Ricky Martin Refuses To Be A Mean Judge On The Voice Australia

03 April 2013

Shake your bon bon!

Ricky Martin’s highly anticipated judging debut on The Voice will be broadcast for the first time on the series return this Sunday night.

The Latino sensation is sure to add some spice to the show… but maybe not in the way you might expect!

After being courted by Channel 9 executives in the final weeks of his acclaimed season of Evita on Broadway last year, Ricky has revealed he entertained the idea of joining The Voice, on one condition.

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He revealed to Switched On "First of all, I said, thank you very much for this offer, but if you're looking for the chatty, chatty, venomous approach you're not going to get that out of me because I'm not made out of that fabric."

"I don't know how to be that person. I'm an actor. I can become that person and follow a script but you don't want that. You want a show like this to be real, spontaneous and for me to be honest and let my feelings just go there. That you will get and so far it's been amazing. I'm so glad I made the decision."

Although the decision to replace Keith Urban was kind of forced on Channel 9 after the country star decided to take a job on American Idol, everyone’s pretty excited about the prospect of having Ricky (and his bon bon) on board.

Judging from the promos for the show, Ricky Martin has brought a new sparkle to The Voice, and has re-energised the format by being the breath of fresh air the second season of the show might have needed.

Of the other coaches, Ricky has revealed "Everyone had their own specific personality, their own different approach of coaching, of mentoring. And I loved the vulnerability not only of the artists but the coaches too."

"Seal, he's very secure but at that moment of coaching I felt that he was looking for his words and trying to protect his artists. He could still be strong and firm but you could feel so many textures from all these amazing musicians. That I liked, that vulnerability."

The Voice starts on Channel 9, Sunday at 6.30pm (in between Logies coverage). Are you excited to see Ricky fill the final swivel chair? 


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