The Voice UK star Sir Tom Jones, 80, had admitted some of his more raunchy dance moves sparked complaints from BBC viewers. The Sex Bomb hitmaker was known for his gyrating hips while performing on stage, but it seems that some viewers believed they were too inappropriate for children’s TV shows.
Speaking out on the backlash he received, Sir Tom sent his “apologies to all concerned” by his performances on BBC’s Blue Peter and Crackerjack.
The star recalled in a recently unearthed interview from 2015: “The BBC received complaints when I sang on Blue Peter and Crackerjack in the 1960s.”
Tom went on to detail one particular complaint the broadcaster received from a parent of young children.
He continued: “One viewer wrote: ‘I don’t want that man moving like that in front of my young family. And at teatime, too.’
Elsewhere, Sir Tom recently opened up about a song “he can no longer listen to” because it reminds him of his romance with his late wife, Melinda Trenchard.
It comes after Tom’s beloved other half Linda died aged 75 on April 10, 2016, after a “short but fierce” battle with lung cancer.
The It’s Not Unusual hitmaker admitted he finds it hard to reminisce on his relationship with his childhood sweetheart, who he met when they were both teenagers at school, and that Frank Sinatra’s track The Hungry Years brings all of his memories back.
Sir Tom opened up about the heartbreaking story behind the song while taking part in creating a “Soundtrack of my Life”.
When quizzed on a song he “can no longer listen to”, the singer said while discussing The Hungry Years: “This song is about missing ‘those hungry years’. It jogs my memory of my wife and myself.
“We got married very young, you see, and she was with me up until five years ago when she had lung cancer and passed away.”
The star went on to reveal he attempted to perform the song as a duet with a contestant on The Voice UK, but he couldn’t do it without getting emotional.
Sir Tom added in a new interview with NME: “I tried to sing it as a duet with a lady on The Voice but every time I went to do it, I got a lump in my throat.”