A new series of ‘The Voice’ kicks off this Saturday, with new judge Rita Ora recently claiming she chose the BBC series over ‘The X Factor’ because it’s more “respected” and allows its contestants to develop more as artists.
Louis - who found fame with his One Direction bandmates on ‘The X Factor’ back in 2010 - has accused ‘The Voice’ of “bad mouthing” ‘The X Factor’ to drum up publicity.
Is bad mouthing The X Factor the only way The Voice knows how to promo their show ? #everyyear— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) January 6, 2015
He went on to suggest that ‘The Voice’, now into its fourth series, couldn’t compete with Simon Cowell’s TV juggernaut, claiming it was “like Accrington Stanley trying to compete with Real Madrid” (which, we’re assuming, is some sort of football reference).
It's like Accrington Stanley trying to compete with Real Madrid ....— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) January 6, 2015
Over the past few series, several stars from yesteryear have tried to use ‘The Voice’ as an opportunity to breathe new life into their career, and this year’s is no exception, with none other than Bungle from ‘Rainbow’ (or, at least, the actor who played him) appearing in front of the judging panel.
He isn’t the only familiar face trying out, though, as Kym Marsh’s teenager daughter Emilie will also be seen in Saturday night’s episode, following in her former popstar mum’s footsteps.
Rita will be joined by returning judges Sir Tom Jones, Ricky Wilson and will.i.am. She is taking over from Kylie Minogue, who left ‘The Voice’ last year, at the end of the third series.