Sir Tom Jones reunites with Ricky Wilson following The Voice exit

Published Thursday, Aug 27 2015, 16:14 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Sir Tom Jones reunited with his former co-star on The Voice, Ricky Wilson, over the weekend, following his exit from the show.

Not only did Tom draw in a massive crowd while performing at V Festival recently, he also bumped into his good friend and Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky while there.

Pleased to see his pal once more, Tom couldn't resist posing for a photo with the singer backstage, before gushing Ricky was a "good man" on Twitter.

Sir Tom Jones and Ricky Wilson at V Festival, Twitter
25 August

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He told fans: "Caught up with an old friend at V-Festival...Good man @Rickontour."

On seeing his post, Ricky was quick to retweet Sir Tom's photo. Their catch up comes after fans were shocked to hear Tom had been axed from The Voice.

After starring on the talent show as one of its celebrity coaches for the last four years, Tom was let go from The Voice and didn't hide his disappointment after news broke of his exit.

The Voice UK, Ricky Wilson, Sir Tom Jones, Rita Ora,, Sat 10 Jan


Tom starred on The Voice earlier this year alongside Ricky, Rita Ora and

Addressing his departure on Facebook, the 75-year-old claimed he had only been told he would no longer be a coach on the show a day before it became public knowledge.

"In good faith, as part of the team, I'd put the time in my schedule to be involved in Series 5, as I've done so for the last 4 years," he wrote. "I've supported the show and the BBC since the beginning. I was told yesterday, with no consultation or conversation of any kind, that I would not be returning."

Since then, the 'It's Not Unusual' singer has further criticised how the BBC handled the situation.

He told The Mirror: "It's not that I was let go, it is how it was handled... That the executives in charge couldn't be ladies and gentleman about it, that they were filled with paranoia about a 'leak' above all, is deeply insulting to our professionalism."

The BBC has since aplogised to Tom, insisting they are "truly sorry" for upsetting him.

The Voice UK: Ricky Wilson,, Paloma Faith, Boy George are judges


Sir Tom isn't the only coach not to be appearing on The Voice's next series as Rita Ora has jumped ship to become a judge on The X Factor instead.

She had replaced Kylie Minogue on The Voice earlier this year, after her pal persuaded her to take up the opportunity.

This time round, Will and Ricky will return as coaches with Paloma Faith and Boy George joining the show to replace Tom and Rita.

While Boy George has said he is "thrilled" to be joining The Voice, Paloma said: "I'm really looking forward to getting my teeth into something that cultivates the talents of another person and takes the focus off myself for a bit!"

Emma Willis and Marvin Humes will be back to present the show when it airs on BBC One in January 2016.

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