Sir Cliff Richard: I'm in talks with The Voice
Jul 1 2012 by James Davies, The People
Sir Cliff Richard (pic: Getty)
Sir Cliff Richard revealed he has been in secret talks with the BBC to appear on The Voice.
The Peter Pan of pop says he is excited at the prospect of coaching wannabe singing stars. Sir Cliff, 71, said: “It’s still early days but there’s been a conversation and I’d be silly if I didn’t think about it.
“The Voice is a terrific show and the format really interests me, particularly the blind audition. It’s definitely something I would like to do.”
The show, won by holiday park singer Leanne Mitchell, 28, lost nearly seven million viewers over its run and BBC boss Danny Cohen said he plans to “tinker” with the second series.
This prompted coach Will.i.am, 37, to beg BBC chiefs not to axe him or fellow judges from the £22million show.
The Voice suffered another blow when its live tour, due to start in September, was cancelled due to poor ticket sales.
Pop legend Sir Cliff would be the natural replacement for Sir Tom Jones, 72, who has already hinted he may not return.
But Sir Cliff, who performed alongside show coaches Will, Jessie J, 24, and Sir Tom at the Diamond Jubilee concert, hopes to slot into the existing team.
Sir Cliff, the only singer to have had a UK No.1 single in six consecutive decades, said: “If a deal is done and I appear on the show, I hope I don’t replace any of the current judges as it would be great to work with Tom, Jessie, Will and Danny O’Donoghue.
“They all seem really nice, talented people with a vast range of experience in different areas. I think we’d work well and complement each other.
“I’m sure I would learn an awful lot from them, especially the younger guys. Tom and I have been around for a similar amount of time and have pretty much seen and heard the same things.”
In the past Sir Cliff, who has sold more than 250 million records in the last 52 years, has rejected the idea of judging a TV talent show. He has also expressed fears young wannabe stars face too much pressure to keep their weight down.