Sir Tom Jones details most difficult part of The Voice

The Voice returns for new series in trailer from ITV

Welsh singing legend Sir Tom Jones has opened up on the biggest issue on the show, describing it as “difficult”.

The legendary star was speaking ahead of the return of the popular ITV talent contest this Saturday night.

“I think we’ve had some of the best singers we’ve ever had,” he revealed. “I think it’s got stronger and stronger, and it’s been more difficult in the Blind Auditions this time to turn people away as they’ve been so good,” he confessed.

This year’s task for the judges is even harder as for the first time groups have been allowed to audition – but this is something that Tom embraces.

“I think it’s a great idea because often individuals work best as a group and are more powerful together than as solo singers. I just love voices and sometimes the interplay between voices and players is completely right and necessary to get what they want to say across.”


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Tom is the reining champion amongst the judging panel, which also includes, Anne-Marie and Olly Murs, having won last year’s show mentoring Anthonia Edwards and this season he says that he will be looking for, “honesty and truth,” in the voices he selects.

“Something that comes out from the singer rather than copying or training just to put into the phrasing.

“Whichever song they perform I want to hear the person come through it,” he said.

“I’m always wide open to sounds of voices. It doesn’t have to be a certain sound but it needs to be soulful, if you will.

“There are all types of soul but it needs to come from within and I need to hear it come through.”

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Show host Emma Willis has also spoken out about the addition of groups to the show which is the biggest format shake up in the programmes history.

“It’s always nice to add something you’ve never done before,” she stated.

“There are loads of groups out there who’ve never had the chance to come and audition and now they can.

“We’ve had some great groups but for me, there was an absolute corker of a group, they had the whole package – it was like watching Little Mix.”

The Voice UK returns on Saturday at 8.25pm on ITV1, ITVX and STV.

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