Kylie confirms The Voice bosses' worst fears
The Voice may have been given a popularity boost via a certain Australian popstar, but it’ll have to source a new famous face for next season as Kylie Minogue has confirmed she won’t be returning as judge.
Kylie Minogue rehearses for The Voice
The diminutive singer blamed her tour schedule, tweeting: "#Lovers, due to timing of my tour I won't be back next season for The Voice UK. Thanks to all who supported! Hope to see you on my KMO tour!"
She added on Facebook, "Hi Lovers, thanks to all of you for your incredible support throughout this past season of The Voice UK. I'm sad to say that, due to the timing of my European tour, I won't be back for Season 4. I absolutely loved my time on the show, and I'll miss all of the incredible people who were a part of my experience. I hope to see you all on my Kiss Me Once tour and wish continued success to everyone at The Voice! Love, Kylie."
The Voice UK’s executive producer Moira Ross has paid tribute to Minogue, saying that she "brought her own very special magic" to the show. "We have loved having her on the show," Ross added. "We wish her well for her tour and hope to welcome her back in the future."
Now, The Voice faces a tough task once more to keep the rest of their team together, with Minogue's fellow panellists Tom Jones, Ricky Wilson and will.i.am not confirmed to return for the fourth series next year. Speculation will be rife as to who will replace Kylie, but you can be sure the candidate will be female – unless one of the existing male members follows suit and leaves the show.
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