Kylie Minogue Joins BBC's 'The Voice UK' as Coach
UPDATED: The U.K. public broadcaster also confirms the returns of will.i.am and Tom Jones for season three of the singing competition next year.
Kylie Minogue is joining The Voice UK as a coach next year, the BBC announced Wednesday.
The Hollywood Reporter previously reported that the Australian pop star was likely to get the spot but had yet to sign on. Minogue will work with will.i.am and Tom Jones, whose returns for season three of the singing talent show the U.K. public broadcaster also confirmed on Wednesday.
"Grammy award-winner Kylie has had worldwide record sales of more than 68 million and was given an Order of the British Empire for services to music," the BBC said. "With 10 world tours, 11 successful albums and over 50 hit singles internationally, Kylie is well placed to use her expertise to find and nurture new and exciting vocal talent."
Said Minogue: "I'm very excited to become a coach on The Voice UK. I love the concept of the show and have been an avid viewer of both series. The search for new talent is such an important aspect of the music industry, and The Voice UK gives us all a part to play in that. Will I be competitive? Probably more than even I imagine! Watch this space!"
Mark Linsey, controller of entertainment commissioning at the BBC, said: “Kylie is a hugely respected figure within the world of music and will be a fantastic addition to The Voice UK. She is a true pop icon, and her longevity in the industry is testament to her creative and musical ability.”
The show in its first season beat Simon Cowell's Britain's Got Talent several weeks in a row but lost momentum in its second season, leading to calls for new coaches and format tweaks.
Jessie J and Danny O'Donoghue have left the coaching panel in recent months. The fourth remaining coaching position will be filled "in due course," the BBC said Wednesday.
“In terms of pop royalty, it really doesn’t get much better than Kylie," said Moira Ross, head of entertainment for Voice UK producer Wall to Wall. "With more than two decades of global success under her belt, I know she’ll bring something truly special to the coaching lineup."
And will.i.am said Wednesday: "While I will miss Danny and Jessie, I’m excited to be returning for season three and to work with Kylie and Tom. Together we will mix it up and bring new energy and ideas to the show."
Charlotte Moore, controller of BBC One, said: "I knew the lineup wouldn’t disappoint! To secure the princess of pop, Kylie, and announce the return of will.i.am and Sir Tom is a really great moment for the show."
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