Leanne who BBC entertainment chief reveals that even he can't remember who won The Voice as Jessie J confirms that she will return to the show
15:57 GMT, 24 August 2012
The BBC's entertainment chief has been left red-faced after admitting he could not remember the name of the winner of The Voice.
Entertainment boss Mark Linsey embarrassingly failed to recall the surname of winner Leanne Mitchell as he spoke about Saturday night TV at Edinburgh Television festival.
His comments came as pop star Jessie J today confirmed that she will return for the second series next year.
Forgettable The Voice 2012 winner Leanne Mitchell with her mentor Tom Jones
Mr Linsey also revealed there would be a radical overhaul for the second series of the multi-million pound talent show, as BBC bosses prepare to slash the number of live shows – and instead show more of the 'spinning chair' audition shows.
The BBC TV talent show suffered plummeting ratings following the popular blind auditions, where the coaches sat with their back to hopefuls.
Speaking at Edinburgh, it was suggested that talent shows were only worthwhile if a memorable star emerged.
Mr Linsey was then asked about the winner of The Voice 'Leanne'.
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He was then asked by a fellow panellist taking part in the discussion, what her surname was.
He replied: 'Leanne – wonderful, wonderful singer. I can't remember it. I had a late night last night.'
Yesterday, BBC3 boss Zai Bennett had also been unable to name the winner of The Voice.
Miss Mitchell's debut single after winning the show, Run To You, debuted at a disappointing chart position of 45.
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But viewers would perhaps expect those responsible at the BBC for overseeing the show to know the name of the winner.
Blunder: BBC entertainment chief Mark Linsey couldn't remember Leanne's name
Mr Linsey also revealed that the corporation is making major changes for the next series of the show.
He told the conference: 'We are going to find a way to keep the blind auditions into the later stages….Yes there will be less live shows.'
The Voice peaked at nearly 12million during the 'blind audition' phases but shed many millions of viewers once the live shows started.
On Twitter, Jessie J told her fans: 'WILL be a coach on the 2nd series of The Voice UK! I'm B B B BACK! As I have always said.'
She also posted: 'The Voice UK Series 2… Are you ready! I AM ;)'
It is still unclear whether her fellow coaches, Sir Tom Jones, Danny O'Donoghue and Will.i.am will return, although BBC bosses hope they will.