Danny O’Donoghue to leave The Voice

The Script frontman will not appear on the talent contest's third series following the departure of fellow judge Jessie J

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First Jessie J, now Danny O’Donnoghue. The Voice UK’s judges are dropping like flies…

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BBC have announced the departure of The Script frontman after two series on the talent contest. Revealing the news on their Twitter feed, BBC1 confirmed the singer was leaving the show to focus on his music career over the next year. 

“I had two wonderful seasons on The Voice and as everybody knows I gave it my heart and soul and couldn’t be more proud of the show and what we achieved,” said O’Donoghue. “My focus will be on The Script moving forward as we are about to embark on the most important part of our career as a band.”

Mark Linsey, BBC controller of entertainment commissioning, added, “Danny has been an absolute star – and a winner – on The Voice but we understand that he, like Jessie has to focus on his music career and The Script have such an incredibly busy year ahead. 

“The Voice coaches are all current music stars with recording and touring careers to manage alongside the show and we know this can be difficult to juggle. We are very sorry to see Danny go but wish him and the band the very best and hope they will come back and perform for us next series.”

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It is yet to be confirmed whether remaining judges Tom Jones and will.i.am will reprise their roles on the judging panel when the series returns next year.