The Voice UK: Will Young to join panel in 2013?

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Will Young is set to join The Voice UK in 2013, it has been claimed.

Sugarscape quote Metro Green Room as saying that the former Pop Idol star is 'about to be hired' as a judge on The Voice, after he was initially rejected last year.

Will previously revealed how he was fired as a coach from [cat]The Voice UK[/cat] before even stepping in front of a camera.

While it’s no secret that Will was involved in talks for the BBC One show, he explained earlier this year how he had actually got the job, but was given the axe days later.

“That was a shame. I got given it and then I didn’t again. They took it away,” Will said. “I’m not sure why but that’s the reality – it’s a cruel world.

“Life goes on – I’m still alive and still breathing”.

Will was eventually somewhat controversially replaced by The Script star Danny O’Donoghue, joining Will.i.am, Jessie J and Tom Jones on the panel.

But the 33-year-old insists there are no hard feelings, saying Danny is a “really nice guy”.

According to the Daily Mail, the BBC opted for Danny in a bid to draw in female viewers.

“The decision was not homophobic, but the panel needed a sexy “hunk” who would appeal to young female viewers,” a source told the newspaper.

They added: “It was decided that Will didn’t really fit into that category and that Danny, as a rock star, was an exciting new talent who most certainly did.’

A spokesperson for the show commented at the time: “[Will]’s just not right for us at this time on this show."

However the news that Will could be joining the panel means we could be losing one of the current coaches, despite bosses hoping to keep them all onboard.

BBC One boss Danny Cohen previously said that he hoped Jessie J, Sir Tom Jones, Will.i.am and Danny O’Donoghue would all return next year.

“We thought they made a very big impact for a first series and we want them all to come back,” he said last month. “We haven’t signed any contracts yet, so I can’t say anything official. But we said at the end of the first series that we wanted all of our coaches to come back.”

The Beeb chief also revealed plans for “dramatic changes” for series two, including less live shows and more audition rounds.

“Those live shows, the audience became over familiar with the grammar,” explained the channel controller. “It still works on Strictly and The X Factor, but audiences became over familiar with it.

“It’s not rocket science to say that the Blind Auditions were the best bit of the series.”

The Voice UK will return to BBC One in the new year.

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