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Jennifer Hudson, Gavin Rossdale, Tom Jones to be mentors on 'The Voice U.K.'

By Karen Butler
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"The Voice U.K." mentor Jennifer Hudson is seen at the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of "Sing" on September 11, 2016. Photo by Christine Chew/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/98ea4b44add75fc697a06b8dde315dd7/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
"The Voice U.K." mentor Jennifer Hudson is seen at the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of "Sing" on September 11, 2016. Photo by Christine Chew/UPI | License Photo

LONDON, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Tom Jones, Jennifer Hudson and Gavin Rossdale are to serve as coaches on The Voice U.K. this season.

  The British singing competition show is moving from the BBC to ITV. Emma Willis will be the host when fresh episodes begin airing early next year. Will.i.am was previously announced as a mentor for the series.

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"I'm looking forward to returning to my big, red chair on The Voice U.K. I had some great times on the show and I can't wait to again discover and help some brand-new talent. And, of course, be back with my pal will.i.am," said Jones, who has served as mentor on the program in the past.

  "I couldn't be more excited to join the amazing panel of coaches on The Voice U.K.! The United Kingdom has always been so supportive of me since the beginning of my career, so I'm really looking forward to sharing my point of view with the contestants and especially Team JHUD. Discovering new artists has always been important to me and the United Kingdom has no shortage of talent, so I can only imagine what this experience will be like for everyone involved. I can't wait to get going and start developing each individual's own sound!" added Hudson.

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  "I am so thrilled to be joining The Voice U.K. I have always been extremely proud to fly the flag for British rock music and I can't wait to join this incredible panel and help discover some new talent," remarked Rossdale, whose ex-wife Gwen Stefani is a mentor on the American version of the show.

"We are absolutely chuffed to bits with the line-up for the launch of The Voice U.K. on ITV," Siobhan Greene, head of entertainment for ITV Network, commented. "All four coaches are global artists in the music industry and are at the top of their game. They've got very different personalities and reasons for sitting in those chairs, but they are united in their desire to find a star. We can't wait for viewers to see them and to see the show in action. Buckle up for the ride!"  

 

 

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