Sir Tom reveals why why why The Voice is better on ITV
TOM JONES has taken a pop at his former BBC bosses — claiming The Voice has a real chance of finding a bona fide pop star now it’s moved to rival channel ITV.
In an exclusive chat, the Welsh legend told us he is confident the series can finally produce a chart-topping singer.
Past winners of the show have failed to score hit records but Sir Tom says ITV can buck that trend.
The 76-year-old, who was unceremoniously axed from the Beeb’s Voice line-up in 2015, explained: ‘Things have changed because the record company people now are more hands-on. On the BBC, they were limited because [the label] couldn’t come into the studio a lot of the time. We have a better chance.’ However, the Delilah singer admits cracking the industry is a tall order.
‘When you land a contract, you’re getting your foot in the door. You still have to get a hit record, and there is no guarantee of that ever — it’s not easy, it never has been and it never will be.’
As we move into the business end of the competition, Sir Tom played down any rivalry with fellow coaches will.i.am, Jennifer Hudson and Gavin Rossdale.
‘We’re friends so, no, we’re not competing with each other,’ he said, adding cheekily: ‘But I feel I’ve got the strongest team, so hey…’
The Voice continues tomorrow at 8.30pm and Sunday at 7.45pm on ITV.
Author: Tom Stichbury