Ricky Wilson, lead singer of award-winning British band Kaiser Chiefs, is to fill the fourth and final red chair as a coach on BBC One’s The Voice when it returns in January 2014, completing the show’s exciting new line-up.
Fronted by Ricky, Kaiser Chiefs topped the charts with ‘Ruby’ and held top-10 chart positions with ‘I Predict A Riot’, ‘Every Day I Love You Less And Less’ and ‘Oh My God’. Kaiser Chiefs were nominated for a Mercury Prize, have won five Brit awards and been nominated for seven, have won an Ivor Novello Award, have had four top-10 albums and performed at the Olympic Closing Ceremony in 2012. Known for his energetic live performances, Ricky’s previous work with the BBC has seen him host Never Mind The Buzzcocks, T In The Park (2008) and appear on The Culture Show.
Ricky says: “Who doesn’t want to spend their Saturday night with Kylie Minogue? I spent last winter yelling at The Voice, and both Sir Tom Jones and will.i.am were total superstars. I’m just lucky the Kaiser Chiefs have rubber stamped my temporary loan!”
Mark Linsey, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning says: “Ricky is one of the UK music scene’s great frontmen. He knows all about performance and will complement the rest of the coaching line-up perfectly.”
Moira Ross, Head of Entertainment at Wall To Wall says: “Being the showman that he is, I think Ricky is the perfect addition to our coaching line-up. I’m incredibly excited about our coaches and presenters and feel sure we’re on track for a fantastic series.”
Charlotte Moore, Controller, BBC One says: “Kaiser Chiefs’ frontman Ricky Wilson completes the new line-up for The Voice UK, and its return to BBC One in January is all set to be bigger and better than ever.”