Kylie Minogue has announced that she is leaving BBC1 singing show The Voice on the day the show reaches the live stages.
The singer said that her tour commitments mean that she will not be returning to the Saturday night show if it is recommissioned for next year.
Her announcement will deal a shattering blow to the BBC as well as to fans of The Voice after Kylie’s sparkly contributions have enlivened the current run and seen viewing figures exceed 10 million.
She told the Mirror: “I’m touring this year and the timings wouldn’t work.
“We started filming in November last year for the show and this year I’m on tour in September, October and November.
“Being on the show is a huge commitment. I have loved it although there have been parts which have been really difficult, too taxing and emotional. You can’t second-guess yourself. You deal with a lot of decisions and emotions.”
Kylie, who sensationally reunited with her Neighbours co-star Jason Donovan on a version of their hit Especially For You on Sport Relief last night, is currently in the charts with her new single Into the Blue.
However the BBC has not entirely given up hope and said that the Corporation will try and integrate her touring commitments into the next run if the series is recomissioned.
A spokeswoman said: “Kylie is a fantastic addition to the coaching line up. We are aware of Kylie’s touring commitments and are looking to accommodate them, so that if the series is re commissioned she could return to her coaching role. Discussions are still on going and it’s too early to speculate as we’ve not finished this series yet.”
This series of The Voice has benefited from the Kylie factor with insiders saying the production team have been pleased with how “warmer and more fun” this series has been.