Paul McCartney might be joining the panel on The Voice (Picture: Getty)
Get Back: Paul McCartney Joining UK's "The Voice"? Not So Fast!
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May 20, 2016
Britain’s The Sun newspaper is reporting that Sir Paul McCartney has been offered a judge’s role on that country’s version of The Voice, but the former Beatle has turned it down.
Next season, the show is moving from the BBC to commercial ITV, and the new channel wanted to start things off with a bang.
Boy George, Paloma Faith, will.i.am and the Kaiser Chief‘s Ricky Wilson held judging duties last season, while Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue, Rita Ora and Jessie J have also served as judges on the program.
A source says this about the prospect of McCartney joining the show: “His One on One world tour does not end until October, when filming for the show is likely to begin. While the ITV offer has been generous, Paul really doesn’t need the money and wants to focus on his own music.”
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Paul McCartney eyed up to Twist and Shout in The Voice judge’s chair
Music legend offered coach role on the show as it prepares to make the move to ITV
From DAN WOOTTON’S BIZARRE TV COLUMN
19 May 2016
Bosses have approached Macca with a deal and hope They Can Work it Out
WITH the move from BBC to ITV, The Voice is having to do all it can to make sure it’s the best series yet.
And what better way than by trying to recruit one of the greatest musicians of all time?
I’ve learned that bosses are desperate to land SIR PAUL McCARTNEY as one of the coaches for the next series.
Paul, 60, wasn't convinced Yesterday that he should take the offer
But THE BEATLES star and all-round music legend, whose career spans almost 60 years, isn’t convinced about the offer.
An insider told me: “ITV are determined to make the show a real success when it changes channel so they are really going for it.
“Paul McCartney is undoubtedly one of the greatest musicians to have ever lived so to get him signed up would be a real coup.
“It would blow the judges from the BBC series out of the water and would set The Voice apart as the top music contest in the world — well above X Factor or equivalents in the US.”
The Sun revealed in November how ITV had poached the show from the BBC in a deal worth £22million.
The fifth series — featuring judges RICKY WILSON, WILL.I.AM, BOY GEORGE and PALOMA FAITH — ended last month.
But it looks unlikely that Macca, who releases his new 67-track album Pure McCartney on June 10, will be spinning around in a red chair any time soon, despite our mock up pic.
My insider added: “While the ITV offer has been generous, Paul really doesn’t need the money and wants to focus on his own music.
“His One on One world tour does not end until October, when filming for the show is likely to begin.
If Paul joins the Voice team he can get by with a little help from his friends on the judging panel
“It’s all still up in the air but The Voice really is trying to pull out all the stops this time.”
An ITV spokesman said last night that an announcement on the full line-up would be made in due course.
If they did manage to get him on board, it would surely make the show essential viewing.
Even if he decides against it, if this is the calibre of coaches they are approaching, I can’t wait to watch.