The Voice UK’s new coach Anne-Marie wants to make ‘mental health a big thing’ on the 2021 series as she opened up about her own struggles.
The upcoming series will see Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am and Olly Murs making a return to the judging panel, while Anne-Marie has stepped in to replace Meghan Trainor.
The blind auditions, which starts tonight, will see a number of singers take to the stage in a bid to impress the coaches.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk about becoming a new judge and why mental health in the music industry is so important, the 2002 singer said: ‘I’m massively into mental health so I wanted to make that a big thing with everyone that I work with on the show.
‘It is just something that I’ve suffered with and dealt with as well so it’s just a natural thing that I tend to speak about all the time.
‘For them (contestants), I obviously can’t understand how they’re feeling because they’re literally jumping into the deep end. Whereas I got into the industry very slowly and I worked my way up.’
The 29-year-old went on to recall her own battle with mental health as she compared it to how the contestants would be feeling on the show.
She continued: ‘I know the anxiety that I felt and then the mental health that I went through and they probably feel 10 times more because they’re just like one extreme to the other.
‘The reason why I feel so great about this show as well is because as soon as I mentioned that (mental health) to everyone, they were like “We already have like a massive mental health system in place for the contestants”.’
‘I was really happy about that, but I just wanted to reiterate to my team, “If you ever feel uncomfortable with something don’t be scared to say no”, she added.
‘I feel like as soon as you get into the music industry that you have to say yes because it’s like “Is this normal? Am I meant to be doing this?”‘
Anne-Marie isn’t the only new addition to the programme this year as bosses have also added a block button.
Each of the coaches has one chance to use their block button and it basically means that if they press it, the contestant performing is instantly put on their team.
Speaking about why she wanted to take part in The Voice UK, the singer went on to explain: ‘I wanted to bring, one thing being an annoying laugh to the show, which is what I have.
‘And a sense of like someone who is in the industry experiencing it right now with the new writers and the new songwriters and the new producers.’
The new series of the show will arrive in January, and it comes just a few months after Blessing Chitapa was crowned the winner of The Voice 2020.
The 18-year-old and her coach Olly Murs came out victorious after a tough battle with the other finalists Gevanni Hutton (Team Will.i.am), Jonny Brooks (Team Tom Jones), and Brooke Scullion (Team Meghan Trainor).
The Voice returns to ITV on January 2 at 8:30pm.
Credit: Original article published here.