Ricky set for return to The Voice UK hot seat

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THE Voice UK star Ricky Wilson has admitted he was in awe of fellow coach Will.i.am because he was just a singer in an “indie band from the north of England.”

Kaiser Chiefs singer Wilson, from Leeds, is set to join Will.i.am and new coaches Boy George and Paloma Faith when series five of The Voice UK gets underway on BBC1 on Saturday January 9.

Wilson said: “Will is one of the most powerful music men in the world, I totally respect him. It was only when we stated having playful fights that we started enjoying each other’s company a lot more.

“When we first started he was a lion and I was a kitten. I felt a little bit down and then someone told me to push back a little bit so I did and a big grin came across his face as if to say ‘that’s what you should be doing.’

“He made me do that, he knew I had to do that in order to survive the process. He’s been very generous with me, I’m in an indie band from the north of England, I shouldn’t be on his radar, but I am.”

When asked what Paloma Faith and Boy George bring to the show, Wilson said: “They are great. I think they both had the shock I had when I first joined. You go into it knowing it’s a TV show and come out of it forgetting it’s a TV show altogether. It’s not a game, you get so emotionally invested in people. That’s what it becomes all about. I think that’s something which has definitely come as a shock to them.”

Boy George said: “Some people may think you’re too cool to be doing a reality show like this, what do you say to that? I suppose that’s a compliment but being cool doesn’t pay the bills.”