Romford’s Jessie J got BBC to change dates of The Voice

Romford pop star Jessie J has revealed she got the BBC to change the dates of the new series of The Voice so that they wouldn’t clash with her tour, and admitted that she was a “bit irritating” on the programme.

The singer, who sat on the judging panel of the first series of the show along with Sir Tom Jones, Will.i.am and Danny O’Donoghue from The Script, has admitted she called the head of the BBC to see if the show could be changed to accommodate her.

Jessie said: “My tour dates and the dates of The Voice clashed, so I said: ‘I need to prioritise my tour and my fans.’

“I was really gutted so I called the head of the BBC and said: ‘Can we talk about this? I don’t feel right.’

“I didn’t want to miss out, so I sat with them and we looked at the dates and we jigged things around and I was then able to do it.”


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The 24-year-old, whose hits include Price Tag and Do It Like A Dude, also said she had learned from the first series of the show.

She told Alan Carr on his Chatty Man show: “I learned a lot about myself. Watching myself back, I am a bit irritating sometimes.

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“The fringe decided to retire too. I looked at a picture of myself and was like: ‘You look a bit scary.’ I was becoming a bit of a cartoon.”

And she confessed she wasn’t a fan of contestants’ weepy back stories.

She said: “I am not a major fan of the whole back story and ‘let’s all feel sorry for everyone.’

“It is a bit like ‘been there, done that, seen that’. Isn’t it about the voice? I might get in trouble for this...”

Alan Carr: Chatty Man is on tonight on Channel 4 at 10pm.

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