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McFly stars Danny Jones and Tom Fletcher share the chair on The Voice UK

McFly stars Danny Jones and Tom Fletcher share the chair on The Voice UK

  • Written by Stephen McIntosh
  • Entertainment reporter

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Comment on the photo, Fletcher (left) and Jones will have to agree in order to turn their chair over to the contestant

McFly stars Tom Fletcher and Danny Jones will share a seat on The Voice UK judging panel when it returns for a new series.

Country singer LeAnn Rimes will also join Sir Tom Jones and as coaches in the reality singing competition.

Jones and Fletcher will take fourth place together, and will have to agree in order to man the chair.

The duo said their presence on The Voice would be “epic”, adding that they were “ready for the challenge”.

The format of the show keeps the coaches at arm's length from the contestants – so they can judge them on the quality of their singing alone.

Then, if they want to direct the singer to the next stage of the competition, they press a button on their chair – which spins around and allows them to see and interact with the contestant.

The new coaches will replace singers Olly Murs and Anne-Marie, who left the series last year.

Jones, who won the most recent series of The Masked Singer, previously worked as a coach on The Voice Kids for six series.

Emma Willis will return as host of the show, which offers hopeful singers the chance to win a record contract with music giants EMI, £50,000 in cash and a holiday to Universal Studios Florida.

Fletcher and Jones said in a statement: “Making The Voice UK history as the first ever double chair group will be epic and we are both ready for the challenge.

“And of course, we couldn't ask to be in greater company than our fellow Voice family members Emma, ​​Will, Sir Tom and Lyn. Enjoy the talent!”

Rhimes, best known for hits like Can't Fight The Moonlight and How Do I Live, said she was “really excited and grateful” to be joining “an epic panel of coaches.”

The Grammy Award-winning singer added: “Being able to work with and nurture the UK’s vibrant emerging talent represents a new chapter in my sincere connection to the amazing fans with whom I have had deep relationships for decades.”

“I look forward to offering my heart and guidance, sharing what I have learned along my musical journey, and discovering the exceptional talent that the UK is known for.”

The Voice UK will return to ITV later this year.