Jessie J has quit her role as a judge and mentor on BBC1’s singing contest, The Voice UK.
“I’ve absolutely loved my time on The Voice and I hope everyone saw and knows how passionately I felt about the show,” she said. “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 3 showing my support in every way I can and really hope that in some way that I can be part of the show.”
Mark Linsey, the BBC’s controller of entertainment commissioning, said: “We’re so sorry to see Jessie go as she’s been an exceptional coach on, and advocate for, The Voice, but we totally support her decision to leave due to touring commitments overseas. We very much hope that Jessie will remain part of the show and come back and perform for us in the next series. In the meantime we will now start the search for a new coach.”
The BBC confirmed earlier this year that The Voice UK would return for a third series in 2014, extending what had an initially been a two-year option on the global talent-show format.
It is not yet known whether the other three judges – Tom Jones, will.i.am and Danny O’Donoghue – will be present for the third series.