In a shocking turn of events Jessie J has quit The Voice. In a statement on her Twitter page the singer, mentor and professional gurner has said that she wants to spend time focusing on her new album. Or as more cynical types have pointed out, maybe it is all about the money, money, money.
It’s prompted the question: who will replace her? It’s a tough role to fill. Jessie J’s mass appeal and earnest-verging-on-the-annoying temperament will be hard to replicate. Not to mention the fact that she’s the only girl on the panel. Here’s who we think would be good replacements.
1) Cheryl Cole
The most obvious replacement. Since Girls Aloud officially broke up, it’s been confirmed that Cheryl’s not returning to The X Factor anytime soon, and we think she'd be a natural addition to The Voice. But would the fact that her BFF will.i.am is on the panel be more of a hindrance than a help? We can’t really see her disagreeing with the My Humps (My Lovely Lady Lumps) hit maker…
2) Dannii Minogue
…or alternatively Cheryl’s former X Factor rival Dannii Minogue. Whatever your personal opinion about Dannii you couldn’t really argue about her mentoring skills. Ok she did make Matt Cardle dress up like an past its sell by date banana which could be likened to a form of torture, but still...
3) Lily Allen
Ms. Allen might be about the re-join the pop universe with album number three but what better way to re-introduce herself to the public than with a stint on The Voice? Always opinionated (have you seen her Twitter feed?) she’d be able to ‘bring the feistiness’ that will have departed with Jessie J.
4) Mel B
How tell-it-like-it-is was Scary Spice on The X Factor? We think she’d be amazingly confrontational on the show, arguing with Danny and Will and probably making awks passes in Tom Jones' direction. TV gold surely? Or at least...car crash TV. Both of which are good.
5) Cher Lloyd
She’s come from a TV talent show background, she says what she really thinks (sometimes in rap form) and she’s got luscious extensions. Perfect, right?