Martin, who was reportedly offered a spot on The Voice UK’s coaching panel last year but declined, is close to signing for the gig and would return to Australia next year for live tapings.
“The schedules check out and (Martin) ticks all (Shine’s) boxes,” a music insider said. “He has a huge international profile and the publicity would do no harm to Coldplay’s album sales in Australia.
“Plus, he is married to Gwyneth Paltrow.”
True enough, although we never saw much from Nicoles Kidman and Ritchie on the show this year.
Martin’s presence would up the international contingent on the show, but sources have previously told TV Tonight that there is no pre-requisite that an Australian ultimately replaces Urban.
Nine told the newspaper an announcement regarding Urban’s replacement would be made “soon.”
A Shine spokeswoman said: “Nothing to say on that.”