In with the new! Boy George and Paloma Faith confirmed as the new BBC coaches on series five of The Voice UK
Boy George and Paloma Faith have been confirmed as the new coaches on upcoming series of The Voice UK.
The 54-year-old singer and the Can't Rely On You songstress will join returning judges will.i.am and Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson as the two new coaches of the BBC One signing competition, which kicks off next year.
Speaking about his new role, the Karma Chameleon hitmaker said: '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.'
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Signed! Boy George and Paloma Faith have signed up as new coached on the next series of The Voice, alongside returning stars will.i.am and Ricky Wilson
'If I can help someone to win I will be delighted,' he added. '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.'
'I'm really excited about working with creative people who are there not just to be singers, but also innovative personalities and performers,' added 34-year-old Paloma, who won this year's Brit Award for best British Female Solo Artist.
'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& 4 of my band members have gone on to pursue successful solo careers.
In with the new: The 54-year-old singer and the Can't Rely On You songstress will join returning judges will.i.am and Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson as the two new hosts of the BBC One signing competition
'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.'
This announcement sees the departures of Welsh singer Tom Jones and British pop star Rita Ora.
Tom, 75, leaves his position as an original coach after four years on the talent competition, which launched in the UK in 2012.
Earlier this year, 24-year-old Rita - who replaced Aussie sensation Kylie Minogue - jumped ship to rival show The X Factor after just one series.
Last year: Ricky Wilson, Sir Tom Jones, Rita Ora and will.i.am served as coaches on The Voice in 2014
Meanwhile, it was recently reported that will.i.am, 40, decided to leave the The Voice, allegedly telling BBC bosses that he will not return for the fifth series when filming starts next month.
And according to the Daily Star's James Ingham producers of the BBC 1 show were 'desperate' for Will to change his mind offering the star a big pay out that he turned down, saying it was time he moved on.
The original mentor has been a permanent fixture on the show since it first hit screens in 2012, but according to reports Will feels 'miffed' that no contestants have gone on to have success after appearing on The Voice.
Filming on the fifth series is set to begin at Media City in Salford, Manchester - with the blind auditions taking place in September.
The new series of The Voice UK - which also sees the return of hosts Emma Willis and Marvin Humes - will launch on BBC One in January 2016.
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