New shock as Danny quits Voice

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DANNY O’Donoghue will not be re­turn­ing to The Voice next year, leav­ing Beeb bosses in a panic.

The Ir­ish heart­throb, who won the BBC1 show this year with par­tially-sighted singer An­drea Be­g­ley, is fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of fel­low judge Jessie J, who re­cently an­nounced she was leav­ing.

Danny, 32, said that he will not be back as coach next year due to record­ing com­mit­ments with his band The Script.

The an­nounce­ment leaves half of the fourstrong panel of coaches – which also fea­tured Sir Tom Jones and Will.i.am – no longer at­tached to the tal­ent show.

Danny said: “I had two won­der­ful sea­sons on The Voice and I couldn’t be more proud of what we achieved.

“My fo­cus will be on The Script mov­ing for­ward as we are about to em­bark on the most im­por­tant part of our ca­reer as a band.”

Fans of the show will be wait­ing to see whether Sir Tom, 72, and Will.i.am, 38, stay on, af­ter the coaches pre­vi­ously took an “all or noth­ing” ap­proach to sign­ing up for the sec­ond se­ries.

The BBC said that the full coaches’ line up for the third se­ries will be an­nounced in due course.

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