The Voice set to sing on Nine

By David Knox on May 22, 2011 / Filed Under News 52

Shine Australia will produce an Australian version of talent quest The Voice for Nine.

The US version, which features Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton has debuted strongly, attracting an audience of almost 12 million viewers.

Based on a Dutch format, The Voice of Holland, it requires judges to audition singers, ‘blind’ by listening to the acts with their backs to them.

It also has a greater focus on coaching and ”real talent”.

Shine Australia was also behind the now-cancelled TEN series, Don’t Stop Believing.

Source: smh.com.au

52 Comments »

  1. Bailey December 8, 2011 at 2:26 am -

    is Delta going to bring her toyboy?

  2. Alison August 30, 2011 at 9:40 pm -

    It seems Ch9 are looking at having totally off shore judges & want Christina as one of the,. So do not be so quick to judge it a flop. There is no way they would use Eddie as host he is already over exposed on Tv. (unfortunately as I can’t stand him) Ch 9 could use Hamish Blake or Andy Lee (whom no one has thought off but who are genuinely nice guys) to host. There are other new talents as well that 9 has just unfortunately they do tend to stick to tried & tested hosts. An Australian Version of The Voice has to be better than Young Talent Time which 10 is bringing back lol. If they are bringing in overseas talent how about Pink? She adores Australia. Just a thought.

  3. brooke August 9, 2011 at 11:24 pm -

    welll i think a channel is Just a channel it doesnt matter, the voice is like every other talent show it gives normal people the chance to live there dreams …

  4. Celeste July 21, 2011 at 10:00 pm -

    I can’t wait, I want to try to enter! I just don’t know were to enter,

  5. TheVoiceFan July 3, 2011 at 9:24 pm -

    The Wiki said it was going to be:
    Judges
    Tina Arena
    Shannon Noll
    Darren Hayes
    Delta Goodrem
    Presenter
    Jessica Mauboy
    This was on the Wiki but has now been removed, so the show may already be cancelled?

  6. Tina June 6, 2011 at 11:27 am -

    I personally cannot wait, Ive been waiting for this to arrive in Australia so I can give it a go. Im interested to see who the judges will be when it hits channel 9

  7. Miss S May 24, 2011 at 1:30 pm -

    There is a clip on You Tube about it and it looks like a goer to me

    youtube.com/watch?v=l6ffNYMSEkk

  8. Alf May 23, 2011 at 7:06 pm -

    Jules or Shelley, grating it is.

  9. Moanique in Brisbane May 23, 2011 at 3:12 pm -

    Actually Nine have done quite a few talent shows over the years, maybe not the main franchises like idol etc. There was Star Search a few years back, and also Search for a Star. And who could forget Starstruck, the show modelled on the hugely successful British show Stars in Their Eyes, where each contestant impersonates a musical icon’s look and voice. I think The Voice would be better suited to TEN though.

  10. Allie May 23, 2011 at 9:45 am -

    Australia cannot really support three talent show formats, methinks, and it does sound dangerously close to The X-Factor. We do not have the massive pool of untapped talent that the US has. As others have pointed out, Nine have zero history with this kind of format, so will be interesting to see if they make a decent fist of it or whether it gets punted to GO. I am cringing already at who Nine will get to host this, as their talent pool is so very tired and stale. I think they should recruit someone from outside the network stable for this one.

  11. Russell May 23, 2011 at 3:49 am -

    To everyone saying we don’t have the talent pool – what a lame argument. The Netherlands (where this show is from) has a fraction of our population. So do dozens of Euro nations that have many more “talent” competition shows than us.
    “The Voice of Holland” was massive and beat Dutch X Factor and Dutch Idol all from a nation of 16 million people (we have 24 million)

    They also did not have Christina, Adam etc – they used big Dutch names – and the show still was huge.

  12. Russell May 23, 2011 at 3:47 am -

    @Pete – in the US total viewers is meaningless. It’s all about 18-49. That makes Voice the #2 show on TV right now behind Idol. After Idol ends this week Voice will be the #1 show on US TV. It i also the #1 new show of the season. I’d call that massive

  13. pete May 23, 2011 at 2:24 am -

    Jerome, I will beg to differ with you. The Voice is not “massive” on NBC. It has aired 4 weeks now, and has beat Glee every time, but beat Dancing with the stars only in its first 2 weeks. Its premier episode had some 12 million viewers, and by week 4 its almost down to 9 million. Considering Idol still hits in the high teen to low 20 millions after about 8 American seasons, rest assured the numbers for season 1 of the Voice arent “massive”.Great show by the way. I was in New York and caught the first 2 eps.

  14. deedeedragons May 22, 2011 at 11:45 pm -

    Eddie won’t host but it will be someone almost as grating, Jules Lund or Shelly Craft for example.

  15. ohyeah May 22, 2011 at 11:43 pm -

    @ pete… James Mathison will most likely be the host.
    and i dont think it will fail…
    why are u so anti 9??? please explain!

  16. Jerome May 22, 2011 at 11:36 pm -

    @Pete, the NBC version is massive. It is 2nd only to American Idol, taking dancing with the stars crown that it has held for 5 years.

    The issue an Aus version will have is that, unlike America, the X factor came first. To an American the whole teaming up with mentors is a new thing.

  17. pete May 22, 2011 at 11:16 pm -

    Seriously on 9? fail ail fail all over it. Lets not kid ourselves its not a Huge hit on NBC. Its just not a big as a failure as the rest of their recent programming. So on 9 which of their hasbeens or wannabees will they trot out for this? Catriona? Eddie? Jules? or maybe they will push B1 and B2 onto it to get some value for the millions they are throwing at them! This needs to be on 10 for any chance of survival

  18. Peter May 22, 2011 at 10:16 pm -

    Almost 12 million US viewers… so on CH9 expect week 1 to get 700,000, week 2 to be moved to 9.30pm, then week 3 moved to GO, then finally axed hahaha.

  19. Andrew_81 May 22, 2011 at 7:56 pm -

    As long as they get proper music industry people / singers and no one from Idol., it could work. They need to be from different genre’s too so it would be

    Country:
    Pop:
    R&B
    Alternative:

    Suggestions please.

  20. Todd May 22, 2011 at 7:29 pm -

    Damn, was really hoping Ten would get this show… it will fail at Nine, just watch! :(

  21. SGT May 22, 2011 at 7:17 pm -

    One word – Floptina.

  22. Matt May 22, 2011 at 6:49 pm -

    Oh geez! So not the right fit for Nine. This show is gimmicky. I very much doubt that it will last more than a couple of season’s in the US. Everyone is touting it as the next big thing but if I recall Rockstar : INXS was getting very similar figures on CBS and where is that now. In terms of a local version it would have to match the production values of the US show. Fremantle and Seven have set the bar pretty high with The X Factor and AGT in terms of the production values, the budget and investing in big name cast’s. Anything less the public will sniff out a dud and drop it faster than you can blink.

  23. MuchoTB May 22, 2011 at 5:38 pm -

    I’ve been watching the NBC version of this show and its quite entertaining! Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, CeeLo Green and even Christina Agiulera are all delightful as coaches/mentors, much more so than the panel on American Idol. There’s no ‘yeah dawg’ from Randy Jackson or canned lines from Simon/Paula here.

    That said, Nine doing this show has fail written all over it. Anyone remember The Singing Bee? Skating With the Stars? HomeMADE? Didn’t think so. Nine can’t produce successful reality television unless its titled ‘The Block’, and even that show was a remake of a decade-old concept.

    Also of note, where have all the Hey Hey Its Saturday fans gone off to?

  24. Chris May 22, 2011 at 5:12 pm -

    Maybe this is why they poached James Mathison?

  25. David Knox May 22, 2011 at 4:37 pm -

    Blind, or not blind is just a ploy for point of difference. Have never subscribed to the theory that 22m is too small to drive successful talent shows.

  26. steve May 22, 2011 at 3:50 pm -

    I agree Nine is not the network for such a show.

  27. Jerome May 22, 2011 at 3:23 pm -

    David, if you are talking about the blind audition philosophy then i agree.

    sounds like a naive gimmick to me, i dont think Idol or X factor have ever discriminated on looks, are they saying The Voice judges are incapable of doing the same unless their backs are turned?

    but more importantly its the 21st century, people are realistic, they accept that talent alone is not enough. you need 6 things to be a star; image, personality, entertainment factor, work ethic, confidence And talent, you can have all of those things without being good looking but you can’t judge them with backs turned.

    But that said, look at an American TV blog, everyone said the same for the NBC version and it turned out to be a hit, so we’ll have to wait and see.

  28. Kris May 22, 2011 at 2:49 pm -

    I’d consider auditioning for this one! Love the US version!

  29. David Knox May 22, 2011 at 2:29 pm -

    I seem to be one of the few that doesn’t agree with this philosophy!

  30. Casey May 22, 2011 at 2:18 pm -

    As Ten found out, Australia doesn’t have a large enough population to sustain
    reality talent themed game shows. They’d only work if done every 4 years.

  31. Adam May 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm -

    John Farnham should be judge

  32. Kenny May 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm -

    Sydney “Sunday Telegraph” still claiming it’s TEN. The page was probably written mid-week. Generally the Sunday page is just a rehash of weekday items.

  33. ohyeah May 22, 2011 at 1:50 pm -

    This show will not be hosted by eddie… I think they will be using someone from the music industry…

  34. ohyeah May 22, 2011 at 1:48 pm -

    @ Dan… so why will this flop?? I dont think this will flop.

  35. Kirk May 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm -

    It was only a matter of time… as people have pointed out, we just don’t have the talent pool to sustain all the singing competition shows like in the US. The last few seasons of Idol and X Factor proved that.

  36. DAN May 22, 2011 at 12:40 pm -

    flop

  37. john b May 22, 2011 at 11:15 am -

    Nine have zero history with this type of show so it will be interesting to see if it can find an audience. Surprised it didn’t go to Ten as they don’t have any performance/talent shows all year, and i think this is partly why Dancing and AGT are doing so well.

  38. Alex May 22, 2011 at 11:09 am -

    Judges?

  39. Guy May 22, 2011 at 11:05 am -

    As strange as it is that Daily Telegraph article is now non-existent. IMO i think they got it wrong. I just think Nine will kill this. Sorry TEN was a way better fit. Who is going to judge this? One thing for sure is either Jules, Catrina or Eddie will be host.

  40. David Knox May 22, 2011 at 10:55 am -

    I didn’t see Daily Telegraph article but SMH definitely says Nine for a local production. It would be odd to have different versions on rival networks.

    Dylan there is no contradiction.

  41. Craig H May 22, 2011 at 10:46 am -

    I said this elsewhere yesterday, when it looked like this would be going to TEN, and I will say it again, Australia needs another singing competition show like it needs a hole in the head! I shudder to think what nine will do with this. Jules Lund and Catriona Rowntree hosting, Bert and Darryl as judges..eek!

  42. Sedi May 22, 2011 at 10:29 am -

    I really do like this show and it takes xfactor to a whole new level. To me this decision seems very rushed, so I question its quality – particularly for nine which has a really poor reputation at times for australian reality shows. Also the australian singing talent pool is so small I dont know how they will find contestants, leta alone like 8 for each judge. Bring it down to like two for each judge and we might have a decent show.

  43. Jess May 22, 2011 at 10:14 am -

    This will be great

  44. Brett May 22, 2011 at 10:04 am -

    hmmmm, I’m not too sure about this for Nine. It really does not feel the right fit for them.

  45. Andrew_81 May 22, 2011 at 10:02 am -

    They must have read my tweet lol. Hopefully we have enough talent for this show, there are no shit singers at the start.

  46. Alf May 22, 2011 at 9:51 am -

    Let me guess, hosted by Eddie.

  47. MillerT1 May 22, 2011 at 9:48 am -

    Nine need a decent reality competition. This could be it.

  48. MattyJ May 22, 2011 at 8:41 am -

    I’ve been watching the American version for a few weeks now and it’s good (the auditions were the best part, now it feels a little like every other singing show), but who could the Aussie version get as judges that would keep us interested?

  49. chk chk May 22, 2011 at 8:27 am -

    I thought this was going to Ten??

  50. Dylan May 22, 2011 at 7:55 am -

    I think you are very confused – is it set for Nine or Ten? Reports on Friday had it for Ten and your headline and opening sentence are contradicted by the final sentence.

  51. newtaste May 22, 2011 at 7:14 am -

    On Friday, The Daily Telegraph had The Voice at Ten.

  52. Craig May 22, 2011 at 6:53 am -

    I know this has been some what of a rare hit for NBC in the US but come on another talent show!

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