Ricky Wilson quits The Voice UK: series five on BBC One will be his last

Published Friday, Nov 13 2015, 11:11 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Ricky Wilson will not be returning to The Voice UK next year.

Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky, who is a judge on the show, said he will "bow out gracefully" before the talent show is moved from BBC One to its reported new home on ITV.

Ricky Wilson - The Voice UK judge - BBC One.

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It was confirmed this week that The Voice would no longer air on BBC One after the fifth series next year as it had been "poached" by another broadcaster.

Ricky, who joined the show in 2013, has now told The Mirror: "This is my last one anyway. I was going to bow out gracefully. I don't think ITV would want me. They would want to have a totally new show."

Talking about the BBC's failed bid to keep the show, Ricky continued: "I think the argument about the BBC shouldn't be competing with ITV is nonsense because you should always be competing, as that is the only way things get better.

The Voice judges and hosts pose together as they film blind auditions, 25 September 2015.

© Getty Images / Shirlaine Forrest

The Voice UK series five: This will be Ricky's last series.

"Light entrainment is a huge part of people's lives. The great British public, that is what they want on Saturday night – they don't want to be force fed something educational, there is something so important about entertainment. It is equal to education."

Ricky won series four of the show earlier this year with his act Stevie McCrorie. He is currently filming series five of The Voice with his fellow judges Paloma Faith, Boy George and will.i.am.

Ricky is also currently fronting a brand new entertainment music show on Sky called Bring The Noise alongside Nicole Scherzinger, Tinie Tempah and comedian Katherine Ryan.

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