Switch-on star quits BBC talent contest

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Blackpool Switch-On Concert star Danny O’Donoghue, lead singer with rock band The Script, has announced he is quitting BBC talent show The Voice.

The Irish heartthrob, who won the BBC One show this year follows singer Jessie J, who recently announced she was leaving.

He said that he will not be back as coach next year because of recording commitments with his band The Script.

He said he “couldn’t be more proud of the show and what we have achieved.”

The Script play in Blackpool on Lights Switch-On night on Friday, August 30.

He added: “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, entertainment commissioning, said: “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.”

The BBC said that the full coaches’ line up for the third series will be announced in due course.

Despite doing well in the opening rounds, famous for featuring the coaches with their backs turned to the singers, The Voice went on to suffer in the ratings before enjoying a revival in the semi-final. But BBC bosses have already signed up for a third series.

The show’s first winner, Leanne Mitchell, flopped in the charts, with her debut album failing to make the top 100.

Jessie J announced she was quitting earlier this month, blaming overseas touring and promotional commitments. But she added that she would like to have some involvement in a further series, saying: “I shall be keeping a very close eye on series three, showing my support in every way I can, and really hope that in some way that I can be part of the show.”

Fans of the show will be watching to see whether Sir Tom and Will.i.am stay on, after the coaches previously took an “all or nothing” approach to signing up for the second series.

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