Ricky Wilson defends ‘The Voice UK’, says ‘The X Factor’ makes ‘flash in the pan’ stars

The Kaiser Chiefs frontman also brands The Voice UK's move to ITV as "weird"

Ricky Wilson has taken a swipe at rival talent show The X Factor.

The Kaiser Chiefs frontman, who is a coach on The Voice UK, has defended his show for not creating instant chart-toppers, arguing that the BBC One programme doesn’t make winners that are a “flash in the pan”.

Talking to The Sun about The Voice UK‘s move to ITV in 2017, Wilson stated: “I think it’s weird to have both shows on the same channel.


“We’ve found hundreds of stars, but just because we can’t finish a show, wrap them in a bow and give them a number one, it’s not a problem because if you are doing that, their careers will be very short-lived.”

He continued: “We’re not trying to make a flash in the pan. We’re trying to make a star who burns for a very long time. A flash in the pan burns brightly and then disappears very quickly.”


Wilson went on to describe The Voice and Simon Cowell’s talent show as two “very different shows”, concluding that he’s not sure how the format will work on ITV.

He noted: “I think it’ll be odd now the show is going to ITV, because what queue do you join? I think people will know whether they are going to follow the big X or the big V because they are two very different shows.”

Despite the addition of The Voice to ITV, last week, it was confirmed by a SyCo spokesperson that The X Factor will not be rested in 2017, despite ratings for last year’s series being their lowest since 2004.

The Voice UK continues on BBC One this Saturday (February 13) at 7.15pm.