The Voice switching from the BBC to ITV sounded Against All Odds. But now that’s become a reality, I can reveal their next plan – to get Phil Collins as a judge.
I’m told executives are prepared to offer the 65-year-old rocker whatever it takes to get their man. And they will give him as much time as he wants to make his mind up. Well, You Can’t Hurry Love.
While the likes of Kylie and Jess Glynne have turned down offers and Ricky Wilson and Paloma Faith ruled out switching sides, ITV bosses think Phil will agree.
The Genesis man, who lives in Miami and had back surgery last year, is being viewed as an ideal choice to make the talent search as popular as the US version of the show. Emma Willis will continue to host the UK version and a source said: "Now the ink has dried on Emma’s contract, the important decision of who the coaches are going to be on The Voice are being discussed in earnest now.
"ITV have got deeper pockets than the BBC and are sure they can get a credible panel together.
"They’re looking at how popular The Voice is in the States and how a mix of rock, pop, country, veteran and current artist coaches have been a hit with viewers. They plan to make a considerable offer to Phil.
"They’re well aware of his health issues so there will be extra budget set aside to make sure he is comfortable if he is prepared to relocate temporarily to London for the job.
"He’ll have a dressing room to rival Simon Cowell’s, if that’s what he wants."
If ITV can pull this off it’s been Another Day In Paradise for them after luring back oldies Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger to The X Factor. Let the red chairs spin.
© The Mirror, by Kim Carr