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'The Voice' UK coaches feud: will.i.am and Jessie J clash on tactics

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Jessie J and will.i.am clash in the opening episode of The Voice UK's second series as the duo's tactics to win contestants result in a war of words.

In this weekend's series opener, the two popstars duke it out to acquire the best singers in the competition and accuse each other of playing dirty to win the show.

'The Voice UK' coach Will.i.am

© BBC / Wall to Wall/David Venni

'The Voice' UK coach will.i.am

'The Voice UK' coach Jessie J

© BBC / Wall to Wall/David Venni

'The Voice UK' coach Jessie J



will.i.am ends up teaming with Danny O'Donoghue through much of the episode, and when Jessie and O'Donoghue are fighting to win acts, the Black Eyed Peas star intervenes to persuade singers that they should go for the Script frontman rather than Jessie.

When Jessie confronts will about his tactics, tensions are raised between the pair and it's left to Sir Tom Jones to act as peacemaker. "This is getting heavy," notes the Welsh pop icon.

"I'm not just a great singer," complains Jessie during one debate with will and O'Donoghue. "[That singer] was clearly down my road." She also accuses will of "talking weird stuff" to hypnotise the auditionees.

Watch our interview with Jessie J about The Voice series two:


will hits back that he won't have his opinions "handcuffed" or "zipped". He also accuses Jessie of "judging my thinkingness" when she points out to one act that she turned around before will.

Jessie also clashes with O'Donoghue over one male singer after he offers to take the contestant for some "beers in the studio with a few lads".

"We won't drink alcohol, it's bad for your voice," Jessie responds, before mocking O'Donoghue's fashion sense.

"Do you ever wear denim on denim?" she asks the contestant. "Danny does. It freaks me out!"

The Voice series two premieres on Saturday, March 30 at 7pm on BBC One.

Watch our interview with will.i.am about The Voice series two:


[The Voice series two episode one - photos]

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