Sir Tom Jones: ‘Welshness is realism, no bullshit’

Former judge of 'The Voice' also speaks of his love for James Bay and Bruno Mars

Sir Tom Jones has said that he will always feel Welsh, regardless of how much time he spends living away from the country of his birth.

Jones – who was recently axed as a judge on BBC’s The Voice – will release his new covers album ‘Long Lost Suitcase’ on October 9. The Welsh singer covers the likes of The Rolling Stones. Hank Williams and more.

Speaking to The Guardian, Jones said that he still feels Welsh despite having lived in Los Angeles for a large portion of his life. “Welshness is realism, no bullshit,” he said. “A Welsh person will remind you of who you are.”


Jones also spoke of his admiration for singer James Bay, saying that he “sings and plays like he means it”.

He added: “I like Bruno Mars, and Tori Kelly – the best female around today, of the new female singers she’s the best. Truly great. She did try The X Factor and Cowell said no, he hated her voice. There’s proof right there – if he hates it, it’s great. She plays great guitar, she’s a great looking chick and she sings like an angel. She can sing like Jessie J, all the vocal tricks. And she writes, too.”

The veteran performer also revealed that he was thinking about Elvis Presley the day that he died.


Tom Jones recently spoke about his reaction to being axed from The Voice this summer.

In August, the BBC announced that Boy George and Paloma Faith would be joining the talent show’s panel for its fifth series next year, sitting alongside returning “coaches” Ricky Wilson and Jones, who had been with the show since it launched in 2012, was not asked back for next year’s series.

In a new interview with the Sunday Times, Jones recalls being told by his son, Mark, that his contract for The Voice wasn’t being renewed. “I said, ‘I don’t give a fuck.’ I enjoyed it, but if they don’t want me any more, they can go fuck themselves,” Jones admitted.


The singer also criticises the corporation in his forthcoming memoir, Over The Top And Back: The Autobiography, which is published this Thursday, writing: “What a cold place the BBC is. Sometimes you wonder whether it’s run by humans or a machine in a basement.”

Shortly after the BBC announced next year’s new coaching line-up, Jones wrote a Facebook post expressing his disappointment with the way in which he was axed from the The Voice. “I was told yesterday, with no consultation or conversation of any kind, that I would not be returning,” he wrote. “This sub-standard behaviour from the executives is very disappointing.”

The BBC’s Director Of Television, Danny Cohen, has since said he is “truly sorry” that Sir Tom Jones feels disappointed with the way he has been treated by executives working on The Voice.