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Tom Odell in talks to join The Voice - report

Published 20/09/2016

Tom Odell in talks to join The Voice - report
Tom Odell in talks to join The Voice - report

ITV are looking to reinvigorate the judging line-up after poaching the talent show from the BBC.

Tom Odell is reportedly in talks with ITV to join The Voice as a judge.

The singer-songwriter is the latest musician the TV network is trying to persuade to join the judging panel on the singing competition, after it poached the show from the BBC.

According to The Sun newspaper, producers are keen to get Tom on board to bring in a younger audience.

"Producers want the show to be a big success in its first year on ITV," a source told the publication. "They have had a number of discussions with him, but have spoken to others as well. It’s not a done deal yet but they’d love to have him on board.”

Earlier this year (16), it was reported Tom Jones could be set for a triumphant return to the judging panel after he was publicly sacked from the show by the BBC last year (15), and replaced by Boy George.

will.i.am has also confirmed he will be back as a judge, while Paloma Faith and Ricky Wilson have ruled themselves out of returning to the show when it airs on ITV next year (17).

A spokesperson for ITV told Digital Spy: "Any rumours surrounding the coaching line up is pure speculation, and we will be confirming our coaches in due course."

Odell, who won the BRITs Critics' Choice Award in 2013 and the Ivor Novello award in 2014 for Songwriter of the Year, is allegedly seen as the perfect choice by show bosses to bring a much-needed younger audience to The Voice UK.

If he signs on the dotted line, Tom could be judging alongside U.S. superstar Jennifer Hudson, who is reportedly near to completing a deal to take her place in the final red revolving judges chair.

Emma Willis, who fronted the fifth and final season of the show on the BBC, will again be presenting the show on ITV, however her former co-presenter Marvin Humes will not be joining her.

The Voice UK is expected to air on ITV in early 2017.

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