New judging panel for The Voice confirmed
The new judging panel for ITV’s The Voice has been announced ahead of the sixth season in 2017.
Veteran judge will.i.am, who was been with the British talent competition since series one, will return to the panel, as will Tom Jones, who was dropped from the 2016 series.
Jones, who has previously criticised the decision by the BBC to axe him, said: “I’m looking forward to returning to my big red chair on The Voice UK.
“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.”
Meanwhile newbies Jennifer Hudson and Gavin Rossdale will complete the line-up as The Voice airs on ITV for the first time next year.
Hudson is a Grammy Award-winning singer and Academy Award-winning actress, who is best known for her breakout film role in Dreamgirls and her appearance on American Idol, where she was a finalist. In the UK, her highest rated single was 2008’s “Spotlight”.
She said: “I couldn’t be more excited to join the amazing panel of coaches on The Voice UK!
“The UK 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 UK 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!”
Completing the set of heavily talented judges, Rossdale is the frontman of multi-platinum selling British rock band Bush and in 2013 was awarded the Ivor Novello Awards for International Achievement in Songwriting.
Rossdale said: “I am so thrilled to be joining The Voice UK. 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.”
Tom, Jennifer and Gavin will take over from 2016’s coaches Paloma Faith, Ricky Wilson and Boy George.