Sir Tom Jones quits The Voice as Boy George and Paloma Faith join the panel


Singers Paloma Faith and Boy George have joined The Voice, as Sir Tom Jones leaves the show.

The pair will sit in the spinning red chairs alongside returning coaches and Ricky Wilson for the fifth series of the BBC One show, following the exits of the Welsh crooner and Rita Ora.

Faith, who collaborated with Jones on the track God Only Knows, said: "I'm really excited about working with creative people who are there not just to be great singers, but also innovative personalities and performers.

"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."

Culture Club frontman George, real name is George Alan O'Dowd, said: "I'm thrilled and excited to be a coach on The Voice UK. I'm a huge fan of the show and have watched and engaged with it from series one.

"If I can help someone to win I will be delighted. What a wonderful opportunity to share my experiences and help someone move forward with their musical career. I can't wait to sit in that chair!"

The new series sees the departure of Jones, who has served as a coach since the show began in 2012. The 75-year-old singer, who had hits with It's Not Unusual, Delilah and Sex Bomb, mentored Leanne Mitchell to win the first series of The Voice.

Ora defected to The X Factor after only one season in the revolving chair.

BBC One controller Charlotte Moore added: "Boy George and Paloma will bring a wealth of musical talent, expertise and unpredictability to our new coaching line-up.

"Their originality and flair will shake things up on the red chairs and take the audience by surprise. I'm thrilled to welcome back and Ricky and would like to personally thank Sir Tom Jones for his dedication and commitment to the last four series."

Filming on the fifth series is to begin at Media City in Salford, Manchester, with the blind auditions taking place in September.

Emma Willis and Marvin Humes will return to host the show, which will air on screens in January 2016.

The show's executive producer Moira Ross said: "Series 5 looks set to be our liveliest yet, four iconic superstars all with very big personalities. I feel sure we're on track for another fantastic series."

Last year's winner Stevie McCrorie gained a Top 10 hit Lost Stars - a first for the series.

Jones and Ora's exits mark the latest round of changes for the show.

The Script frontman Danny O'Donoghue and Bang Bang singer Jessie J were coaches on the first two series, alongside presenters Holly Willoughby and Reggie Yates, before they all left after the 2013 series.

Kylie Minogue and Wilson then took over on coaching duties, while Willis and Humes became the new presenters.

Ora replaced Minogue in the 2015 series, when the Australian pop star left the show.