Jessie J has reflected on her time on The Voice UK (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)Jessie J took the ‘diva accusations’ about her time on The Voice UK pretty personally before she left in 2013.
The hitmaker says she was ‘hurt’ by the criticism she received as the first female judge on the BBC One competition, which she ultimately coached for two seasons.
Jessie, now 31, has now returned for The Voice Kids with a renewed perspective, admitting that she was young and struggling to ‘fit in’ with megastars like Sir Tom Jones on the panel.
Jessie J will now join (from left) Danny Jones, Pixie Lott and will.i.am on The Voice Kids (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)She told the Press Association: ‘I was honest but I also was young and I hadn’t even been in the industry for like a year and I was asked to sit next to Tom Jones, and I was just trying to fit in.’
Jessie went on: ‘Once there had been years of other female coaches that got similar slack, I realised that it wasn’t so personal but it really did hurt me and I’ve not lied about that.
‘But it hasn’t broken me and I didn’t just wither away and disappear from the UK and go home and cry myself to sleep, I went and tried to break America, and I broke China and I toured the world and I put out another two albums.’
Jessie appeared on the first two seasons of The Voice UK with (from left) Danny O’Donoghue, Tom Jones and Will i am (Picture: Ray Tang/REX)The singer appeared on the first and second series of the show alongside Tom Jones, Will.i.am, who are both still on the series, and Danny O’Donoghue, who quit two weeks after Jessie.
But Jessie gained a negative reputation during her time on the show, at one time threatening to leave after just one series.
It was rumoured that she had poor relationships with her fellow coaches, while she was accused of ‘acting like a diva’ backstage.
From the viewers, she was also called out for ‘bullying’ behaviour with the contestants.
Earlier this year, Tom Jones told Metro.co.uk that he had to warn Jessie not to ‘scare’ the contestants so much.
Reflecting on working with Jessie, Tom said: ‘It’s hard work, but I said to her “don’t scare them”.
‘We do have fun as well. That’s who she is, that’s how determined she is to get her point across.’
Jessie reprised her coaching role in Australia for two seasons in 2015 and 2016 and she will now be coaching aspiring stars on a junior version of The Voice in the UK for seven to 14-year-olds.
Jessie will join returning coaches Pixie Lott, Danny Jones and will.i.am and says she is ‘really honoured’ and ‘grateful’ to be back.
The Voice Kids UK starts on Saturday at 8pm on ITV.
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