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Sir Tom Jones questions Simon's Cowell judging ability

Sir Tom Jones has questioned Simon Cowell’s ability to judge singers’ musical talent.

The 71-year-old, who sits alongside Jessie J, The Script’s Danny O’Donoghue and as a coach on 'The Voice,' was speaking to The Daily Mirror ahead of the show’s battle with Cowell’s 'Britain’s Got Talent' next Saturday night.

He said: “I have problems when people who have never got up on a stage to sing judge those who do. Who are they to say? Simon Cowell is a record man, not a singer. How can someone give advice if he or she is not qualified?”

“It’s like critics who criticise actors, never having been on a stage. Or having a teacher not experienced in teaching.”

The Welsh star, who has sold over 100 million records during his fifty-year career, also hinted that Cowell had previously invited him to join The X-Factor judging panel:

“The shows with judges from other areas of show business are all very well and good, but The Voice is unique because the four coaches are all singers, can all make records and know what they’re talking about."

“I’ve been approached by ­other talent shows, not directly, but through my agent and I’ve always said no because of all that other stuff. I’ve never wanted to do one until I saw The Voice.”




Watch a recent interview with Sir Tom Jones about The Voice below: