Tom Jones: The Voice hopefuls better off losing
- Bang Showbiz
- 23 March 2013
This article is from 2013.
Sir Tom Jones has claimed contestants on 'The Voice' may be best off not winning the TV talent show if they want guidance in their careers and coming out on top might not lead to longevity
Sir Tom Jones says 'The Voice' contestants are better off not winning.
The music icon - who is a judge on the TV singing competition - believes the show's hopefuls stand a better chance of success as a runner-up.
The 'Delilah' hitmaker mentored Leanne Mitchell, who won the last series, but wasn't able to help her further because of her rushed debut single (a cover of Whitney Houston's 'Run To You') and the winning prize of a record deal with Universal.
Speaking at the launch party ahead of the second series - which starts next Saturday (30.03.13) - Tom, 72, said: "If you win The Voice, having got that person to win, you can't do much for them.
"It's out of your hands because they are signed to Universal Records. If you want to do something with them further it's better if they don't win.
"I think they rushed it with Leanne."
Meanwhile, fellow judge will.i.am, 38, didn't think Leanne was the best act and suggested she got lucky on the final night.
He added: "The best artiste does not always get the most votes.
"Sometimes you don't know if the winner just got the most votes that night. It doesn't mean the people who were voting were watching the whole show."