September 11, 2013 14:44
Kylie Minogue confirms she will join 'The Voice UK'
BBC talent show also confirms Sir Tom Jones and Will.i.am will return for third series
Minogue joins following the departure of both Jessie J and Danny O'Donoghue of The Script from the coaching panel. The BBC today confirmed that Will.i.am and Sir Tom Jones will both return alongside Minogue for the show's third series.
Issuing a statement following the announcement, Minogue said: "I'm very excited to become a coach on The Voice UK. I love the concept of the show and have been an avid viewer of both series."
She added: "The search for new talent is such an important aspect of the music industry and The Voice UK gives us all a part to play in that. Will I be competitive? Probably more than even I imagine! Watch this space!"
Jessie J announced her departure from The Voice UK following the final of the second series in July. O'Donoghue followed shortly afterwards.
Declaring his decision on Twitter, O'Donoghue wrote: "I had two wonderful seasons on The Voice and as everybody knows I gave it my heart and soul and couldn't be more proud of the show and what we have achieved. My focus will be on The Script moving forward as we are about to embark on the most important part of our career as a band."
The Voice 2013 was won by 27-year-old Andrea Begley, who emerged victorious over Mike Ward, Leah McFall and Matt Henry in the June 22 final, earning a "lucrative" recording contract as her prize.
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