John Legend turned down judging spot on The Voice UK

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John Legend has revealed he turned down a spot on The Voice UK judging panel.

The American singer-songwriter was approached by the BBC to join the series in its first year back in 2012 but said negotiations with bosses "didn't work out".

But now after working on similar US talent show Duets, the Ordinary People hitmaker would love to become a coach on the UK show.

"I did something like that ['The Voice'] in the States with 'Duets' and I was actually in discussion with 'The Voice' UK a few years ago but it didn't work out," he said. "I don't know all the details, but I'm open to it if the time is right. I think it would be fun."

Speaking to BANG Showbiz, John went on to say he loved hearing others perform his songs on shows like The Voice.

The Grammy award winning singer continued: "I love it [when people cover my songs], I think it's great.

"It's good for me as an artist, it makes people say, 'Oh, I wanna hear the original song', and as a songwriter it's an honour to know other singers love your songs."

But you won't catch him actually tuning to watch the programmes, adding: "I enjoy being a part of them and mentoring and performing, but I don't really enjoy watching them."