TO say The Voice is yet to produce a star winner is something of an understatement.
Leanne Mitchell is back singing at holiday camps, Stevie McCrorie is a fireman again and Jermain Jackman put his music on hold to study for a politics degree.
Will.i.am, who will sit on the coaches’ panel alongside PIXIE LOTT and McFLY’s DANNY JONES, reckons the prize of a £30,000 bursary and VIP family trip to Disneyland Paris will put less pressure on the winner than the adult show’s recording deal.
He said: “I think the Voice Kids’ winner is more likely to be a star because they are under less stress.
“The prize of money to help their talent, rather than
a record contract, will help them to develop away from sceptics and criticism.
“They will have room to do it their way.”
Will seems to have renewed energy and enthusiasm for ITV’s new prime-time show, which begins at 7.45pm on Saturday, and the BLACK EYED PEAS star admits he prefers it to his coaching duties on The Voice’s adult series.
He said: “This show is definitely the best version of The Voice that I have experienced.
“I hope it will be more popular and get more viewers. I’ve felt joy, happiness, awe and excitement.
“It’s a real rollercoaster of emotion. I love it.
“I think it is because it’s so pure, with no agendas. The kids aren’t trying to get back to a career they once had or to get more followers on Instagram or Twitter.
“They just love music.
“It’s a true family show. There is no way you can have an evil or wicked bone in your body when you see this show.
“With all the things happening in the world right now, this show makes me hopeful for the future.”
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But Kimberley, seen here promoting her new show Disney’s The Lodge on This Morning, admits playdates between her kids and Cheryl’s three-month-old Bear are hectic.
In an exclusive interview, she said: “I just can’t wait until all of the boys are older so the play dates will be less chaos.
“They run wild when we see each other and we just hope for the best.”
AFTER a telly career spanning six decades, you’d think SIR MICHAEL PARKINSON might want to put his feet up.
But the 82-year-old TV veteran has vowed to keep working, as he is worried he will pop his clogs if he finally retires.
The former chat show host, who has survived prostate cancer, has even promised to pen two more books to add to his collection.
He said: “I don’t want to retire because it’s the first step to the knacker’s yard. It’s what keeps me going.
“I’ve got a couple of books in me and I’m doing telly still, as well as personal appearances and one-man shows, so I’m still pressing ahead.”
Long may he continue to do so.
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