Tom Jones: The Voice lines were scripted
Sir Tom Jones has revealed producers for The Voice told the judges what to say last year in case they got stuck live on air
This article is from 2013.
Sir Tom Jones has admitted some of the lines on 'The Voice' were scripted.
The Welsh icon has vowed not to rely on the suggested phrases producers previously fed him and fellow judges Jessie J, will.i.am and Danny O'Donoghue when he returns for the second series of the BBC One singing contest.
He told the Radio Times: "Last year we were given suggested lines just in case we got stuck, which I tried to work in on a few occasions.
"But I knew they weren't me and felt self-conscious. I have learnt I don't have to do that. I feel like I know what I am doing this time."
A show spokesman has since insisted the guidance is standard practice for a new TV show.
They commented: "Last year on 'The Voice', all four coaches were given guidance to prepare them for their new roles on TV, as it was a new format and unfamiliar territory for all."
However, Tom - who mentored Leanne Mitchell to victory last year, only for her first single to flop - is adamant the judges aren't faking their competitiveness and claims the chemistry between them is real.
He told BANG Showbiz: "We're not doing things for effect. We're doing this to say, 'We've got to be like this.' And nobody is telling us either. We don't get people saying you've got to be more competitive.
"We are what we are and that's why we are the four coaches because we're different from each other but we all have the same interest to do the best we can for these singers."