The Voice: @MaryJBlige in talks for judge role

November 3, 2011
Mary J Blige is in talks to star in new BBC singing show The Voice.

The 40-year-old could join Jessie J and other possible judges including Tom Jones when the series hits the screens early next year.

R&B star Mary said: “I have been approached and we have been in discussions. I’m not sure if I’m doing it right now.”

The BBC is hoping to get stars for the show with long careers in the business. Mary has had eight multi-platinum albums and nine Grammy awards – meaning she fits the bill perfectly.

A source said: “As always, negotiations will take a lot of time. But Mary is certainly being more realistic when it comes to her contract compared to Kylie Minogue.

“Kylie priced herself out of the programme, but there could be a deal with Mary.”

The BBC has been criticised in the past for paying large salaries to its stars and recently unveiled plans to axe 2,000 jobs as it tries to make savings of 20%, worth £670 million a year by 2016/17.

In the show, contestants will win through purely on the strength of their voices rather than how they look, with "blind" auditions.

Other names in the frame include Lenny Kravitz, Ricky Wilson from Kaiser Chiefs and Bryan Adams.

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