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Gay star Ricky Martin joins The Voice

'Livin La Vida Loca' star will replace Keith Urban on the Australian singing competition show's second season
Gay Latino star Ricky Martin will be joining the coaching panel on Australian reality show The Voice.

Gay Latino star Ricky Martin will be joining the coaching panel of The Voice for the Australian show’s second season.

The ‘Livin La Vida Loca’ singer’s new role after the superstar hinted at the role on Twitter yesterday (29 November).

‘Sending some mad love to everyone in #Australia! Can't wait to go back! Peace!’ he said.

He will replace country singer Keith Urban, who left the role in September to become a judge on American Idol.

Martin will join current coaches British soul singer Seal, Australian singer-songwriter Delta Goodrum, and American singer-producer Joel Madden.

Michael Healy, Nine’s director of television, described Marin as one of the ‘world’s biggest stars’.

He said: ‘He brings huge experience to our panel of coaches which he’ll pass on to our Australian Voice artists in 2013.’

Born in Puerto Rico, the 40-year-old singer has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide.

In 2010, Martin publicly acknowledged his homosexuality saying: ‘I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.’

While the debut date for the second season has yet to be announced, it is expected it will begin in spring 2013.

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