Simon Cowell: Paloma Faith called me to ask if she should do The Voice

X Factor boss says the new BBC coach wanted his “feeling” on the role

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After being offered a coaching role on next year’s The Voice, singer Paloma Faith called X Factor boss Simon Cowell for his advice, the music mogul revealed.  

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“Paloma called me about two weeks ago and said she’s been offered the show, good money, what do you think? I said: ‘Do it, it’ll be good for you.’” Cowell told RadioTimes.com at last night’s launch of The X Factor 2015.

It may seem an odd move. Paloma has turned down the chance to be a judge on his show in the past, at the time saying she wasn’t “emotionally equipped to deal with the scrutiny and that level of celebrity that’s not about [her] music”. But Cowell dismissed that.

“Me and Paloma are friends. Not that she wanted my consent, but she wanted my feeling on it. But I thought, yeah, it will be perfect for you.”

Paloma’s addition to the singing show follows pop star Rita Ora’s departure to team Cowell, making up part of this year’s revamped X Factor series. Boy George will join Paloma as a fellow newbie, after the much-discussed replacement of Sir Tom Jones. Will.I.Am and Ricky Wilson return to complete The Voice’s 2016 line-up. 

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The Voice returns to BBC next year. The X Factor starts this Saturday at 8:00pm on ITV