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Kylie Minogue quits The Voice UK as show continues to flag

Singer claims tour clashes are to blame
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Kylie Minogue has confirmed on Twitter that she will not return as a judge on The Voice UK in 2015, following a series that saw declining ratings.

"#Lovers, due to timing of my tour I won’t be back next season for The Voice UK. Thanks to all who supported! Hope to see you on my KMO tour!" Minogue wrote on Twitter alongside a cryface emoji.

Scheduling issues are probably only the half of it, with the show waning over the last couple of series as it struggles to find a reliable judging panel with good chemistry.

Saturday night's final, which saw Jermain Jackman crowned winner, saw a drop of 600,000 viewers on the previous year.

The Voice lost its original judges Jessie J and Danny O'Donoghue last year, with Minogue and Ricky Wilson stepping in as replacements.

Kylie said in a statement: "Hi Lovers, thanks to all of you for your incredible support throughout this past season of The Voice UK.

"I'm sad to say that, due to the timing of my European Tour, I won’t be back for season four. I absolutely loved my time on the show, and I’ll miss all of the incredible people who were a part of my experience.

"I hope to see you all on my Kiss Me Once Tour, and wish continued success to everyone at The Voice!”

Moira Ross, Executive Producer at Wall to Wall, added: "Kylie has brought her own very special magic to The Voice UK and we have loved having her on the show. We wish her well for her tour and hope to welcome her back in the future."

There is no word as yet on who will replace her in series 4.

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