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Will.i.am Confirms He'll Be On 'The Voice' When It Moves To ITV


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‘The Voice’ coach Will.i.am has confirmed he’ll be staying on with the show when it moves to ITV next year. The Black Eyed Peas main man has been with the show since its first series in 2012 and has seen a revolving door of fellow music stars join him on the panel.

Will.i.amWill.i.am will be retuning to ‘The Voice’.

Will will also be a coach on spin-ff show ‘The Voice Kids’, which is aimed at 7 to 14 year olds. In a statement he said: “I’m delighted to be continuing ‘The Voice UK’ on ITV and being a voice of direction and guidance for the usual suspects, and I’m thrilled to add ‘The Voice Kids’ to the mix.”

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Kaiser Chiefs Reveal New Dance Direction On 'Parachute', Announce New Album


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Kaiser Chiefs have surprised their fans with a rather different sounding new song called ‘Parachute’, on the day they announced a new album and a huge show in London next month.

Unveiling their first album in over two years, which will be called Stay Together and is set for an undisclosed release date in summer 2016, the Leeds band unleashed a new single that has split opinion among fans, demonstrating a new electronic direction and produced by Brian Higgins, the man behind the Xenomania production team responsible for a lot of noughties chart pop.

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Former Liberty X Singer Kevin Simm Wins 'The Voice' 2016


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Kevin Simm has been crowned this year’s winner of BBC talent show ‘The Voice’, beating rival Jolan to take the crown. The 35-year-old is a talent show veteran, having previously appeared on 2001 BBC show ‘Popstars’, where he formed group Liberty X with Michelle Heaton, Tony Lundon, Jessica Taylor and Kelli Young.

Kevin SimmKevin Simm has won ‘The Voice’ 2016.

After his victory was announced, the father of two said: "I can't believe it. I'm so grateful to everyone who has voted for me. I couldn't have dreamed this would happen, especially at my ripe old age.” In the early 2000s Simm had enjoyed 10 consecutive top 20 singles with Liberty X. But after the group split in 2007 he had been reduced to £100 a night gigs to provide for his family.

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Last Year's Winner Of 'The Voice' Goes Back To Work As A Fireman After Disappointing Record Sales


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Steve McCrorie, the most recent winner of BBC talent show ‘The Voice’, is leaving the music industry less than a year after his victory to return to work as a fireman. The news comes as ‘The Voice’ prepares to crown a new winner, while suffering from falling ratings and two contestants quitting the show before the live finals.

Ricky WilsonSteve McCrorie was mentored on ‘The Voice’ by Kaiser Chief’s Ricky Wilson.

According to The Sun, McCrorie has has called time on his music career to go back to being a fireman in Fife, so he can provide for his wife Amy, 29, and daughter Bibi, three. McCrorie is also now off the books of music PR firm APB.

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Is Robbie Williams Set To Join 'The Voice'?


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Robbie Williams is reportedly being considered to take a judge’s seat on ‘The Voice’ as part of a massive revamp of the talent show, once it moves from BBC to ITV. According to The Daily Star, ITV thinks Robbie ‘ticks all the boxes’ and would be a perfect fit for the judging panel.

Robbie WilliamsCould Robbie Williams soon be seen on ‘The Voice’?

An insider told the newspaper: “X Factor have been courting Robbie for years but The Voice team think they have a better chance because their filming schedule is shorter, and it allows him to concentrate on other projects.”

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'The Voice' Contestant Beth Morris Forced To Leave Show Over Drug Use


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Beth Morris, a contestant on BBC singing contest ‘The Voice’ has left the show after admitting to using cocaine during rehearsals. The 26-year-old was being mentored by judge Paloma Faith in the contest and released a statement saying she was “truly sorry” for letting her fans down.

Paloma Faith‘The Voice’ mentor, Paloma Faith.

In a statement Morris said: “Two years ago I realised that I had a problem with drugs. I was using them to cope with various issues I was going through at the time. I thought they would help me, but they were making the situation worse.”

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BBC Denies 'The Voice' Is Fixed After Paloma Faith's "Misquoted" Revelations


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The BBC has issued a swift denial that its reality singing competition ‘The Voice’ is a fix, after Paloma Faith was widely reported as having said that the elimination process had been pre-determined.

The 34 year old English singer, a judge on the show, was said to have told The Mirror on Sunday evening (March 6th) that this weekend’s shock decision to get rid of former Liberty X singer Kevin Simms, after the battle round against 17 year old Faith Nelson, was pre-arranged because she knew that her fellow judge Ricky Wilson would “steal” him for his team if she opted to get rid of him.

Paloma FaithPaloma Faith attending a Brit Awards afterparty in February 2016

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'The Voice' Contestant Wows With Incredible 13 Stone Weight Loss


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Viewers of ‘The Voice’ were left astounded last night (February 13th) when one contestant shared his incredible weight loss story. Rick Snowdon, 29, appeared on the BBC singing competition after shedding over 13 stone, by beating his sugar addiction and focusing on music.

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Ricky Wilson - Kaiser Chiefs frontman and The Voice judge Ricky Wilson at Wembley Stadium for the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley Stadium - London, United Kingdom - Monday 2nd March 2015

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Ricky Wilson - The Brit Awards at the O2 - Arrivals at The Brit Awards - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 26th February 2015

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Ricky Wilson - A variety of stars from the music industry were photographed as they arrived at the Brit Awards 2015 which were held at the O2 arena in London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 25th February 2015

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Ricky Wilson and Kaiser Chiefs - Kaiser Chiefs perform a sold out show at The O2 Arena in London, supported by Public Service Broadcasting at The O2 Arena - London, United Kingdom - Friday 13th February 2015

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Rita Ora's Wardrobe Choice Sparks Complaints


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Rita Ora’s cleavage has triggered a deluge of complaints to the BBC after the pop star appeared on ‘The One Show’.

The 24 year old singer was a guest on the primetime evening programme on Monday (5th January) wearing a plunging white suit that, with nothing underneath, veered a little too much to the risqué side for some people’s tastes. The BBC confirmed that it received 424 complaints from the viewing public, most claiming that Rita’s revealing outfit was not appropriate for family tea-time viewing.

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Rita Ora pictured with fellow 'The Voice' judge Will.i.am, both of whom appeared on Monday's 'The One Show'

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Ricky Wilson and Rita Ora - Photos from the launch of the 4th season of The Voice UK which see's Rita Ora join Sir Tom Jones, Ricky Wilson and Will.I.Am as a coach. The launch was held at The Mondrian Hotel in London - Monday 5th January 2015

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Ricky Wilson - Global's Make Some Noise Night held at Supernova - Arrivals at Supernova - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 20th November 2014

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Ricky Wilson - Ricky Wilson leaves the BBC studios wearing an eye patch - London, United Kingdom - Monday 12th May 2014

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Ricky Wilson Unsure Of 'The Voice' Return, Would Be "Weird" Without Kylie


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Ricky Wilson, a popular coach on The Voice UK, has revealed he hasn’t yet been signed on to return to the talent show for the next series. When asked by The Sun whether he would be returning for the next season of the show, Wilson replied, “I haven’t been asked yet, for a start.”

Ricky Wilson The Voice It's still unclear whether Ricky Wilson will return to The Voice UK

Wilson indicated that fellow coach Kylie Minogue’s decision to leave the show may impact his own decision on whether or not to return. “It would be weird doing it without Kylie,” Wilson explained, “She helped me get over the edge…Kylie, Tom Jones and Will.I.Am were a huge part of the experience. If I do it again I will definitely miss her.”

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Kylie Minogue Quits 'The Voice', Leaving BBC In A Pickle


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Signing up Kylie Minogue for The Voice was the BBC's way of proving that this singing contest - with its spinning chairs and blind auditions - could pack as much of a punch as The X-Factor, despite losing Danny O'Donoghue and Jessie J following its second season. The Australian was certainly a marquee signing, and alongside Tom Jones and Will.i.am (and the fella from Kaiser Chiefs), the BBC show had a judging line-up that could rival that of its ITV rival.

Jermaine JackmanJermaine Jackman Won 'The Voice'

Now, The Voice executives are on the hunt for another big name  to fill the gap left by Minogue, who has quit the show after just one season to focus on her live touring. 

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Despite Nick Hodgson's Exit, The Kaiser Chiefs Score No.1 Album


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The Kaiser Chiefs have successfully bounced back after the departure of drummer and primary songwriter Nick Hodgson, by taking the No.1 album spot with their latest effort Education, Education, Education & War. 

Kaiser ChiefsKaiser Chiefs are No.1 in the album chart

Buoyed by the popularity of Ricky Wilson on The Voice, the Leeds rockers narrowly outsold X Factor winner Sam Bailey.

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Ricky Wilson - The Voice judges at BBC Radio 1 - London, United Kingdom - Friday 4th April 2014

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Ricky Wilson - Titanfall UK Launch Party at the Boiler House in the Old Truman Brewery. Celebrities and fans played the first truly next generation multiplayer game. - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 13th March 2014

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Bike Parts Manufacturer Angry At Kaiser Chiefs For Alleged Logo Theft


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The Kaiser Chiefs have managed to annoy a company who manufacture bike parts by ‘stealing’ their logo, the NME report. The band has responded to Sturmy Archer, whose logo bears stark similarities to the cover the Chief’s new album, Education, Education, Education and War, to be released next month.

Kaiser ChiefsKaiser Chiefs playing at Hyde Park in July 2013

In a statement from the band obtained by NME, Kaiser Chiefs have assured fans that they didn't intent to steal Sturmey-Archer's logo, rather attempted to pay homage to them, and did not intend to cause offence.

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'The Voice' Ready For A New Era, With The New Season Kicking Off Tonight


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The Voice is back, and with an almost entirely new line-up too, as the BBC's returning singing contest hopes to come back with a bang and establish itself as a favourite with the British viewing public. Having suffered in the ratings in the last season, BBC bosses are hoping that the shake-up on the show will reinvigorate it's formula and turn the show into the country's top-rated reality contest.

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The new judging panel [L - R]: Will.i.am, Rick Wilson, Kylie Minogue and Sir Tom Jones

Kylie Minogue and Ricky Wilson join the judge's panel, taking up the spots vacated by the departing Jessie J and Danny O'Donoghue, and previous hosts Holly Willoughby and Reggie Yates have been replaced too, with Emma Willis and former JLS star Marvin Humes fronting the show this time around. The question is, will this shake up be enough to see the show surpass The X Factor as the nation's favourite singing contest? And can the show actually produce any stars this time?

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Kaiser Chiefs Frontman Ricky Wilson Completes 'The Voice' Judging Panel


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Ricky Wilson, the frontman of The Kaiser Chiefs, has been chosen to fill the remaining seat on The Voice judging panel for the next season of the BBC talent contest. Wilson has been brought in to replace the departing Danny O'Donoghue of The Script, as he joins one of four new faces joining the show.

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Ricky is the final new face to be added to the show.

As the frontman of the three-time BRIT Award winners, Wilson garnered a reputation as one of the most energetic frontmen in popular music and recorded such hits as 'I Predict A Riot,' 'Oh My God' and 'Ruby.' He will join fellow newcomer Kylie Minogue, who has been chosen to replace Jessie J, as well as show stalwarts Sir Tom Jones and Will.i.am. But it isn't just Wilson and Minogue who will be joining the show for the first time, as The Voice will introduce two new hosts following the departure of Holly Willoughby and Reggie Yates. JLS singer Marvin Humes and Big Brother presenter Emma Willis have since been hired to present the show when it returns next year.

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Kaiser Chief's Ricky Wilson "F*cked Off" As Leeds Arena Books Bruce Springsteen


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Kaiser Chief frontman Ricky Wilson has had his indie-heart broken by the evil executives at the new Leeds Arena, who have booked Bruce Springsteen and Elton John for shows at the new 13,500 seater venue despite initially confirming the Yorkshire band as an important part of is opening season. The Boss will open the doors of the arena on Wednesday 24, July, before Elton plays on September 4, 2013. The Kaiser Chiefs appear to have been relegated to the third act to play the venue on September 14, 2013, despite believing they would be opening the whole thing.

Ricky Wilson, War of the WorldsRicky Wilson Was Less Than Happy With The Booking of Bruce Springsteen and Elton John

Wilson's band were among the first acts to be announced for the arena, with bassist Simon Rix saying at the time, "Having played everywhere in Leeds from the Duchess (RIP) to Elland Road, we are massively happy that Leeds has built somewhere new for us to play. Looking forward to opening Leeds Arena next year, it's going to be bigger than Ken Bates' legal bill." Now, with marquee acts signed on, Wilson is understandably hacked off. "Really f*cked off with Leeds Arena, they asked us to open the thing then put Elton on the week before and now Bruce," tweeted the singer on Tuesday afternoon (February 19, 2013) before quickly deleting the message. He followed it up by saying, "Thought I better delete that. Just really f**cked off."

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Kaiser Chiefs Founder Nick Hodgson Quits Band After 15 Years


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Nick Hodgson, The Kaiser ChiefsOh My God: Nick Hodgson Has Announced His Departure From The Kaiser Chiefs

Kaiser Chiefs drummer Nick Hodgson has quit the band after 15 years. The drummer, backing vocalist and primary songwriting announced the news on Twitter on Tuesday (December 4, 2012), telling fans of the Leeds band, "I can confirm I have left Kaiser Chiefs after 15 spectacular years. I'm moving on. I wish the rest of the band the very best!"

His band-mates tweeted their support for Nick's decision and there doesn't appear to be any bad blood over his departure. Lead singer Ricky Wilson said, "@nickkaiserchief The door is on the latch and the key under the mat," while bass player Simon Rix said, "good luck to @nickkaiserchief with his plans. I can exclusively confirm we will still be collaborating on pints in pubs." Named after Kaizer Chiefs, the South African football team and onetime home of Leeds legend Lucas Radebe, the Kaisers formed after Hodgson met Wilson and guitarist Andrew White (firstly calling themselves Runston Parva, and then Parva). He played with the band for six albums in total and wrote a string of their biggest hits, including, Oh My God, I Predict A Riot and Ruby.

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