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She only made her debut this weekend, but new judge to The Voice UK, Paloma Faith has already threatened to leave the show. 

She told The Sun that if she gets bad reviews on social media she's going to throw in the towel… But doesn't everything kinda get a bad review online?

"I haven't experienced this season yet so I don't know if I will want to do next year's series," she admitted.

"If every day from the first show is a barrage of abuse on social media and in letter form then of course I'm not going to do it."

But, she's willing to hold out to see how it all goes. 

"Boy George and I haven't experienced it yet so there's a sceptical feeling. We're happy within us but we just hope that translates into a public reaction."

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The next season of The Voice UK could very well be its last, according to various sources inside the BBC.

Despite growing viewership figures – almost seven million people tuned in for the series four finale – it's believed the show may be dropped to cut costs.

Senior executives have reportedly been warned not to get into a "bidding war" for the show with ITV, amid mounting pressure to make budget cuts.

"The BBC has had no choice but to walk away in the face of all the cuts being made," a source told The Mirror.

"It’s a sad day, because it’s a BBC show."

While the show is likely not to be produced by the BBC from 2016 on, it could of course be picked up by ITV, home of The X Factor and I'm A Celebrity.

ITV are already believed to have made an offer, and a three-year deal is expected to be signed within days, with bosses there promising to match the €14million-a-series costs.

The fifth season of The Voice kicks off in January on BBC One, with will.i.am, Paloma Faith, Boy George and Ricky Wilson all lined up as coaches.

Back in August, the BBC was forced to apologise publicly to former coach Tom Jones, after he was axed from the judging panel without warning.

The singing legend took to social media to express his anger, accusing producers of "sub-standard behaviour."

Former Director of Television for the BBC, Danny Cohen, later said he was "truly sorry" for any upset caused.

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The Voice UK returns for a fifth season early next year, but one notable face will be missing from the judging panel… Welsh music legend Tom Jones.

Tom took to Facebook earlier this month to express his disappointment after he was abruptly axed from the show in favour of Boy George, something the BBC informed him of just 24 hours before the new line-up went public.

While the broadcasting company first defended their decision, saying "no role was ever promised," one BBC director has spoken out to apologise to the singer.

"I've got huge respect for Tom and I'm truly sorry he's upset, because I am a big fan of his," BBC's director of television Danny Cohen said. "I think he's a gentleman, I think he's an extraordinary figure in music and you'll have seen the huge respect that all of the artists have had for him on The Voice throughout."

Danny added that he hoped Tom would be returning for a new project with the BBC "very soon."

In his original statement on Facebook, Tom accused BBC execs of "sub-standard behaviour" for not informing him of the line-up changes well ahead of time. 

"In good faith, as part of the team, I’d put the time in my schedule to be involved in Series 5, as I’ve done so for the last 4 years. I’ve supported the show and the BBC since the beginning. I was told yesterday, with no consultation or conversation of any kind, that I would not be returning," he explained.

"Having been through plenty of transformations throughout the years, I support and admire creative change. But being informed, as a matter of duty and respect, is an important part of creative relationships. This sub-standard behaviour from the executives is very disappointing."

Former coaches will.i.am and Ricky Wilson will return to the line-up this year, with Paloma Faith and Boy George taking over from Rita Ora and Tom.

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Tom Jones is not happy with BBC bosses following the announcement that he will be leaving The Voice UK.

According to a post on the legendary singers Facebook page, he received “no consultation or conversation of any kind” before they announced he was axed from the show.

He claims those involved with the show only provided him with a day’s warning before he was cut as a judge on the talent competition.

Yesterday a new line-up of judges was announced for the show that included Paloma Faith and Boy George, 54.

BBC bosses thanked Tom for his work on The Voice and it seemed as though  the decision had been made with both parties having discussed the matter.

About The Voice UK: In good faith, as part of the team, I’d put the time in my schedule to be involved in Series 5, as…

Posted by Tom Jones on Friday, 14 August 2015

Just hours later, Sir Tom (he received a knighthood in 2006) took to social media to set the record straight. He wrote:

“I’ve supported the show and the BBC since the beginning. I was told yesterday, with no consultation or conversation of any knd, that I would not be returning.”

He went on to say that while he appreciates changes often have to happen in the creative  world, he also believes “being informed, as a matter of duty and respect, is an important part of creative relationships.”

He called the way in which bosses handled the show “sub-standard behaviour” and “very disappointing.”

Fans have no reacted well to the news, which comes as the Daily Mail reports an insider as saying that Tom had asked for a significant increase in his salary to be included in this year’s contract. Apparently it was something to the tune of €700,000.

 

A spokesperson for the show has reportedly pointed out that Tom was not actually fired, as judges are given contracts which only last one year. His was simply not renewed.

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After four years as a mentor, will.i.am has reportedly decided to step down for his role  on The Voice UK.

The star of the Black Eyed Peas has been a mentor on the programme since the very first season. Apparently, his decision has come a result of his disappointment with the show not producing any overly successful stars.

According the The Mirror, bosses at the BBC are “desperate” to keep him on the programme, especially since Rita Ora also backed out of her role this year.

A source has reportedly said:

"Will has been in discussions with producers but decided he doesn't want to return this year. He’s disappointed Rita Ora left and is frustrated the show has failed to produce an international star.”

Will is also supposedly upset that his former contestant Leah McFall failed to “set the charts alight”.

There are rumours that American singer Jason Derulo could step in as a replacement for Will. Kaiser Chiefs singer Ricky Wilson is expected to sign on again and there are also plenty of rumours that Kylie Minogue could be making her return in the future.

The Daily Star on Sunday reports that singer Joss Stone, 28, was approached to sign on as a mentor but refused.

A spokesperson for The Voice is reported as saying that negotiations are still ongoing ahead of the series fifth year in production.

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Congratulations are in order for BBC presenter Reggie Yates and his long-term girlfriend Tia Ward.

The couple, who have been together for four years, took to Instagram yesterday to share the happy news of their engagement which happened earlier this month.

Model Tia revealed the news by posting this snap of her gorgeous gold ring, with the caption, "B I R T H D A Y S P A R K L E: 'I have decided to stick with love, hate is too great a burden to bear.' Happy Martin Luther King Day."

A birthday, a national holiday AND an engagement? Sounds like Tia has a lot to celebrate this month!

Although Tia and Reggie have been together since 2011, they only went public with their relationship in 2012, after being pictured on holidays together in St. Tropez.

TV presenter Reggie, best known for his hosting work on The Voice UK, popped the question while the pair vacationed in Brazil over New Year's. Tia wrote about the incredible trip on her blog last week, saying, "Where to even begin. Our time is Rio de Janeiro was spent lounging in the sun, exploring the city, taking pictures, immersing ourselves in the culture & eating plantains and steak till our top buttons had to be undone."

A dream trip by all accounts!

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