Tom Jones struggling on The Voice

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 February 2012
Sir Tom Jones

Sir Tom Jones

Legendary singer Sir Tom Jones is reportedly struggling to get to grips with is new role as a coach on 'The Voice'

Sir Tom Jones is struggling to connect with the other coaches on 'The Voice'.

The 71-year-old star has reportedly had to work very hard to prepare for the programme because he is not as familiar with the current music industry as fellow panellists Jessie J, The Script's Danny O'Donoghue and Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am.

A source said: "Tom has really had to work to adjust to the format in all honesty. He is a legend as a singer but is not used to this sort of role.

"It's been difficult for him because the three others on the panel are contemporaries of each other and very familiar with current music."

However, show bosses are hopeful Tom will ease into his role on the show and think it is important to have an older star on board in order to appeal to a wide audience.

The source added to the Daily Mail newspaper: "We're confident he'll get more comfortable as the weeks go on, because otherwise the live shows could be very embarrassing.

"All the coaches on the US show are current chart stars so having someone from a different musical generation is a real experiment. But it was important for the BBC to make clear 'The Voice' is also for fans of 'Strictly Come Dancing', not just young people."

Tom Jones

Big show from the perma-tanned Welsh lothario. Expect all the hits from 'Green, Green Grass of Home' to 'What's New Pussycat'.

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