Sir Tom Jones is reportedly in talks to return to The Voice, just one year after he was replaced by Boy George. The 76-year-old singer is apparently considering appearing on the show when it moves to ITV later this year – but is conscious that he is still grieving for his wife Linda.
"Tom is keen to get back on the show – something he wouldn't have been if it was still on the Beeb rather than ITV," a source told the Sun. "It's being seen as a masterstroke to get him back as he's worked with them all – including Elvis – and commands respect.
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Sir Tom Jones is said to be considering a return to The Voice
"The only thing that's holding him back is whether it is too soon after his wife's death and whether that makes it the right decision."
It was revealed in August that Sir Tom was being replaced by Boy George on The Voice – and the star was less than happy about it. Shortly after the announcement, he took to Twitter to tell fans he was "shocked and disappointed" to have been axed.
"I was TOLD yesterday," he added. "No idea, no conversation, no warning. To the fans, thank you for your support over the last four years."
The star appeared on the show from 2012 until 2015
His Twitter post linked to a longer Facebook message, in which Sir Tom said he felt the way the BBC handled the matter was "very disappointing".
"Having been through plenty of transformations throughout the years, I support and admire creative change," he wrote. "But being informed, as a matter of duty and respect, is an important part of creative relationships. This sub-standard behaviour from the executives is very disappointing.
"I will always admire the courage of the performers who participate in the show, as well as all the production staff who worked tirelessly to make a great family viewing experience for the audience at home. I wish the show well."