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Axed judge Tom Jones takes a pop at The Voice and its ‘bulls***’ new direction

Published 07/10/2015 | 11:48

Tom Jones performs on the MTV stage during day one of the V Festival, at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 22, 2015. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire
Tom Jones performs on the MTV stage during day one of the V Festival, at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 22, 2015. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Former The Voice judge Sir Tom Jones has taken a pop at the BBC talent reality show and the new direction in which it is heading.

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The 75-year-old Welsh superstar did not have his contract renewed for the new season and saw his spot on the judging panel taken by Boy George.

Rita Ora, who defected to The X Factor, has been replaced by Paloma Faith.  Will.i.am and Ricky Wilson will return.

Speaking to Digital Spy, Jones, who releases his new album Long Lost Suitcase on Friday, revealed he's not a fan of the new direction of the show, calling it "bulls***".

"It's a reality show. As much as I enjoyed doing it and I was helping singers - which gave me a big kick - that was the reason I was on there," he said.

"All that other bulls*** they do on there is not my [thing]. They used that as an excuse. They said, 'We don't think you'll like the way the show is going anyway'."

Referring to the fact that the show will feature more contestants' back stories, he said, "I'm sure that when I watch it, I wouldn't want to be a part of it if they're going to go with more backstories and gimmicky things as opposed to the real talent, which are the contestants. That's all I was concerned about."

When DigitalSpy asked him about reports that Boy George made Paloma Faith cry during a fight over a contestant, Jones reportedly said, "I hadn't seen that. It's already started then."

Tom had taken a pop at the BBC over the way in which he was dismissed from the show.  However, he has now stated his issue is not with the BBC but rather with "the people running The Voice".

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