Thursday 14 December 2017

Kylie could be spinning around again on The Voice judging panel

Kylie was part of The Voice's panel in series three
Kylie was part of The Voice's panel in series three

Kylie Minogue could soon be spinning around again as bookies have slashed her odds of returning to The Voice.

Veteran judge also has strong odds for a return, alongside Sir Tom Jones - who was dumped from the judging panel for last year's series.

The programme's move from the BBC to ITV could bring a shake-up for the judging panel, and judges Ricky Wilson, Paloma Faith and Boy George are by no means certain to return for another series.

An ITV spokesman said: "The coaches for The Voice 2017 on ITV have yet to be confirmed, more details will be confirmed in due course."

Australian pop star Minogue, who appeared as a judge on the third series of The Voice UK in 2014, was 3-1 last month to join the judging panel - but she is now odds-on at 1-2.

Sir Tom, who is now at 1-3, made clear that he was unhappy after being dropped by the BBC in 2015.

Bookmaker Coral's spokesman John Hill said: "Kylie and Tom Jones are both odds-on to return to The Voice in what is likely to be a new-look show given the channel change next year."

In August, Sir Tom said he was only told that he would not be returning to the reality singing contest as a coach just 24 hours before the new line-up was announced.

In a post on his Facebook page, he wrote: "In good faith, as part of the team, I'd put the time in my schedule to be involved in series 5, as I've done so for the last 4 years.

"I've supported the show and the BBC since the beginning. I was told yesterday, with no consultation or conversation of any kind, that I would not be returning."

He accused the programme-makers of "sub-standard behaviour".

Black Eyed Peas singer, who has been a constant on the judging panel since 2011, is evens for a return.

Another new face could be American singer and actress Jennifer Hudson, who is at 2-1.

Kaiser Chiefs frontman Wilson has already hinted that he could leave the show after three series.

Faith and Boy George were newcomers to the show in 2015, replacing Sir Tom and Rita Ora - who left to join The X Factor.

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