Kylie Minogue says filming The Voice was ‘dark and icy cold’

Singer may return as a judge in the 'more spectacular' Australian version of the singing contest

Kylie Minogue has said she may return as a judge on The Voice in Australia – despite ruling out a second stint on the singing contest in the UK.

Minogue replaced Jessie J as a judge in The Voice for the most recent series on BBC1, which ran from January to April. She announced shortly before the final that she wouldn’t return for the next series, but has now said she might return as a judge in the Australian version.

“Here in Australia, it feels much more of a commercial show,” Minogue told Sydney Morning Herald. “It’s more spectacular, almost gladiatorial. It’s kind-of bigger and glitzier.” The current Australian series began screening in May. Minogue said: “In the UK, we were in a nice studio in Manchester, but it’s smaller and darker. It’s 4pm, icy cold. In Australia, we start filming in January. It’s a beautiful day, everyone’s happy.”

Minogue and her fellow judge from the most recent British series have joined the Australian judging panel alongside Good Charlotte singer Joel Madden and Ricky Martin. Asked if she would return for next year’s run in her native Australia, Minogue said: “I really don’t know. It’s a big commitment and I’m loving it, but we’re yet to have our first live show. I’m trying to plan my year ahead, and that’s one of the things in question.”

Both of the winners of ‘The Voice’ in Australia, Karise Eden and Harrison Craig, have released No 1 albums. But the three British winners – Leanne Mitchell, Andrea Begley and Jermain Jackman – have yet to score a Top Five album or Top 20 single between them. The most successful contestant is Becky Hill, the featured vocalist on Oliver Heldens’ No 1 single ‘Gecko (Overdrive)’. Hill reached the semi-finals of the first series.

Kaiser Chiefs singer Ricky Wilson has said he is “unsure” if he’ll return, after his turn as a judge on the most recent series boosted his band’s career. Their album ‘Education, Education, Education And War’ reached No 1. Fellow judges Tom Jones and have also yet to commit to returning.