The Voice's Will.i.am wants feisty contestants

'The Voice' mentor will.i.am has called on his contestants to be feistier and not be afraid to argue with him if they think they know best when it comes to their "passion"

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Will.i.am wants 'The Voice' contestants to fight for their "passion".

The star is a coach on the TV talent show, and he suggested his three starstruck contestants - Sophie May Williams, Jermain Jackman and Iesher Haughton - have to be ready to "argue" if they think they know best.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper's TV Magazine, he said: "None of them would argue with a seasoned professional. It's as if they haven't been out in the world yet.

"There's something beautiful about that greenness but, at the same time, there's something fragile about it too.

"When I was their age, I would argue. I was like, 'This is what I want to do. There's nothing you can tell me about my passion. I'm gonna get there.' "

The Black Eyed Peas singer cares about the hopefuls on his team, and Sophie May insisted he is "super intelligent" when it comes to giving advice.

She added: "He's super intelligent. When he talks to me I'm like: 'I wonder what's going on in your brain?'

"He said to me: 'You know what you're doing, I'll just guide you.' "

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