Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Pair clash over Voice contestants

The Voice's Jessie J grumbled about fellow coach Willi.i.am

Sparks fly between coaches Jessie J and Will.i.am as they squabble over contestants as The Voice returns this weekend.

During the first edition of the show, the pair are embroiled in a heated exchange after Jessie takes exception to the Black Eyed Peas star chipping in while she is trying to entice a hopeful to her team.

The programme returns on Saturday night for the first round of auditions in which the coaches choose the wannabes they would like on their team.

But Jessie accuses Will of siding with fellow judge Danny O'Donoghue and claims that he is continually trying to stop the contestants from choosing her. In the show the coaches often have to go head-to-head to persuade the best entrants they should join their roster.

At one stage, Jessie grumbles: "He never wants people to pick me."

The dispute led to fellow panellist Sir Tom Jones wading in to sort out the argument after an audition was over. Jessie moaned: "I think it's unfair to influence them on their decisions."

But Will defended his decision to offer his view when a contestant seemed unable to make a decision between Jessie and Danny. He said: "They asked for my help - it's not passing out cookies.

"I think I did the right thing because he obviously couldn't make a decision."

Jessie looked stony-faced after the heated exchange following an audition by 22-year-old Danny County from London.

The second series of The Voice begins on BBC One on Saturday at 7pm.

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