Who is Tom Jones? The Voice UK coach profile

The Welsh singing superstar was controversially dropped by the BBC in 2016 - but when ITV bought the show, they had other plans...

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The Voice UK 2019 coaches: Tom Jones

Age: 78

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Twitter: @RealSirTomJones

Best known for: Being a Welsh singing sensation, Voice veteran and national treasure

Bio: You’d be hard pressed to find someone who hadn’t at least heard of Welsh music mega star Sir Tom Jones. What they may not know is that his original name was Thomas John Woodward and he was born in Pontypridd in Wales.

Sir Tom’s career in the music industry spans no less than six decades, during which he’s released numerous hit songs including It’s Not Unusual, Delilah, What’s New Pussycat?, Green Green Grass of Home, Kiss, She’s A Lady and Sex Bomb.

He’s sold millions upon millions of records, performed in Las Vegas numerous times, and in 2006 was knighted by the Queen for services to music.

He was also known for his intense dance moves…

Sir Tom was one of the original coaches on the first series of The Voice UK and remained in his spinning red seat for four years, winning the show with Leanne Mitchell in 2012.

Why wasn’t Tom Jones on the Voice UK in 2016?

Well, the Welsh wonder was controversially dropped from the line-up and he wasn’t best pleased about it, openly criticising the BBC for their handling of the situation.

Legions of fans flocked to The Voice UK’s blog to complain about their treatment of the singer, and 83% of voters surveyed by RadioTimes.com said it was a mistake to replace him.

ITV clearly thought the BBC had made a mistake too and invited Sir Tom back when they bought the format in 2017, and have stuck with him since.

And in the 2018 series of The Voice, in an impromptu performance, he proved he’s still got it…

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The Voice UK airs Saturdays on ITV