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will.i.am signs deal to return to The Voice in 2018

will.i.am has credited the move to ITV for re-energising The Voice, and will be returning to the show in 2018.

will.i.am has signed a deal to reprise his judging role for the 2018 series of The Voice.

The Black Eyed Peas singer can currently be seen mentoring singing hopefuls on the ITV talent show alongside fellow judges Jennifer Hudson, Tom Jones and Gavin Rossdale.

And now a spokesperson for ITV has confirmed to Digital Spy that the 41-year-old star will be returning to his spinning red chair for next year's season.

will has been a judge on The Voice since it began in 2012, and moved with the show when it transferred from the BBC to ITV last year (16).

Speaking about the relaunch on ITV, the singer and producer credited the channel for bringing a new energy to the show, adding: "Did the show need re-energising? Yes, especially after last season.

"I didn't know (when we were filming) last season's that it would be slower. You're just doing your thing - it's a normal day at work. And then when you watch it, you're like, 'Wow, that's slow'. It just lost it. After last year, I was bored."

The last series of the show on the BBC had seen Welsh legend Tom sacked in favour of Culture Club frontman Boy George. But Tom was quickly reinstated by ITV, with will gushing over the legendary singer's comeback.

"Having Tom back is awesome. It's true I didn't want to come back if he wasn't there," he told The Mirror. "Coming to a new network, I don't think I could have done it (without him). If the panel is wack then the show is going to suffer.

"I like how Tom centres everyone. He brings people to behave and we don't have that nowadays. People just want to run amok. There is no chivalry or appreciation for being polite and I like Tom's generation. I want to be like Tom when I get to his age. He is a gentleman. He really appreciates and loves music."

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