The Voice UK 2012: Will.i.am admits "I never really liked talent shows"

'I never liked talent shows': Will.i.am makes bizarre confession on The Voice as he's accused of being rude for tweeting on air

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23:58 GMT, 29 April 2012

There are certain things that are expected of a judge on a major television talent show.

One imagines that actually liking the kind of entertainment being provided would be a high priority.

However The Voice judge Will.i.am raised eyebrows during tonight's elimination show when he admitted 'I never really liked talent shows' – as well as tweeting during the crucial eviction hour.

Confession: Judge Will.i.am made the unexpected revelation that he 'never really liked talent shows' during tonight's episode of The Voice

Confession: Judge Will.i.am made the unexpected revelation that he 'never really liked talent shows' during tonight's episode of The Voice

The Black Eyed Peas singer, who was forced to choose between his acts Joelle Moses and Sophie Griffin, made the bizarre confession before announcing who he would send home.

He qualified the remark by adding that The Voice was 'different', but didn't explain in any detail how.

Perhaps realising the gravity of what he said, he quickly got back on topic, turning his attention to the two acts whose fates were in his hands.

Trying to set himself apart Will.i.am also made a point of saying how spontaneous his decisions with regard to his acts are

Trying to set himself apart Will.i.am also made a point of saying how spontaneous his decisions with regard to his acts are

Will continued: 'This is like the hardest thing, right, because both of you guys are amazing talents.'

'Sophie,
you're special. You've learned so much in two months, in two months. It
took me freakin' 10 years to learn what you learned in two months. But
somebody has to go home.'

It would appear that Will.i.am is keen to come across as having a more 'organic' approach than the other judges.

He said at the beginning of the show
that he had no idea who he might potentially send home, as he preferred
to keep an open mind.

'I like to experience the performances as the audience does,' he said.

And despite the gravity of the life-changing decision for his contestants – and an audience of nearly ten
million – you’d expect Will to
be paying a little attention.

Still in the running: Will.i.am chose to save his act Joelle Moses to go through to the next round

Still in the running: Will.i.am chose to save his act Joelle Moses to go through to the next round

But, clearly, the lure of his BlackBerry was too great.

So while the BBC1 show’s other judges discussed contestant Jaz Ellington’s performance, Will busied himself on Twitter.

Viewers criticised him after he was filmed
several times on his mobile, with one user saying:
‘It looks like your bored.’

Another added: ‘Using your phone during Jaz came across as incredibly rude!’

But he tweeted: ‘If you saw me on my phone I wasn't being rude… I was connecting to people watching.

'tv, phone, laptop, & tablet.. its a new day…if I dont tweet during live tv Im not connecting to people watching in the new way #thevoiceuk.'

Show sources said bosses may now tell him to stop using his phone on air.

Tom Jones' first reject, 20-year-old Sam Buttery, defended
Will adding: ‘He should be able to use his phone. It’s an
interactive show and it should be about involving the public.’