Will.i.am Joins 'The Voice' U.K. as Coach

Will.I.Am Performs Red Jacket 2011
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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10:  Recording artist will.i.am performs on stage at the 10th Annual BMI Urban Awards at the Pantages Theatre on September 10, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

The show will go on air in the U.K. next spring.

London - Black-Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am will join Jessie J and two yet-to-be announced celebrities as coaches on The Voice U.K., which will air on BBC1 next spring.

The multi-platinum selling artist, producer and songwriter has sold 31 million albums and 58 million singles worldwide as the founder of the seven- times Grammy Award-winning band.

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He has worked with music industry artists including Michael Jackson, Rihanna, Usher and Cheryl Cole.

Will.i.am's selection will prompt speculation that Cole may also take a judging slot or appear in a guest role on the show, but BBC1 boss Danny Cohen wasn't giving any hints as he announced the move.

Will.i.am said he was thrilled to be selected for the British version of the NBC smash hit.

"I'm proud to be doing The Voice U.K. because the U.K. was the first place I saw success. It's the place I'm the most creative outside of home."