Tom’s absence silences The Voice

Debbie Clarke

Debbie Clarke

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I really enjoyed watching The Voice last year.

It was fabulous to see former Kirkcaldy fireman Stevie McCrorie wowing the judges from the very first time he set foot on the stage.

His first audition was amazing and I enjoyed listening to the judges’ comments, as well as the banter between them all.

Last year was the first time I had watched the BBC talent show and I was looking forward to it again this year ... until last week.

Personally, I think Tom Jones makes that show, particularly with his sprinkling of ‘yeahs’ every so often!

o I was disappointed to hear that he has now been dropped from the judging panel.

What makes it worse – according to Sir Tom – is the fact he wasn’t given any warning or notice, he was just informed the day before the new line-up was announced!

I think it is terrible, given that he has been on the programme for the past four years, that he has just been dropped without any discussion or consultation.

It would be a different story if his replacement was someone spectacular, but Boy George?

I mean, come on! I am not impressed with this choice and as a result, I have to say I won’t be watching the new series. I think BBC bosses may regret this decision.

I recently spent some time in Edinburgh at the festival fringe and the atmosphere was lively as always.

I really enjoy having a wander along the Royal Mile taking in the sights and sounds at this time of year.

It is always entertaining and some of the acts are really enjoyable.

I was particularly amused by a group who were heading down the street with headphones on and they were dancing away, arms going like the clappers, as they followed their leader along the cobbles.

I have no idea what they were listening to but it certainly looked like good fun!