The Voice confirms judges will reunite for new series

13/11/12

Jessie J

The four judges from talent show The Voice will be returning for the second series, the BBC has confirmed.

Sir Tom Jones, Will.i.am, Jessie J and The Script's Danny O'Donoghue will once again select and mentor the acts.

Jessie J originally said in her biography that she wouldn't be back but changed her mind by the time the book was published in the summer.

There were also rumours in July that Sir Tom might quit the show.

Audience figures for the first series started strongly but dropped off after the end of the blind auditions process.

Despite that, The Voice still averaged 9.2 million viewers, including catch-up figures.

Leanne Mitchell, coached by Sir Tom Jones, won the first series, beating the likes of Tyler James to a record deal.

'Changes'

Script frontman Danny O'Donoghue said he had high hopes for the show's spring return: "The level of singers auditioning has gone through the roof."

The singer has also previously admitted he would welcome changes to the show.

The programme's format may change slightly for the second series to try to keep viewers more interested in the latter stages of the show.

Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival in August, BBC controller of entertainment Mark Linsey hinted at more use of the popular spinning chair segment and fewer live shows.

Linsey said today that the judges had "immense knowledge" of the music industry and called the line-up "authentic and second to none".