New shock as Danny quits Voice
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.