The Voice UK cannot seem to catch a break. After only two seasons, Jessie J has resigned her post as celebrity judge on the talent competition show.
She tweeted it, so we know this is not hoax. The singer believes that promoting her newest album must “take priority.”
“I’ve absolutely loved my time on The Voice and I hope everyone saw and knows how passionately I felt about the show. However, I can’t wait to promote my new record around the world and that has to take priority,” she tweeted on Friday.
“I shall be keeping a very close eye on series three, showing my support in every way I can, and really hope that in some way that I can be part of the show.”
The second season of UK’s version of The Voice failed to match the first season’s ratings. However, the final month of the sophomore season saw a sudden spike in ratings as handicapable contestant Andrea Begley took her competitors – and the nation – by surprise by taking home the win.
Will.i.am wasn’t convinced that the best contestant won, however: “’Andrea is amazing… #dontGETmeWRONG…but we know who has the incredible #voice.” Ouch. Not holding back, are we Will?
Leah McFall, who was a member of team Will.i.am, was by far the favorite to win as far as the bookies were concerned. But, in the end, not even her four top 30 iTunes hits were enough to get the public support needed to bag the win.
Tom Jones, Danny O’Donoghue, and Will have yet to comment on whether they will be sticking around or not. However, the panel has previously stated that they view this gig as an “all or nothing” type of thing and only intended to continue their judging duties if they all remain together.Bottom of Form
The first two seasons saw Tom Jones and Danny O’Donoghue’s protégés winning the competition, while Jessie’s Vince Kidd (season one) and Matt Henry failed to make the cut.
The fact that people are wondering if the show is actually living up to its promises is another unwelcome bit of press. Season one’s winner, Leanne Mitchell (Team Danny), sold less than 1,000 copies of her freshman album.
After the news of Jessie’s departure hit, BBC tweeted confirmation and later stated that they hope she will return to season three, if not as a judge, as a performer:
The singer had previously postponed a tour due to her many commitments to The Voice several months back and she was unable to complete her second album until the show reached its end.
Controller of Entertainment Commissioning, Mark Linsey, stated: “We’re so sorry to see Jessie go as she’s been an exceptional coach on – and advocate for – The Voice, but we totally support her decisions to leave due to touring commitments overseas.
“We very much hope that Jessie will remain part of the show and come back and perform for us next series. In the meantime, we will now start the search for a new coach.”
Paddy Power, an online betting website, has released a suggest list (including odds) of who may have the best chance of filling Jessie’s swivel chair (hint: Cheryl Cole is in the lead):
WHO COULD BE ON THE 2014 PANEL?
4/11 Tom Jones, Danny O’Donoghue
5/2 Cheryl Cole
5/1 Nicole Scherzinger
8/1 Jamelia, Robbie Williams
10/1 Kylie Minogue, Alexandra Burke
12/1 Adele, Kian Egan, Olly Murs
16/1 Emeli Sande
20/1 Ana Matronic, Leona Lewis
20/1 Nicola Roberts, Professor Green
20/1 Noel Gallagher, Nicki Minaj
25/1 Annie Lennox
25/1 Dannii Minogue
25/1 Russell Watson, Plan B
25/1 Madonna, LeAnn Rimes
33/1 Ed Sheeran, Paloma Faith
33/1 Louis Walsh
40/1 Rod Stewart, Joss Stone
40/1 Geroge Michael, Cliff Richard
40/1 Labrinth, Samantha Mumba
66/1 Sharon Osbourne
80/1 Shane MacGowan, Grace Jones