He predicts a riot! Leeds singer Ricky Wilson ready for new TV rivals

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The Voice’s Ricky Wilson says the competition between the show’s mentors is “flamboyant, not bitchy!”.

The show’s revamped panel consists of Wilson, will.i.am and newcomers Paloma Faith and Boy George.

Wilson, singer with Leeds indie rockers Kaiser Chiefs, told the Radio Times they are all “getting into the spirit of the game, which is brilliant!”.

He went on to say: “To put four competitive people next to each other and dangle some of the best singers you’ve ever heard in your life in front of them, you can’t expect us not to fight.

“But it’s not really bitchy. It’s flamboyant!”

This year’s X Factor newbie, Rita Ora, left the BBC show to join Simon Cowell’s programme, and she is not letting Wilson forget it.

“She’s having a great time. She texted me a picture the other day of her on Simon Cowell’s jet and I was in Salford recording The Voice,” he said. “It’s very different! I’m really pleased for her.”

The next series of The Voice will be its last on the BBC, after the corporation revealed it would not get into a bidding war with rival broadcasters to keep the show.

ITV has refused to comment on speculation that it has bought the broadcast rights and there is still no deal in place at this stage.

Wilson is also fronting Sky1’s Bring The Noise alongside Nicole Scherzinger and Tinie Tempah.

But don’t expect to see him eating witchetty grubs in the I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! jungle any time soon.

Asked if he’d go on the show, he said: “I’m too busy. I wouldn’t want to eat any of that stuff... but then I suppose you’d get so hungry.”

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The park is named after Harold Gathorn Hardy who died in 1881 at the age of 32. Harold helped establish the family run Low Moor Ironworks.In 1899 a recreation ground was added to the park, while in the early 20th century Low Moor Gala was held raising money for local hospitals. In 1931 Horsfall playing fields were added to the park, in 2014 these became a Queen Elizabeth II Playing fields and also contains Horsfall Stadium.

Harold Park is a small urban park in Low Moor, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. The park is open all day all year round. To the immediate north of Harold Park is Horsfall Stadium home to Bradford Park Avenue A.F.C. and Albion Sports A.F.C. Park Dam is a short walking distance to the south.

The park has been given a Green Flag Award and the Platinum award from The Royal Horticultural Society Yorkshire in Bloom for open spaces.

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