Here’s our news page. This is the place for articles and, we pledge, we’ll try not to post the stupid stuff we all run across once in awhile.Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
At the right is the 58-second promo video for The Voice UK that was posted by the BBC yesterday.
According to K.T., at the taping of The Voice UK Thursday, “Tom looked great – fit and well, and he’s really got his new role. He really seemed to enjoy it more. He has a very strong team to go through to the next round.”
In a memo mistakenly circulated by the BBC, it slipped that The Voice UK willT begin its run on Saturday, March 24 on BBC One. he word on the street is that the live rounds begin in April.
An article published Thursday purports to have inside, backstage info about Tom’s dealing with the show:
Can Judge Tom find his voice for new BBC talent series?
Daily Mail | By Dan Wootton | 23 February, 2012
When BBC bosses signed 71-year-old singer Sir Tom Jones to be the judge on their expensive new talent series The Voice, it was hailed as a coup.
But my sources on the show say the Welsh icon initially struggled to adjust to his role and put in some worrying performances at the early pre-recorded auditions.
They tell me he found it difficult to adapt to working alongside his much younger colleagues Jessie J, 23, Black Eyed Peas member Will.I.Am, 36, and The Script star Danny O’Donoghue, 31.
However, while those working on the show admit he looked like he felt out of place at the beginning, they are confident he’ll be ‘comfortable’ by the time the live shows begin soon.
An insider explains: ‘Tom has really had to work to adjust to the format in all honesty. He is a legend as a singer but is not used to this sort of role.
An article out today says Tom will make his” acting debut” and notes he had a “brief cameo” as himself in Mars Attacks! That is not, however, strictly correct. He didn’t have a brief cameo. He had a major role and one would guess that he had to act as, in real life, he’s never been in the midst of an attack by Martians. But this looks like fun, doesn’t it? He was a Teddy Boy so he probably knows the role requirements. Sir Tom Jones to make his acting debut
WalesOnline | Feb 23 2012
Veteran chart star Sir Tom Jones is to make his acting debut in a new TV drama.
The It’s Not Unusual singer will star alongside Alison Steadman and Brenda Blethyn in the film, King Of The Teds.
Sir Tom — soon to be seen as a coach on BBC1’s forthcoming talent search The Voice — will be seen in the Sky Arts drama in the spring.
The 71-year-old plays Ron, a former bottle factory worker who was once the top Teddy Boy in his area as a youth. He and his wife Tina find their lives turned upside down when they once again meet a friend from their early days.
The Welsh singing star previously took a brief cameo role in Tim Burton’s comedy Mars Attacks, playing himself.
The new film is part of a Sky Arts series called Playhouse Presents … which also features one-off dramas with star names. This Is Spinal Tap star Harry Shearer will play Richard Nixon in one film, while David Tennant will appear in another scripted by novelist Will Self.
And Paul O’Grady has written his first screenplay — in which he also stars, alongside Sheila Hancock — called Nellie And Melba.
Geraldine James, Richard E Grant and Trevor Eve star in a further film in the series called The Other Woman.
James Hunt, director of Sky Arts, said: “We are thrilled to have this phenomenal calibre of talent involved in such interesting and original films on the channel.
“We’re hugely ambitious about bringing the very best comedy and drama Sky Arts to our customers, and we have no doubt that these stars, in the hands of these award-winning production companies, will do just that.”
Finally, Tom is set to play the Belsonic Festival in Belfast, on Friday August 24, 2012. Tickets on sale this Monday, February 27 at the Belsonic Festival website
TJI has heard unofficially that Tom will be back in the USA this autumn. But, of course, nothing official yet.