The Voice set to sing

Nine’s new talent show The Voice begins production next week.

All four coaches, Seal, Keith Urban, Delta Goodrem and Joel Madden, will hear more than 120 singers perform.

Michael Healy, Nine’s Director of Television, said: “To secure such world-class coaches has been a coup for this show and the network. The mix of talent and unique format will, we truly believe, be a captivating experience for our viewers.”

Julie Ward, Director of Entertainment Shine Australia, added: “There is something magnetic about this format. It has attracted the highest quality of professionals to be our coaches and they are genuinely passionate about giving something back to a new generation of talent.

“Just as we have attracted great coaches, we have amazing singers who see this as more than a reality TV show. This isn’t a format for wannabes and shower singers. The majority of our artists are pursuing music as a career path. Great singers with great songs, every show will be a concert,” she  said.

Hosted by Darren McMullen (The Magicians, Minute To Win It, Love In The Wild) and based on a Dutch format, the show has three stages of competition: the Blind Auditions, the Battle phase, and Live performance show.

It will air on Nine in the coming months.


  1. They did a really bad job with the ticketing for the first show….. hundred or so people were turned away as they were full…. many parents with their kids were pissed!

  2. Oh dear, what a direct copy of the US team … The Country guy, the Black guy, the Rock guy, and the blonde princess! Too obvious … Seal and Madden should have been replaced by Aussies … poor effort.

  3. i have heard that ‘The Voice’ is is rumored to go up against ‘AGT’ because channel 9 want to capitalise on the Brian vs Delta thing. I hope this is not true but if it is the people at channel 9 are complete d!ckheads.

  4. @The Other Adam : Seal is English. And far from being a one hit wonder, he has a healthy catalogue of hits (Killer, Kiss From A Rose, Crazy, Prayer For the Dying….).

  5. I had to look up who Joel Madden is (gawd, I hate his band!!!) but think it’s a coup to get such a name line-up of judges. I got a lot of time for Seal, too. But talent and singing shows are a dime a dozen and I’m sick to death of them. I won’t be watching.

  6. X factor and idol don’t air the ‘cattle call’ stage either it’s done in front of producers. I still think the voice starts at the same stage x factor and idol do just with a small fraction of the amount of acts.

  7. Don’t think it’s like Idol really…I thought the audition process was not anyone and everyone turning up at a convention centre, slapping a number on their chest and belting out karaoke hits.

    Isn’t it for genuine vocal talents, not anyone who reckons they can sing a bit?

    So there won’t be Idol style disaster auditions where someone who can’t sing a note goes in front of a selection panel and makes a fool of themselves. At least haven’t seen any…

    By the look of the US Version, many of the people who audition are semi-established artists, or at least are aspiring singers with some vocal background.

    So where as Idol gets many tens of thousands going to open auditions, ‘The Voice’ only auditions serious vocal talent, hence only 120+ hopefuls.
    Can’t imagine an artist of Keith Urban’s stature sitting through thousands of hopeless singers assaulting his eardrums! Ouch.

    There’s some great youtube clips of US Season 2 moments, the US one is fantastic. The 4 stars are great…cool chemistry. Hopefully the Oz version gets the same out of Urban, Seal, Delta and Joel.

    best youtube clip is NBC ‘The Voice Season 2 Sneak Peek’.

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