Kylie to have a spin on The Voice

Kylie Minogue Kylie Minogue says she 'loves the concept' of BBC One's talent show

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Kylie Minogue will join will.i.am and Tom Jones on the next series of The Voice.

The fourth coach is yet to be revealed, after the departures of Jessie J and Danny O'Donoghue from the programme after the second series.

'I love the concept of the show and have been an avid viewer of both series,' says Minogue, who has sold more than 68m records around the world.

'The search for new talent is such an important aspect of the music industry and The Voice UK gives us all a part to play in that.'

'Pop icon'

Mark Linsey, controller entertainment commissioning, believes the new star recruit will be a 'fantastic addition' to the show.

'She is a true pop icon and her longevity in the industry is testament to her creative and musical ability.'

He also welcomes back the 'immensely talented' will.i.am, who had previously said he wouldn't return to the show without the other three original coaches.

Linsey believes the Black Eyed Peas man 'brings with him a huge amount of knowledge and industry credibility. He is a champion of new, exciting artists, with a proven track record of being an outstanding and dedicated coach both on the series and beyond'.

Disappointment

Will.i.am, who tweeted his disappointment after his act Leah McFall failed to win series two of the singing contest, is now eager for a third spin in the red chairs.

'While I will miss Danny and Jessie, I'm excited to be returning for season three and to work with Kylie and Tom,' he says. 'Together we will mix it up and bring new energy and ideas to the show.'

Tom Jones, who won the first series with Leanne Mitchell and was runner-up in the second with Mike Ward, also regards Minogue as 'a welcome addition'.

Linsey says the Welshman 'brings a huge amount of credibility and gravitas' to The Voice, which returns to BBC One in January.

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