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Ricky Wilson regrets quitting The Voice and pleads for return: ‘I should have stuck around’

Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson has admitted he regrets walking away from The Voice and wants to return.

The 44-year-old, who had judged the singing competition from 2013, quit the show in 2016 when it moved from BBC to ITV.

Ricky had once claimed he made TV talent shows credible after he took a gamble to star on The Voice, before he bowed out when ITV bosses took over, thinking they ‘would want to have a totally new show’.

But now he’s said he ‘should have stuck around’ in those revolving chairs.

Speaking to The Sun, he said: ‘I don’t find The Voice as exciting any more now I am not on it.

‘I just feel like I should be there.’

Having starred as a judge for three years and won twice, Ricky revealed he felt as though it was time for him to bow out before people ‘started criticising’ him.

Ricky quit the series in 2016, after winning twice (Picture: Wall to Wall / ITV/ Guy Levy)

‘I thought I’ll get out before anyone says anything bad or notices my tricks,’ he said.

He added that he presumed the show would face a ‘rebrand’ after moving to ITV, revealing: ‘I actually thought maybe they’re going to get rid of me.’

However, he ‘should have stuck around’ and really ‘did enjoy it’.

Ricky even admitted that if The Voice bosses were to have asked him to return, he ‘would be there’.

Ricky judged alongside Paloma Faith, and Boy George once (Picture: Wall to Wall / ITV)

Ricky won the series with Stevie McCrorie in 2015 and with Kevin Simm the following year.

The original judging panel when The Voice premiered in 2012 included, Jessie J, Sir Tom Jones and Danny O’Donoghue, before Ricky joined in the third series with Kylie Minogue, replacing Jessie J and Danny.

Since then, along with Ricky, other judges from previous series have included Paloma Faith and Rita Ora.

As The Voice returns this year for its 11th series, the panel still has Sir Tom Jones and, joined by Anne-Marie and Olly Murs.

The Voice returns to ITV later this year.


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