Sir Tom Jones to re­turn to The Voice with ITV

Malta Independent - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Sir Tom Jones is to re­turn as one of the judges on tal­ent show The Voice UK when it moves to ITV next year.

The Welsh pop leg­end ac­cused the BBC of “sub-stan­dard be­hav­iour” when it dropped him from the con­test last year.

But ITV has bought the rights to broad­cast the pro­gramme from 2017 and has now in­vited him back.

He will be joined in the big red chairs by long-serv­ing judge Will.i.am, Os­car-win­ning ac­tress and singer Jen­nifer Hud­son and rock star Gavin Ross­dale.

Sir Tom said: “I had some great times on the show and I can’t wait to again dis­cover and help some brand new tal­ent. And of course be back with my pal Will.i.am.”

The 76-year-old ap­peared as a judge on the first four se­ries but was not in­volved in the lat­est run.

Last year, he said he was dis­ap­pointed BBC ex­ec­u­tives told him “with no con­sul­ta­tion or con­ver­sa­tion of any kind” that he would not be re­turn­ing.

Sir Tom is known for hits in­clud­ing It’s Not Un­usual, Green Green Grass of Home, Delilah and Sex Bomb.

Jen­nifer Hud­son, who ap­peared on Amer­i­can Idol in 2004, won an Os­car for best sup­port­ing ac­tress for Dream­girls in 2007 and a Grammy Award in 2009.

She said: “I couldn’t be more ex­cited to join the amaz­ing panel of coaches on The Voice UK.”

Ross­dale is the front­man of rock band Bush, the former hus­band of singer Gwen Ste­fani and fa­ther of model and Strictly Come Danc­ing con­tes­tant Daisy Lowe.

He said he was “so thrilled to be join­ing The Voice UK” af­ter ap­pear­ing as a guest on the US ver­sion of the se­ries two years ago.

He added: “I have al­ways been ex­tremely proud to fly the flag for Bri­tish rock music and I can’t wait to join this in­cred­i­ble panel and help dis­cover some new tal­ent.”

ITV Net­work head of en­ter­tain­ment Siob­han Greene said she was “ab­so­lutely chuffed to bits with the line-up”.

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