Olly Murs says he’s ‘most competitive’ of Voice panel but ‘isn’t sure he’ll win’

Pop sensation Olly Murs has admitted that he's the most competitive The Voice UK coach ahead of Saturday night's semi-final.

The ITV singing competition was halted for months due to the coronavirus pandemic but the show must go on and the remaining nine acts will perform this weekend.

Coaches Olly, Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am and Meghan Trainor will each pick one contestant from their team to take through to the grand final on November 14.

The show’s winner, who will be decided by a virtual audience, will scoop a prize of a recording contract with Universal’s label UMOD but unfortunately they will unable to get any hugs from their coaches.

Speaking to Daily Star Online and other press, Olly, 36, said: "I'm a hugger, I love when I greet the contestants, especially if someone wins the final.

"If one of us wins the final next week, we're not even going to be able to celebrate with our contestant, it's all going to be from a distance.

"It's going to be strange but the show's back, we're on TV, and we managed to make this work."

Olly is currently the reigning champion of The Voice UK after his contestant Molly Hocking was crowned the winner of the 2019 series 18 months ago.

Despite mentoring Molly to victor last year, Olly says he doesn't feel the pressure to win again.

The singer explained: "I'm probably the most competitive in the panel but it's not about me.

"It's about the contestants and I want them to have a great time.

"After the year we've had they're all winners in my eyes.

"I was delighted to win last year with Molly but I feel there is such great talent this year and it can go any way."

While Olly, Tom and will.iam will be back in their famous red chairs on Saturday, Meghan will appear virtually from her home in the US, after her pregnancy announcement meant she was unable to travel back to the UK.

Former X Factor runner-up Olly said: "I'm excited to see how it's gonna work because we're obviously so happy for Meghan that she's expecting a baby, I only got to know her for a short time but she's an amazing woman, fantastic.

"On the flip-side, we just wish she was here so she could see her but due to the circumstances we can't.

"I'm really excited to see how it's gonna look on TV, whether to interact with her or not how it's gonna work.

"Technology is the way forward! Us coaches might not be here in 2030, we might all be holograms sat in our armchairs, we don't know," he joked.

The Voice UK 2020 semi-final airs on Saturday at 8:45pm on ITV

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