It just slipped out': Sir Tom Jones brands the talent of contestants on The Voice UK ‘sh*t’ at press launch
By Rebecca Davison for MailOnline/Published: 05:44 EST, 6 January 2015 | Updated: 10:58 EST, 6 January 2015
Sir Tom Jones has branded the talent of contestants on The Voice UK this year as ‘sh*t’.
The 74-year-old musician came out with the expletive at a press launch for the BBC show, held at London’s Mondrian hotel on Monday.
When presenter Emma Willis asked the panel of coaches how they viewed the standard of competitors, fellow panellist will.i.am said: ‘The talent this year is…’
He was then interrupted by the Welsh crooner, who said ‘…sh*t.’
Unfazed, he addded: ‘It just slipped out. I hope it wasn’t a Freudian slip.’
He later attempted some damage control by apologising, saying: ‘Just to clear this up, when I said the talent this year was sh*t, it was a joke.
‘I like a joke. And when I said I hope that’s not a Freudian slip, that was a joke on top of a joke. It was not a Freudian slip. You know what I’m saying.’
Seemingly backtracking, he said: ‘The talent this year is excellent. I think we have a great variety of singers. There are no copycats.’
Also at the press launch were Rita Ora, who replaces Kylie Minogue on the show and Kaiser Chiefs front man, Ricky Wilson.
Emma Willis’ presenting co-host Marvin Humes was also in attendance and wearing a similar grey checked suit to Tom’s.
The video on top is from 2012 and it’s still funny: In case you missed it: