Paloma Faith and Boy George join BBC’s ‘The Voice’ for new series

Musicians will replace Rita Ora and Sir Tom Jones on coaching panel for TV talent show

Paloma Faith and Boy George have joined the coaching panel ahead of the new series of The Voice.

The BBC series returns for a new series later this year with Faith and Culture Club singer Boy George replacing departed coaches Rita Ora and Sir Tom Jones. Ricky Wilson of Kaiser Chiefs and Will.i.am will return to the panel alongside the new additions.

Stevie McCrorie won the 2014 series of The Voice. Rita Ora left after just one year on the show and she will appear as a judge on the new series of The X Factor.

Earlier this year Ricky Wilson confirmed that his friend Dave Grohl approves of his job on the show. Wilson spoke about his friendship with Grohl and what it’s like touring with Foo Fighters in a radio interview, saying: “We had dinner the other night and I had to break the news to him that I’m on a television talent search contest,” Wilson said. “And I know that he’s not the biggest fan of those things, but he goes, ‘I don’t care if my friends are doing it!'”

Dave Grohl has previously hit out at TV talent shows such as American Idol and The X Factor, claiming that many contestants are judged far too harshly by people that are not musically talented. He told NME: “I think people should feel encouraged to be themselves. That’s what bums me out about those shows where people are judged so harshly by fucking musicians that hardly even play an instrument on their own fucking albums. It makes me really mad.”