Bisexual star leaves British version of TV singing talent contest. Unclear if will.i.am will carry out his threat not to return if other coaches leave
Bisexual pop star Jessie J has quit her role as a ‘coach’ and judge on British TV singing contest, The Voice.
The show has just completed its second series with BBC bosses confirming a third series will follow next year.
But 25-year-old Jessie tweeted today: ‘I’ve absolutely loved my time on The Voice and I hope everyone saw and knows how passionately I felt about the show.
‘However, I can’t wait to promote my new record around the world and that has to take priority. I shall be keeping a very close eye on series three showing my support in every way I can and really hope that in some way that I can be part of the show.’
Based on a Dutch TV show, the BBC bid £22million ($33million €26million) to run the British version for two years.
The fact it is continuing to a third series is a sign of confidence in the format. Ratings show an average audience of just over 8million viewers.
Jessie J’s departure comes after fellow judge will.i.am announced he would not return to if the other coaches left.
He told the Daily Star in June: ‘I can’t think about doing it with someone else. It would be weird.’
The other two mentors are Tom Jones and Danny O’Donoghue.