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Wednesday 30 July 2014

Tom Jones admits BBC producers fed ‘The Voice’ coaches lines during first series

Brian O'Reilly

Published 26/03/2013|08:28

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THEY pride their show on being ‘different’ and ‘real’ – however Tom Jones has admitted that producers of the BBC version of ‘The Voice’ fed the coaches lines during the first series.

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The legendary 72-year-old singer told The Radio Times: “Last year we were given suggested lines just in case we got stuck, which I tried to work in on a few occasions.

“But even when I tried to say them naturally I knew that they weren't me and felt self-conscious. I have learnt now that I don't have to do that, I can just say what I feel.”

Meanwhile Jesse J, who reportedly earns around €475,000 for her role in the series, has defended the show from criticism it received in its first series.

“I definitely wouldn't be sitting in the chair if it was that bad and it wasn't credible and it wasn't a music show that celebrates singing, not ridicules people.

“Everyone wants to compare but the fact is The Voice is like nothing else. It isn't. There's nothing else like it, there's no bullying, there's no pointing and laughing, there's no editing to make it look like the person was horrific.”

The BBC version of the show returns this Saturday.

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