Annie Lennox has reportedly turned down an offer to join The Voice.
The first series of the talent show aired on BBC1 earlier this year (2012) and featured Tom Jones, will.i.am, Jessie J and The Script’s Danny O’Donoghue as four “coaches”. The show’s audience peaked at an impressive 12.1 million viewers in week four, but had plunged to just 5.1 million viewers by week 10. A planned arena tour featuring contestants from the series has since been cancelled.
The show’s second series will air on BBC1 early next year (2013), but its coaches have yet to be confirmed. According to The Sun, the show’s producers are keen to recruit Lennox following her popular performances at the Diamond Jubilee Concert in June (2012) and the Olympic Games Closing Ceremony on Sunday (August 12).
However, a contradictory report in The Mirror claims that the Eurythmics singer has already declined. A source is said to have told the tabloid: “Annie has been vocal in the past about her distaste for talent shows so it would have been somewhat hypocritical to take part.”
According to The Mirror, Lulu is now said to be in contention for a place on the panel. Last month (July), Tom Jones admitted that he wants to return to The Voice, but only if he can have veto over the show’s other coaches.
Lennox released her last album, festive collection ‘A Christmas Cornucopia’, in 2010. She has sold more than 80 million records and won eight Brit Awards during a 30-year career that includes eight albums with Eurythmics and five solo LPs.