24/03/2016 16:01 GMT | Updated 24/03/2016 16:09 GMT

'The Voice': Paloma Faith Blasts Gender Imbalance On Judging Panel

'I’m really p****d off about it, I think there should be two women.'

Paloma Faith has spoken out against ‘The Voice’, admitting to feeling “pissed off” about the gender imbalance on the show's judging panel.


The singer is a coach on the BBC One talent show, alongside Ricky Wilson, will.i.am and Boy George, but says she'd like one of the spaces on the panel to go to another woman.

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Paloma Faith with 'The Voice' coaches Will.i.am Boy George and Ricky Wilson

Speaking to the Daily Express about being outnumbered on the judging team, she said: “I think they should change it. They said it was a formatting thing, they keep telling me. That’s what I’ve been told, I don’t know.

“I think you should ask them, I’m really pissed off about it, I think there should be two women. Two women and two men is equal, right?” 

The show has always featured three males and one female coach since the first series in 2012, with previous names on the panel including Jessie J, Kylie Minogue and Rita Ora, with the US series also sticking to the same ratio of men to women across its 10 seasons.

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Paloma with her 'The Voice' finalists Angela Scanlon, Beth Morris and Heather Cameron-Hayes

This is not the first time Paloma has risked the wrath of show bosses, however, as they were previously forced to deny the show was fixed, after she made a bold claim about an agreement she'd apparently made with Ricky.

She revealed that she and the Kaiser Chiefs frontman had agreed they would swap contestant Kevin Simm during the battle round, telling The Mirror:  “Losing Kevin was the hardest battle round decision. I wasn’t sleeping because of it. So Ricky and I agreed beforehand that he would take Kevin.

“I sent Kevin an email afterwards to tell him I thought he could win the whole competition and to explain that I knew he’d be saved.”

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Paloma was at the centre of a fix row on 'The Voice'

A spokesperson later told the Evening Standard: “The conversation between Ricky and Paloma before that battle record was her asking him to steal Kevin if she didn’t choose him. He did not agree or disagree.”

‘The Voice’ continues on Saturday at 7pm on BBC One.

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