Danny O’Donoghue has followed Jessie J’s lead and quit BBC show The Voice UK.
Citing recording commitments with his band The Script, Danny released a statement yesterday saying, “I had two wonderful seasons on The Voice and as everybody knows I gave it my heart and soul and couldn’t be more proud of the show and what we have achieved. My focus will be on The Script moving forward as we are about to embark on the most important part of our career as a band.”
Danny’s act Andrea Begley won the second season of the show last month.
Mark Linsey, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning said: “Danny has been an absolute star – and a winner – on The Voice but we understand that he, like Jessie, has to focus on his music career and The Script have such an incredibly busy year ahead. The Voice coaches are all current music stars with recording and touring careers to manage alongside the show and we know this can be difficult to juggle. We are very sorry to see Danny go but wish him and the band the very best and hope they will come back and perform for us next series.”
At this stage it’s unclear if Tom Jones and will.i.am will return. Replacements for Danny and Jessie J will be announced in the coming weeks.