Original Voice judges back for new series

Fans of TV talent shows breathed a collective sigh of, well, mild indifference probably at the news that the BBC had secured the same judging panel line-up for the second series of The Voice.

Jessie J, Tom Jones, will.i.am and the one everybody forgets, Danny O’Donoghue, will be back in the backwards-facing chairs when the series returns in the spring of 2013. Despite The Voice’s failure to live up to its initial hype and early ratings success, it seems that none of the judges has anything better to do with their time.

Tom Jones had previously said he was only willing to return if he had a say in who would be his fellow judges. Rumours that he had quit the show appeared in some papers, but it seems he has been promised that the new series will be different. "I’ve heard there will be some important changes that will make what is already a good, strong show even better," he said, without elaborating.

Jessie J had written in her autobiography that she wouldn’t be back on the judging panel. Confirming that you can’t believe anything you read in celeb books, she now appears to be eager to be back in the chair. "I’m so happy to be back as one of the original four for series two," she said. "It’s going to be bigger and better this time."

O’Donoghue, frontman of Irish also-ran band The Script, was obviously going to welcome the chance to remain in the public eye for a few more months. He also claimed that the next series will be much stronger. "The level of singers auditioning has gone through the roof," he said.

The winner of the first series of the Voice, Leanne Mitchell, after coaching from Tom Jones, went on to achieve global superstar status. Oh, no, wait, she didn’t did she?

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