The Radio 1 DJ, who will host the BBC contest alongside Holly Willoughby, said that he expected singers on the show to receive better guidance from coaches.
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"I'm so excited. It's about time there was a cool, credible show like this," he told The Sun. "I love The X Factor - I follow it every week. But this is a different beast.
"The Voice is more to do with finding musical talent rather than pop stars. We want credible people and they'll be getting constructive criticism, not catchphrases."
Yates added that he was confident that The Voice could step out from The X Factor's shadow, as he was captivated by the US version of the format during a trip abroad.
"When I was in the States, I saw the show and I was gripped," he revealed. "There's nothing like this on British TV, so I'm really chuffed to be doing it."
Jessie J, will.i.am, Tom Jones and The Script singer Danny O'Donoghue have been confirmed to coach the The Voice UK when it debuts in early 2012.
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