It’s the coach confrontation no-one saw coming on this season of The Voice.
As Boy George and Seal’s disdain for each other becomes clearer onscreen, New Idea can exclusively reveal that things were even worse when the cameras stopped rolling.
In a moment that won’t be shown on TV, the former Culture Club front man’s frustration explodes after a spat over a contestant, and he storms off stage threatening to quit.
‘I’ve gotta go,’ George says angrily, exiting his big red chair as soon as he is off-camera.
Walking from the stage in a huff, a studio audience member witnessed the 55-year-old have an angry conversation with manager and close friend Paul ‘PK’ Kemsley.
‘George covered his microphone so producers couldn’t hear what he was saying about Seal,’ the source says.
‘It was so awkward, everyone was pretending like it was a break in filming, but you could see the producers having crisis talks on the side of the stage.
‘We really thought Boy George wasn’t going to come back.’
Finally returning to the stage for the next blind audition, the sassy star refused to even look in Seal’s direction.
However, when questioned by New Idea about his feud with George, the Kiss From A Rose singer dismisses the idea of tension.
‘Really? I don’t know. I wasn’t aware there was any tension,’ Seal stammers defensively, before one of his assistants chimes in to quell the awkwardness, saying: ‘Everyone is just really competitive.’
Even fellow newcomer Kelly Rowland admits to the strange vibe coming from Seal.
‘Me and George look at each other like: “Here we go,”’ she said on the show.
The audience member claims that after their fight, George and Seal totally ignored each other, except to shoot down ideas.
If any of the other coaches got up and went to talk to Boy George, Seal would just sit in his chair and sulk,’ the insider reveals.
‘The only time they ever spoke was to fight over a contestant.’
For the full story, see this week’s New Idea – Out now.
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