confirmed as the show's newest acquisition.
Jessie won't be returning for the next series, and fellow judges Sir Tom Jones and will.i.am could soon follow.
An insider revealed: "All four of the judges were eventually asked to come back on board for the third series but Jessie J has gone and now will.i.am and Tom look set to leave.
"Will has not signed up and has no current intention of doing so. His argument is the lack of support the BBC give compared to other talent shows and he has gone into full battle with Katie Taylor who is the head of entertainment for the BBC in face-to-face meetings."
While The Script front-man Danny O'Donoghue has apparently signed on for another year, the programme still faces having to find two stars to fill the gaps.
The source added: "They could still need to find two more big names. Will.i.am certainly isn't keen on signing and it isn't anything to do with money.
"He nets £500,000 per series. He's always been happy with that but he doesn't take that for himself - every year he has donated the entire amount to The Prince's Trust.
"It is just a waiting game now to see what happens."