Boy George and Paloma Faith join The Voice UK.
International superstars Boy George and Paloma Faith today confirm that they will join returning coaches will.i.am and Ricky Wilson for the fifth series of The Voice UK on BBC One.
The coaches will all be heading to Media City in Salford, Manchester for the blind auditions next month ahead of a new series, which launches on BBC One in January 2016.
Grammy and Brit Award-winning Boy George needs little introduction and remains today one of the world’s most recognisable and iconic figures. The singer, actor, DJ, artist, photographer and fashion designer first shot to international stardom in the 1980s as the front man of one of the UK’s biggest exports - Culture Club - selling over 50 million albums, 100 million singles and achieving top 10 hits around the world.
Brit Award-winning Best British Female Artist 2015, Paloma Faith shot to international stardom with her debut album Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful? in 2009. Since then, she has continued to achieve huge success with her double platinum albums Fall To Grace and A Perfect Contradiction, completing a hat trick of double platinum records for this remarkable artist.
Speaking about their new coach roles on The Voice UK, Boy George says: “I'm thrilled and excited to be a coach on The Voice UK. I'm a huge fan of the show and have watched and engaged with it from series one. If I can help someone to win I will be delighted. What a wonderful opportunity to share my experiences and help someone move forward with their musical career. I can't wait to sit in that chair!”
Paloma Faith adds: “I’m really excited about working with creative people who are there not just to be great singers, but also innovative personalities and performers. I have a long history of helping break artists as in my club nights I booked Kate Nash, Adele, and The Noisettes before they hit the big time, and four of my band members have gone on to pursue successful solo careers. I’m really looking forward to getting my teeth into something that cultivates the talents of another person and takes the focus off myself for a bit.”
Grammy award-winning recording artist, producer, DJ, innovator and philanthropist will.i.am reprises his role in the famous red chairs alongside Ricky Wilson, lead singer of multi-award-winning British band Kaiser Chiefs.
Joining the coaches again as show hosts are TV favorites Emma Willis and Marvin Humes.
The Voice UK has established itself as a major force within British television since launching in 2012 with series four retaining over 10 million viewers. Series four winner, Stevie McCrorie, hit the top of the charts with his debut single Lost Stars reaching number six in the UK and number one in Scottish charts. His debut album will follow later this year.
Moira Ross, The Voice UK Executive Producer, says: “Series five looks set to be our liveliest yet: four iconic superstars all with very big personalities. I feel sure we’re on track for another fantastic series.”
Tim Van Rongen, The Voice Executive Producer on behalf of Talpa UK, says: “I am thrilled to have Boy George and Paloma Faith to join The Voice UK family as coaches and to have will.i.am and Ricky Wilson back. Continuing in The Voice tradition of having iconic and most current music stars as coaches, both fit perfectly."
Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, says: “Boy George and Paloma will bring a wealth of musical talent, expertise and unpredictability to our new coaching line-up. Their originality and flair will shake things up on the red chairs and take the audience by surprise. I’m thrilled to welcome back will.i.am and Ricky and would like to personally thank Sir Tom Jones for his dedication and commitment to the last four series.”
Mark Linsey, Controller of Entertainment Commissioning, adds: “Since its launch in 2012, the line up for The Voice UK has been through a number of changes. As one of our original coaches Sir Tom Jones helped make The Voice UK a success, and we’d like to thank him for his invaluable contribution to the series. We think that the line up for series five will be a huge hit with viewers. Meanwhile, Sir Tom will return to BBC One with Rob Brydon in One Big Night for BBC Children in Need.”