Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson says he’s made it ‘acceptable’ to appear on TV talent shows

However, the singer says he's not sure if he'll back for the next series of 'The Voice'

Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson says he believes he’s made it “acceptable” for alternative musicians to appear on TV talent shows.

The singer appeared as a judge on the most recent series of the BBC’s singing competition The Voice. It was recently announced that Coldplay frontman Chris Martin is to appear as a mentor on the US version.

Wilson told Metro: “This is me being a big head here, so I need to be careful – but when it was announced that Chris Martin was doing the American one… I’d like to think that it came into his head when he was offered it that it was maybe something that we’re allowed to do.”


He added: “I was probably the first alternative musician to judge on a reality show and I think it was a brave step to do that, but I see it as a step in the door.”

Wilson also admitted he doesn’t think many bands would be interested in a The Voice-style talent show. “I don’t think the world is ready for that yet because I don’t think any bands would go on it yet. You can’t jump in there with loads of guitars and be swigging beer from plastic cups on prime time TV like we do onstage, but I think we can get our foot in the door.”

Elsewhere, Wilson hinted that he may not return to the judging panel next year. Fellow first-time judge Kylie Minogue has already announced her intention to step down.

“I haven’t been asked yet, for a start,” Wilson told The Sun. “People keep telling me rumours of who might join the panel and I’m not sure there’d be a space for me. It would definitely depend on the coaches. It would be weird doing it without Kylie. She helped get me over the edge.”

Kaiser Chiefs yesterday announced two huge shows for 2015, playing London’s O2 Arena on February 13, 2015 followed by a homecoming show at Leeds Arena on February 14 – O2 Priority Tickets will be available from 9am on Wednesday 23 April.

Kaiser Chiefs will play:


London O2 Arena (February 13, 2015)
Leeds First Direct Arena (14)

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Tickets for the shows go on general sale on Friday 25 April at 9am. To check the availability of Kaiser Chiefs tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.