The Voice judge Tom Jones has taken a dig at Britain’s Got Talent as the ratings battle between the Saturday night light entertainment shows intensifies.
Speaking to NME, the Welsh crooner said he’d “rather judge singers than dancing dogs” ahead of the first of the live finals for the BBC 1 talent show this weekend.
I’m better qualified. I’ve been a singer. I’ve never been a dancing dog.
Jones added that he was pleased that The Voice was a “very honest show” and hoped that the contestants on the programme didn’t get shaken by performing live in front of millions this weekend.
The show, which also features Jessie J, will.i.am and The Script’s Danny O’Donoghue as judges, broke the record for the most requested shows on the BBC’s iPlayer service earlier this week. It sees aspiring singers attempt to impress the panel – who are initially only listening rather than watching their performance.
Although The Voice initially suffered in the ratings, it has now forced Simon Cowell to move his reality behemoth Britain’s Got Talent back by half an hour to avoid clashing with the end of the show.
Lana Del Rey is reportedly booked to sing on this Sunday’s edition of The Voice, with Emelie Sande set to follow on May 6.
Britain’s Got Talent, meanwhile, has made ‘stars’ of a succession of dancing dog acts in recent years, including Tina and Chandi and this series’ Ashleigh Butler and Pudsey.
Scroll down and click below to watch the video for Jones’ 2010 track ‘Did Trouble Me’.