Nicole Scherzinger to replace Rita Ora as The Voice UK coach?

Published Wednesday, Jul 1 2015, 09:08 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Nicole Scherzinger could replace Rita Ora on The Voice UK.

That's according to The Sun, anyway, which claims Nicole's lined up meetings with bosses at the BBC about possibly becoming a new coach on the show.

The Voice producers need a new star after Rita jumped ship this month, leaving the BBC series to join Simon Cowell on rival talent show The X Factor.

Nicole Scherzinger attends the premiere of Selma at the Curzon Cinema in Mayfair, London - 27 January 2015

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A source said current The Voice coach had put in a good word for his old friend Nicole and has been "lobbying hard" for her to land the role.

The insider added: "Her team believe she's distanced herself from X Factor enough while she's concentrated on hr solo music career to be able to join another show. She definitely wants to do it."

Nicole, 38, was a judge on X Factor USA for a series before joining the UK show for two series. She's since appeared in the West End in a revival of Cats and starred in US talent show I Can Do That, which challenged celebrities to learn different entertainments and acts.

Meanwhile, it's unclear whether any more of The Voice UK coaches will follow in Rita Ora's footsteps and leave before the new series.

Kaiser Chiefs' frontman Ricky Wilson told NME last week: "I haven't heard from The Voice, as everyone is on holiday or at Glastonbury. But, no, I've heard nothing. I don't know if I'd do it again, maybe."

As well as Nicole, another name in the running is Paloma Faith.

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