'The Voice Kids' Coach Danny Jones Defends Children Competing On TV Shows

'These kids know a lot, their knowledge of music surprised me.'

02/06/2017 11:45 BST

‘The Voice Kids’ coach Danny Jones has responded to critics who claim that the show’s contestants are too young to appear on reality TV.

The McFly singer will be in one of the spinning chairs when the programme launches next week, and ahead of the debut, he’s argued that getting the chance to receive critiques at a young age can actually be a positive experience.

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Danny Jones 

Speaking on ‘BUILD’, he told HuffPost UK: “Obviously, [the contestants are] open to a lot of criticism but so is everybody. It’s a learning curve.

“If I had got famous, or been successful, at 20, it’s no different to doing it at 16 - I just would have learnt more at a younger age.

“These kids know a lot, their knowledge of music surprised me, the way they dealt with it, the professionalism, the work ethic, it’s all there. It’s really amazing, it shocked me.

“As long as they always have people around them who keep it positive.

“My mum always thought I was the best thing ever and I needed that, it was good at that age.” 

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Danny with Pixie and will.i.am 

Revealing a tip for dealing with success, he continued: “I just don’t read anything bad about myself, I only look at the good things and I think that’s the key because it does affect you, it affects everyone.”

Danny’s fellow coach Pixie Lott previously shared her take on the matter, also while being interviewed on ‘BUILD’

She said: “[Starting from a young age] just set me up so much better for now, because it makes you have a thicker skin.

“Now when [rejections] happen to me - which happens all the time - it’s just water off a duck’s back.

“I’m literally like, I’ve had this millions of time. Whereas if I was just experiencing it now, I think I would find it really, really tough.” 

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