Tom Jones to Return to 'The Voice UK' When It Moves to ITV
Jennifer Hudson and Bush's Gavin Rossdale will join Jones and will.i.am in the first season since the TV giant snatched the show away from the BBC.
Welsh music legend Tom Jones will return to The Voice UK as a coach when the singing competition debuts on ITV. The TV giant snatched the show away from the BBC last year.
ITV also unveiled that will.i.am will remain a coach on the show. The two will be joined by Jennifer Hudson, who got her break on the third season of American Idol, and Bush's frontman, Gavin Rossdale.
"I couldn’t be more excited to join the amazing panel of coaches on The Voice UK," said Hudson. "The U.K. has always been so supportive of me since the beginning of my career, so I’m really looking forward to sharing my point of view with the contestants and especially Team JHud. Discovering new artists has always been important to me, and the U.K. has no shortage of talent, so I can only imagine what this experience will be like for everyone involved. I can’t wait to get going and start developing each individual’s own sound!"
"I’m looking forward to returning to my big red chair on The Voice UK," said Jones. "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."
Jones last year criticized BBC executives after they did not bring him back as a coach for the fifth season of the singing competition. In Facebook and Twitter posts, he said he was told about the decision only a day before the U.K. public broadcaster announced Boy George and Paloma Faith as new coaches for the new season that aired in 2016.
The Voice UK will be hosted by Emma Willis and will air on ITV early next year.