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Paloma Faith and Boy George clash on The Voice

Paloma Faith is left reeling after Boy George comments on her success during an episode of The Voice set to air on Saturday.

Viewers will see Paloma Faith reduced to tears after an argument with Boy George during an episode of The Voice this weekend (30Jan16).

The two stars are new to the panel this series, taking the places of former judges Rita Ora and Tom Jones. They join original judge and Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson in mentoring hopeful singers looking to land a record deal, but their journey isn't without its share of drama.

On Saturday's (30Jan16) episode, pop star Paloma and the Culture Club frontman clash as they audition former Liberty X member Kevin Simm. In a clip Paloma is seen pretending to fall asleep as Boy George tells the former band member: "There are a lot of big voices in the show. You sit and you think no one can be better than that, then suddenly someone sings.

"It's just constant surprise. One thing that I do know is that I understand singers. That's my forte."

Upon discovering his fellow judge is pretending to snooze at his words, Boy George quips at her to wake up and calls her "Palaver". He also urges Kevin to not choose Paloma as a mentor, snapping that she'd probably fall asleep as he sang.

Things got more personal though when the '80s star pointed out to the fellow newcomer that she's yet to have a hit song in America, which he has. It's this comment that made Paloma pipe up.

“I am really happy with what I have done and continue to progress," she says. "Maybe I haven’t had as long in the game as George but hopefully one day I will. When I put my mind to something then I will win.”

She's even seen running backstage at point as she appears to be crying.

Trying to add some humour to the situation, will addresses the crowd afterwards to put them at ease: “That was super intense. I don’t think I want to go backstage any more, I’ll stay out here instead.”

Ricky comments too, joking that "the fires have been lit". It's claimed that BBC bosses had to edit the episode in order to tone it down and make it more family friendly, but luckily George adds later that neither of them hold grudges.

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