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Boy George 'too critical' as new judge on The Voice

Singer Boy George admits he has been told he is too critical ahead of his judging stint on The Voice UK.

The Culture Club star, 54, said young people may not want criticism and added: "But if you can't take criticism, I don't really want you on my team."

The singer, whose real name is George O'Dowd, told the Radio Times he will not be looking for perfection, but rather honesty and emotion from performers.

He joins newcomer Paloma Faith on the judging panel of the show, alongside returning judges and Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson.

He told the magazine: "I've been told I've been too critical. But on a lot of these shows, some 17-year-old kid is told, 'You're amazing', and no, what you are is potentially amazing.

"But you're pitchy. You hit some bum notes. You impersonated this person. That's what they need to hear. And you can say that without being nasty."

This is the last year The Voice will air on the BBC, before moving to rival broadcaster ITV.

:: The Voice airs on BBC One on January 9 at 7.30pm.

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