Kylie Minogue And Ricky Wilson’s First Show On The Voice – the still hot at 45-years old Kylie Minogue and the much less well-known Ricky Wilson from Kaiser Chiefs had their first experience of BBC talent show The Voice tonight.
Without doubt most eyes were on Kylie who has always held a special place in the heart of the UK, which has been pretty much her adopted home for the last 20 years. Going right back to her time as Charlene in Australian soap Neighbours she has had a strong fanbase. Through the years she has emerged as sexy Kylie after her time with INXS singer Michael Hutchence and this image was enhanced by her ‘Spinning Around” video which made her bottom famous in its own right after it was showcased in a pair of tiny gold shorts.
After a huge hit with 2001’s “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”, which sold over 5m copies and was a Number 1 hit in more than 40 different countries, she had successful tours, plenty more record sales and also did rather well on sales of calendars and other merchandise. The UK then went through her battle with breast cancer with her and as could be seen tonight she looks incredible for her age.
However with all these strands to her career she has never got involved with a talent show before, until now!
She clearly had a great time on the show and was infectiously enthusiastic throughout the opening programme. It is clear that the contestants all like her and she will no doubt pick up a lot of the over 25-year old males due to that “Kylie effect.”
The other new judge and mentor on The Voice is Ricky Wilson from UK indie band Kaiser Chiefs who sensibly is playing the “I’m the one nobody knows” card at the start of the show. In fact he actually said in one interview “Even my girlfriend said to me, “Who’d choose you?”
Despite all this he does look like a good signing for the BBC show and will have plenty of the talent on the show who know his work even if the majority of the tv audience (normally a much higher demographic than the talent on reality shows) are not as aware of his background.
In fact it is much the same situation as when Danny O’Donoghue started on The Voice and he had just the effect he wanted with the show giving a good amount of publicity for his band The Script. It was revealed a couple of months ago by Ricky that he actually auditioned for the first series of The Voice losing out to Danny O’Donoghue.
It may not be just exposure for his music that is driving Ricky though as he has already appeared on several tv shows such as Shooting Stars and Never Mind The Buzzcocks as well as having roles in the movies Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and St Trinians 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold. He clearly is looking for a more rounded career than music alone can provide.
Only time will tell if the new influx of judging talent can rescue The Voice. Apart from anything else the pressure is on to find a real star to win the show. So far the 2 winners (Leanne Mitchell and Andrea Begley) cannot be said to have had stellar careers and the show could do with some X Factor type press for its next winner and some solid music sales.
As well as having 2 new judges this series there was also a complete change with the show’s presenters with Emma Willis and Marvin Humes replacing Holly Willoughby and Reggie Yates. They both did ok on this first show but were perhaps both a little too quiet. Marvin was so quiet as to almost not notice he was there whereas Emma will have done little to shake off her tag of “Davina McCall light.”