The Voice UK: Sir Tom Jones takes a swipe at the BBC as he returns on ITV

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Sir Tom Jones has taken a swipe at the BBC after being axed from The Voice UK last year.

And he reckons that the new series on ITV will prove to be better when it comes to producing successful stars.

Earlier this ITV announced that Sir Tom would be on the panel for The Voice in 2017, having been a coach on the BBC series up until last year.

He's joined by two new coaches, US singer Jennifer Hudson and British rocker Gavin Rossdale. The trio complete the new line up alongside Will.i.am, the only coach to have remained since the original run.

Sir Tom said at the time: “I’m looking forward to returning to my big red chair on The Voice UK. I had some great times on the show and I can’t wait to again discover and help some brand new talent. And of course be back with my pal will.i.am.”

Speaking to the Daily Star newspaper this week ahead of next Saturday's first episode, Sir Tom took a dig at the BBC for letting him go.

"When ITV asked me back, it was nice to know they felt what happened to me shouldn’t have happened," he said.

The Welsh crooner went on to suggest that the channel switch could provide for a better platform after ITV got record label Polydor on board to manage the winner.

“With the move to ITV, the record company Polydor are more hands on from the beginning of the series," Sir Tom revealed.

Whether or not it'll be of any help of course remains to be seen...

The Voice UK 2017 will launch on ITV on Saturday, January 7 at 8PM.

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