The Voice coaches accused of 'abandoning' acts
- Bang Showbiz
- 5 April 2013
'The Voice' coaches have been accused of abandoning their acts weeks before the live shows start to focus on their own careers
'The Voice' coaches have been accused of abandoning their acts.
Sir Tom Jones, Danny O'Donoghue, Will.i.am and Jessie J have been busy with their own career commitments outside of the UK, so have reportedly had little time to advise the 20 artists who have made it through to the show's live finals, which are just weeks ago, prompting the programme to be branded a "sham".
A source told The Sun newspaper: "It's a bit of a sham and very disheartening for anyone who has gone through the gruelling audition process and battle rounds and now finds they're on their own until the judges return.
"'The Voice' is billed as a singing competition with personal tutoring from celebrities.
"But the truth is it was all filmed months ago on a very fast schedule and now the wannabes won't see Tom, Danny, will and Jessie again until just before the live shows."
Danny is currently touring Australia with his band The Script, while Tom has a string of US gigs lined up this month, and will was at a music festival in Japan last weekend and earlier this week tweeted about being with Britney Spears in Los Angeles. Jessie has just returned from a holiday to Morocco and is now working on her second album.
However, the claims have been branded "ridiculous" by the BBC.
A spokesperson said: "It's ridiculous to suggest the coaches haven't spent enough time coaching their artists.
"Viewers will see as the shows progress all four spent a great deal of time with their acts."
And 'Man Who Can't Be Moved' singer Danny insisted he is "always available" for his acts.
He said: "I am always available to coach and mentor my acts, even when I am abroad with mobile, internet etc.
"I am still working with Max from last series and I've written and recorded songs for Bo's new album which is out soon."