The Voice 2014 judges: 'Dull' Sir Tom Jones told to liven up

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Dull Sir Tom Jones has been told to liven up by bosses on The Voice UK.

The show's live finals kicked off at the weekend but the ratings and critical response were both disappointing.

The third series fell to a season low, down 500,000 viewers on the week before, as the final twelve contestants performed for the public vote for the first time.

It's been claimed today that producers were desperate to zap a bit of energy into the show during the live broadcast, particularly when it came to Sir Tom's responses to the acts.

"While the other coaches were giving it everything they had, Tom seemed to be reverting to stock answers," a source said today. “He called everyone ‘great’ and his responses were flat and awkward — plus he gave Emma Willis, a hard task quizzing him."

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, "It was obvious the crew were doing everything they could to get him to be more lively. They spoke to him after every act. At least half a dozen times they were seen with their hands out and lifting them up, in a bid to boost the energy.

“Unfortunately for them, it wasn’t having much of an effect.”

To be fair to Tom there were problems all around on Saturday's live show.

Tom may have given some less than stellar responses but Will.i.am's hyper personality was far too much the other way. The Black Eyed Peas star spent much of the show on his phone and tablet rather than watching the acts which we felt was rather rude, and took all the drama out of the fast pass decision reveal.

Another problem we had was that NONE of the judges had a bad word to say about any of the contestants, coming out with gushing praise after every song even when there were some dodgy notes. They didn't need to be mean but it came across like a politically correct sports day.

Only Emma Willis held the whole thing together and looked absolutely stunning as she did it.

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