Will.i.am and Tom Jones to return to The Voice on ITV

Sir Tom Jones and Will.i.am will return to The Voice UK when the show makes its debut on ITV early next year.

Reacting to the news of Sir Tom's return, Will said: "It's the freaking best. I've missed him a lot."

Sir Tom, 76, said: "I'm looking forward to returning to my big red chair on The Voice UK."

Will.i.am collects an award earlier this year. Credit: PA

The pair will be joined on the judging panel by Oscar-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson and rock star Gavin Rossdale.

Jennifer Hudson, who won a Grammy Award for her self-titled album in 2009, explained how she "couldn't be more excited" to join the amazing panel of coaches on The Voice UK.

She added: "The UK has always been so supportive of me since the beginning of my career so I'm really looking forward to sharing my point of view with the contestants and especially Team JHUD."

Singer Jennifer Hudson will also join the ITV show. Credit: PA

Meanwhile Gavin Rossdale, 48, is best known for being a member in the 1990s rock group Bush - whose debut album Sixteen Stone went six times multi-platinum.

Rossdale, who was married to No Doubt star Gwen Stefani, previously appeared in the US version of the series two years ago.

He said: "I have always been extremely proud to fly the flag for British rock music and I can't wait to join this incredible panel and help discover some new talent."

Gavin Rossdale will complete the panel. Credit: Reuters

Emma Willis will return to the show after presenting the programme in 2014.

The Voice UK moved channels when ITV acquired its rights from BBC One in 2015.

The winning act will take home a recording contract with Polydor Records - home to acts including Ellie Goulding, Take That and The 1975.