It’s a disastrous day for BBC1’s smash-hit singing contest The Voice UK: Jessie J has quit, disrupting the dream judging line-up of J, am, Jones and the man from The Script.
With rumours persisting that the four mentors had adopted a Musketeer-like stance with regard to the nation’s favourite talent hunt, it may well be that there are more departures before series three explodes back onto our screens in 2014.
In the meantime, though, grieving fans will need to face up to reality and wonder who will sit in Jessie’s vacated, rotating seat. An all-male line-up is surely unlikely, so here are the female candidates we could quickly think of:
RITA ORA Good as a guest judge on The X Factor and has a J-esque semi-credible chart-pop thing going on.
DANNII MINOGUE Has The X Factor ever really recovered from her departure? The Aussie dynamo could shake up The Voice.
ELLIE GOULDING A successful artist but possibly a bit meek to mix it with pop legends like Tom Jones and Danny from The Script.
EMELI SANDE Why not? She needs something to maintain her near-constant presence on television.
PIXIE LOTT Big enough, mouthy enough. Could outdo Jessie J in the constantly changing hair stakes.
IGGY AZALEA Bold, brassy new sensation on the modern hit parade. Jessie’s spiritual niece.
TAYLOR SWIFT A huge name and a bit sharper than the average popstrel.
CERYS MATTHEWS Credible and a friend of the show, but Welsh. The Voice would become 50% Welsh. Is that too Welsh?
FLORENCE WELCH Could bring a much-needed dose of pale, artsy pretension to Saturday nights on BBC1 before the lottery.
CHERYL COLE Says she’s a big fan of The Voice and she’s still the people’s pop princess.
LEANNE MITCHELL Knows The Voice inside out and is unilkely to quit suddenly due to touring commitments.