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Boy George: 'Ricky Wilson kills it on The Voice!'

Boy George is looking forward to "fierce" competition between himself and fellow new Voice judge Paloma Faith.

Ricky Wilson attracts contestants on The Voice because he "looks into people's souls", according to Boy George.

The Kaiser Chiefs frontman is returning to the British TV singing competition for his third series in 2016, joining original judge and newcomers Paloma Faith and Boy George. It's going to be tough for the newbies to beat the powers of charming Ricky.

"Oh my God, he's so good at this," Boy George gushed to Britain's Closer magazine. "He looks into people's souls. I call him the doe-eyed killer because he's like: 'Come to me!' and they (the contestants) do!"

It comes as a surprise that the Culture Club star joined the panel, after previously slamming the show for being "pointless", but he insists a smart person always changes their mind. He's now looking forward to "fierce" competition between himself and Paloma, who admits to being worried about how the public will react to her, especially since social media has become such a phenomenon. "You put one foot wrong in this business and someone's on their computer Tweeting that you should burn in hell," she sighed. "I am quite sensitive because you have to be to be a songwriter. It does hurt, so I was very scared of saying no to people."

It seems replacing former mentors Rita Ora and Tom Jones has gone smoothly. That doesn't mean will and Ricky don't miss their former colleagues though, and they've been tuning into Rita's stint on rival show The X Factor.

"Yeah, she's done great," Ricky said. "She sent me a picture of herself on Simon's (Cowell) jet, which is a lot different to filming The Voice in Salford."

"I talk to her like three times a week," will added. "It is strange him (Tom) not being here. It makes you wish they had five chairs."

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