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'The Voice' UK: will.i.am 'Kicks Off' Over 'Joke' Acts, Ahead Of New Series

04/01/2016 12:24 GMT | Updated 04/01/2016 12:59 GMT

We’re just days away from the launch of the new series of ‘The Voice’, but it seems will.i.am is less than pleased with the way things are going.

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New reports have suggested that the former Black Eyed Peas rapper has kicked off behind the scenes, as he’s not happy with some of the acts who’ve been put through so far.

While ‘The Voice’ has always taken pride in the fact it puts more serious acts in the spotlight, rather than rival shows ‘X Factor’ and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, Will has reportedly taken umbrage with a number of this series’ contestants, who he has branded “jokes”.

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An insider told The Sun: “Will was clearly unimpressed with some of the acts who he felt weren’t serious. By the end of the session, he was really annoyed.

“He kept saying to people in his entourage, ‘I don’t want this show to be a joke but these acts are only here for a joke’. He takes the show very seriously, which is just one of the reasons he is such a good coach and mentor for the contestants.”

Will is currently the only judge on ‘The Voice’ who has been there since the show’s UK launch in 2012, following the controversial departure of Sir Tom Jones last year.

The upcoming series of ‘The Voice’ will be its last on the BBC, with next year’s series making the move to ITV.

Coach Ricky Wilson has already announced that he won’t be moving with the show, while host Emma Willis recently cast doubt on whether she and co-presenter Marvin Humes would be back in 2017.

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