The new series of ‘The Voice’ is still months away from airing, but it appears new judges Paloma Faith and Boy George are not getting along too well. During auditions in Manchester earlier this week the two judges are said to have engaged in a heated argument, leaving Paloma in tears.

Boy GeorgeBoy George isn’t getting along too well with fellow ‘The Voice’ judge Paloma Faith.

According to The Mirror it all started when Paloma thought George was taking too long with his comments and the singer pretended to fall asleep and started snoring. When George called her up on it, Paloma said it was just banter, but he didn’t seem to see the funny side.

“You said you weren’t going to be bitchy and you’re being bitchy. You’ve probably got PMT or something, you were extremely rude,” George is reported to have said. “If you choose Paloma she will probably fall asleep while you sing.”

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George is then said to have told a contestant that he should come to his team because unlike Paloma, the Culture Club singer has had number one hits in America.

“I am really happy with what I have done and continue to progress, maybe I haven’t had as long in the game as George but hopefully one day I will,” Paloma retorted. The singer then  tried to ease tensions by making funny faces, but George wasn’t impressed and reportedly told her, “Don’t give it if you can’t take it”.

The row happened during Monday’s auditions at Media City in Manchester. Speaking to the crowd afterwards, fellow judge said, “That was super intense, I don’t think I want to go backstage any more, I’ll stay out here instead.” 

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While Ricky Wilson added, “The fires have been lit, here we go!” Paloma and Boy George are new editions to the talent show’s judging panel, replacing Tom Jones and Rita Ora who left earlier this year. 'The Voice's' latest series is set to air early 2016.

A spokesman for 'The Voice' later confirmed the incident saying, “All four coaches are fighting hard for the best talent on their teams. Competition and banter maybe lively on camera but professional rivalry is left at the studio door. We think viewers are going to love the genuine passion that our new line up brings to 'The Voice' 2016.”