Rita Ora has been named as the latest coach to join The Voice, replacing Kylie Minogue on the panel for the BBC talent search.
The series returns in January 2015 with Ora set to take her place on the show’s trademark spinning chairs alongside Tom Jones, will.i.am and Kaiser Chiefs’ frontman Ricky Wilson. Speaking to BBC News, Ora said she was “excited” by the challenge.
Fellow coach will.i.am added: “Sir Tom Jones is our rock, Ricky is awesome and it’s our pleasure to welcome the very talented Rita Ora. Rita is sweet, spicy and sassy – she’s going to be a great addition to the coaches team.”
Jermain Jackman won the third series of The Voice earlier this year. It was the one and only series Kylie Minogue took part in due to her touring commitments planned for later in 2014. She was preceded on the panel by Jessie J while Danny O’Donoghue from The Script appeared for two years prior to being replaced by Ricky Wilson.
Speaking to NME earlier this year, Ricky Wilson suggested he might not return to the panel. Discussing his place on the show, he said he had “no reason” to return to the programme. See below to watch the interview in full.