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Ricky Martin heading here forThe Voice

Out gay Puerto Rican pop singer Ricky Martin has been confirmed as the surprise new coach on the next season of Nine’s hit talent show The Voice.

He tweeted his excitement last night to his 7.5 million followers:

He’ll replace departing coach/judge Keith Urban in our local version of the contest, where he’s expected to join returning panel members Joel Madden, Seal and Sydney Mardi Gras 2013 party guest Delta Goodrem.

Nine’s director of television Michael Healy says Martin “brings huge experience to our panel of coaches, which he’ll pass on to our Australian Voice artists in 2013. Most of all, we think he’s the perfect addition.”

Most recently, Martin has been playing Ché in the Broadway revival of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Evita. He’s leave the cast to join us down under in February.

Martin has a long-term male partner, and the couple raise twin sons born to a surrogate. He came out as gay in 2010, writing on his official website: “I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.”

We’re now wondering whether Ricky could be persuaded to join us at Mardi Gras in early March? We’d love to see him on stage there!

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ernesto_1 said on the 29th Nov, 2012

can we please find out where he lives?


crazzymikey said on the 30th Nov, 2012

does this mean he is performing at mardi gras?


ernesto_1 said on the 30th Nov, 2012

he should perform in my room


aldwynbrian said on the 30th Nov, 2012

Hope he brings his partner and the kids. He can be assured of a safe and fun time here.


ernesto_1 said on the 30th Nov, 2012

if he is alone... he will be so effing popular


NATEE said on the 30th Nov, 2012

Gentlemen calm down lol, for the record he has a long term partner :)


crazzymikey said on the 30th Nov, 2012

for the record I am not interested however I wont lie I was once when he first started here years back