Ricky Wilson eyes The Voice U.K. return

19th May 17 | Entertainment News

Ricky Wilson regrets his decision to leave TV singing contest The Voice U.K.

Ricky Wilson

Kaiser Chiefs rocker Ricky Wilson wants to return to his coaching role on TV talent show The Voice UK.

The Ruby singer was a member of the show's judging panel for three series from 2014 to 2016, but quit when the show transferred from the BBC to rival British broadcaster ITV.

Ricky says he now regrets his decision to quit to devote more time to the Kaiser Chiefs, as he could do with the cash that comes with a high profile TV job.

"I'm waiting for The Voice to call actually - I need the money," he told British newspaper The Metro. "I'd do it tomorrow if they asked me."

He also admits his absence from the programme has made him realise how much he enjoyed mentoring aspiring acts.

"I'd probably hate doing it but I love having done it," he explained. "It's like a water slide or paintballing."

When the show moved to ITV, Ricky's role as the rocker on the panel was filled by Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, who completed his first season as a judge in April (17).

Gavin received some criticism for his stint on the show as none of his acts made the final, but Ricky believes his replacement's judging skills will improve as he gains more experience.

"The first year is always the hardest," the 39-year-old explained.

Gavin was joined by The Voice U.K. veterans Tom Jones and will.i.am on this year's panel, but the trio's acts were beaten by Mo Adeniran, mentored by another new coach, former American Idol finalist Jennifer Hudson.

Although Mo won the show's live final, his debut single Unsteady failed to reach the top 40 of the U.K. chart.

Gavin, will and Tom have indicated a willingness to return for the show's next series, which will air next year (18), but Jennifer is unlikely to as she has just signed a deal to judge on season 13 of the U.S. version The Voice.

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