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Ricky Wilson won’t follow The Voice to ITV

By | Published on Monday 16 November 2015

Ricky Wilson

Chief Kaiser Ricky Wilson has confirmed the next series of ‘The Voice’ will be his last in the big spinning judging chair, because a serious musician like Chief Kaiser Ricky Wilson would never sully himself by participating in a shitty ITV talent show.

And, as previously reported, shitty BBC talent show ‘The Voice’ will move to ITV in 2017 after the commercial broadcaster secured the UK rights to the programme from its maker Talpa Media, now a subsidiary of, well, ITV.

Wilson’s decision to depart ‘The Voice’ after its 2016 outing on the Beeb is mainly based on a belief that ITV “will want to have a totally new show” when they take over the franchise in 2017, so he should “bow out gracefully” before the switch. Which is fair enough. He’s probably right.

Speaking to The Sun, he admitted that he thinks the BBC should have fought harder to keep the talent franchise in its schedules, despite critics arguing that the Corporation should be developing its own shows in-house, rather than buying-in expensive existing formats just to take on ITV’s ‘The X-Factor’.

But, says Wilson of the show: “It’s a huge part of people’s lives. It’s what the great British public want on their Saturday night. They don’t want to be force-fed something educational”. You know, like ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ or ‘Doctor Who’.

And, of course, ‘The Voice’ played a key role in the BBC’s remit to support and champion the British music community, aiding the careers of a long line of now successful UK artists like, well, erm, hmm, yeah, mainly Kaiser Chiefs I think.