Brian May blasts The Voice UK as ”the ultimate insult to music and performers”

The Queen guitarist apologises - before launching into a tirade against the BBC1 singing talent show

You know whenever somebody starts a sentence with “Sorry, hate to be negative but…” the rest of it is going to be something they’re probably not very sorry about.


Enter Queen guitarist Brian May, who began with those ill-fated words before continuing, “…The Voice is the dullest, dumbest, most depressing show on TV. It’s the ultimate insult to music and to performers.”

But 65-year-old Brian wasn’t finished there. Gosh no. His keyboard was only just warming up. Filling his own website with the animosity he feels towards the show and, seemingly, everything to do with it, what it represents and the people involved, Brian continued:

“Every time I catch a glimpse of young singers busting their guts trying to win somebody’s attention, who is rudely sitting with their back to them… I feel sick.”

The show’s spinning chair concept – the judges only turn around if they like an act – is supposed to eliminate any bias based on looks. It also gives the judges a chance to wind each other up as they try to convince one another to push their button for an act that, as it turns out, isn’t actually that good. But Brian isn’t happy with that.

Co-hosts Holly Willoughby and Reggie Yates just about missed the bullet, as did Danny O’Donoghue, Jessie J and, but Tom Jones got his own personal message from Brian. To Tom, Brian said, “I hate seeing the great Tom Jones shoehorned into this scenario.”

And finally, just to be clear, what are Brian’s thoughts on the future of The Voice UK? Simply that this “vile show dies a natural death very soon” and that – following the news of Dancing on Ice’s impending doom – another TV talent show bites the dust.


If you’ve not quite given up on the series (keep that quiet around Brian) you can catch the next episode of The Voice at 7:10pm Saturday 25 May on BBC1