Will.i.am refuses to confirm return to BBC's The Voice

16/07/13

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Will.i.am has refused to confirm whether he is returning as a coach for series three of The Voice.

The 38-year-old star made the comments while hosting a party as guest editor of technology magazine Wired.

He was speaking to Newsbeat days before fellow The Voice coach Danny O'Donnoghue announced he was stepping down from the show.

The singer said he wanted to concentrate on the future career of his band The Script.

Earlier this month, singer Jessie J, also announced she would no longer be taking part in the show.

But when asked whether he would take part in series three of The Voice after giving away his salary for the show to the Prince's Trust, Will replied:

I paid to do The Voice that year. That means the hotels and the travel and the food, I paid to be on TV
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"No. What that means is I paid to do The Voice that year. That means the hotels and the travel and the food, I paid to be on TV, because the money I would have earned went to kids in the Prince's Trust to learn science, technology and mathematics. That's what that means.

So Newsbeat tried again. Would he consider doing a third series of The Voice?

"I did it the second year and it was a great experience."

His answer after the third question focused on the magazine.

The BBC says it is still in talks with him and Sir Tom Jones about their futures on the show.

Will.i.am also discussed going back to university in September to study his ventures with his I.Am.Angel Foundation which aims to help young people get into education debt free.

He says he wants more entrepreneurs and wants to "give kids the tools of tomorrow to transform their current state of mind to easily accept tasks or positions that they never otherwise would have took seriously or thought they can do."

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