New The Voice UK coach Olly Murs reckons Will.i.am has been ‘trying to get into his head’.
Former X Factor finalist Olly, 33 – who’s joined the panel for 2018 – reveals Will.i.am’s competitive nature has been ‘testing’, but he’s been taking it as banter.
Speaking ahead of the launch show next weekend, Olly said: ‘I think Will is probably the most competitive that I saw, he was trying to get into my head and trying to convince me to turn when maybe I shouldn’t but that is what it is all about.
‘It is all fun and games and I think especially when you are on The Voice UK it becomes ultra-competitive because one of us is going to win the show with the team we have got and obviously we all want to have a really good team and we all want to win.
‘I think there is always going to be that nice little competitive edge and I think Will always brings that.
‘I love it, it is all banter for me, I like it when people are testing me out and having fun with me, it is great.’
For cheeky, personable chappie Olly, who came in second place on The X Factor in 2009, the coaching panel have been ‘really welcoming’ otherwise.
‘It is mad,’ said Olly ahead of the series launch.
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‘When I first started I was really nervous to be the new member, it is like being in a new class at a new school with all new kids, I have got all these new people to meet and they all know each other and they have got to get to know me.
‘Will they like me or not? I don’t know, but I have settled in brilliantly. I was really nervous to start off but everyone is really lovely and the whole team is great to work with and they have made me feel really welcome. They are really fun.’
Olly jumped ship from ITV’s The X Factor to join the channel’s The Voice, and replaces Gavin Rossdale as the fourth judge.
X Factor boss Simon Cowell reportedly ‘isn’t happy’ with the move, as he believed Olly had left his show to focus more on his music than other reality show commitments.
The Voice UK returns to ITV on Saturday January 6 at 8pm.
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