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Sir Tom Jones axed from The Voice as new line-up is revealed

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Sir Tom Jones has been axed from The Voice UK after four series. The 75-year-old, who has been a coach on the BBC show since 2012, will not return for the fifth series which begins filming in September.

The Delilah singer's exit from the show comes as a shock, as he only spoke of his hopes to return to The Voice in July, telling BBC Newsbeat: "I hope to be sat back in my chair with and Ricky Wilson. We are all friends, I love being on the show and I would to be back if they want me."

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Tom Jones has been axed from The Voice

Tom has been replaced by eighties icon Boy George who said he is "thrilled" to be appearing on the BBC entertainment show.

"I'm thrilled and excited to be a coach on The Voice UK. I'm a huge fan of the show and have watched and engaged with it from series one. If I can help someone to win I will be delighted," Boy George said. "What a wonderful opportunity to share my experiences and help someone move forward with their musical career. I can't wait to sit in that chair!"

Meanwhile Paloma Faith has been confirmed as the new face replacing Rita Ora, who has moved to rival show The X Factor. She and Boy George will join coaches and Ricky Wilson on the new coaching panel for 2016.

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Paloma Faith and Boy George are confirmed as the new coaches

Paloma said: "I'm really excited about working with creative people who are there not just to be great singers, but also innovative personalities and performers. I have a long history of helping break artists as in my club nights I booked Kate Nash, Adele and The Noisettes before they hit the big time and four of my band members have gone on to pursue successful solo careers.

"I'm really looking forward to getting my teeth into something that cultivates the talents of another person and takes the focus off myself for a bit."

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