Kaiser Chiefs Frontman Ricky Wilson Completes 'The Voice' Judging Panel
The singer in the Leeds-based indie band has been chosen to replace the departing Danny O'Donoghue.
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.
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.
"Who doesn't want to spend their Saturday night with Kylie Minogue?" said Wilson in a statement, quoted by the BBC. "I spent last winter yelling at The Voice, and both Sir Tom Jones and will.i.am were total superstars. I'm just lucky the Kaiser Chiefs have rubber stamped my temporary loan!"
Ricky is known for his energetic stage performances.
The BBC's Mark Linsey gave his own statement on the appointment, and seemed confident that the broadcasting corporation had made the right call in hiring Ricky. He said, "Ricky is one of the UK music scene's great frontmen. He knows all about performance and will complement the rest of the coaching line-up perfectly."
The Voice will return to BBC 1 in January, so not to clash with the airing of ITV's Britain's Got Talent. With an increased interest in the show over progressive seasons, bosses at the BBC are hoping that the third season of the show will be the most popular yet, and with the new faces in tow, anything could be possible.
Kylie Minogue will also join the show next season.