The Voice: Rita Ora to replace Kylie Minogue is “all speculation”

The Voice: Rita Ora to replace Kylie Minogue is “all speculation”

By Emma Daly

Friday 22 August 2014 at 03:06PM

Kylie Minogue’s chair on BBC reality singing contest The Voice is currently spinning around without a coach inside it as we wait to find out the final line-up of coaches on this year’s series.

Minogue, who was a popular new face on the show last year, made the decision to leave after one year to focus on her own solo career and tour.

Rumours suggest solo artist Rita Ora is being lined up for the gig, but show insiders tell RadioTimes.com that this is “all speculation”.

“Kylie didn’t sign until the last minute,” the source adds, suggesting things can swap and change right up until filming starts.

But those decisions can’t wait too much longer as filming, as usual, kicks off in September.

Currently the female coach is the only one being discussed for a change, which suggests Tom Jones and will.i.am will return and perhaps even Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson.

When asked earlier this year by Graham Norton about his future with the show Wilson said he hadn’t been asked and wasn’t sure who had. He also admitted taking part in the show had been a risk for the band.

“I was gambling with a load of people’s careers because we could’ve carried on playing the hits at those festivals that are a little bit like village fetes and I didn’t want to do that,” he tells Q magazine, adding, “I was rocking the boat a little bit, but I think the boat needed rocking."

But he also told the Metro, “The rules have changed. The younger generation don’t think about it at all. If I get friends who are in an indie band and they get an advert, I’m congratulating them. Ten years ago you were calling them a sell-out.”

If Wilson does return it will be his second stint as a coach, with will.i.am and Tom Jones clocking up their fourth series apiece.

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