Today Tonight sings for The Voice

By David Knox on April 18, 2012 / Filed Under News 8

Seven jumped on the bandwagon for The Voice last night as it screened a Today Tonight story on legally-blind singer Rachel Leahcar.

The 18 year old’s performance of French classic La Vie En Rose wowed the judges, social media and the press. With 2.5m viewers watching, why wouldn’t TT want a slice of the buzz?

It detailed some of her teenage singing performances, without ever mentioning Channel Nine.

News Limited today details her failure to win a place on Australia’s Got Talent, which oddly didn’t make the Seven story.

TT did manage to also profile a talented AGT singer, 18 year old Cody Bell, who sang Stevie Wonder’s Lately. His performance was seen by around 1.2m viewers, well below the 2.5m for The Voice.

With Seven’s talent show severely lagging Nine’s, it was so important to reinforce AGT that Today Tonight even claimed 2011’s Emmanuel Kelly brought AGT judges to tears when he sang Imagine.

Not quite.

As the footage clumsily showed, the nation first saw him singing onĀ The X Factor.


  1. AUSteve April 18, 2012 at 10:27 pm -

    I love how all the Nine lovers come out when they have a massive hit once in how many years? Seven have always just fought back just the same way Nine and ACA do it, plunging their own shows and “disgracing” the other channels. Why is Seven the one that copes the flack when the others do just as bad.

  2. damo April 18, 2012 at 4:09 pm -

    jumping on the band wagon of another show on a different network. what’s new with this network

  3. Moanique April 18, 2012 at 1:39 pm -

    Being blind doesn’t make singing any more difficult. I don’t see what all the fuss about.

  4. Chris N. April 18, 2012 at 11:48 am -

    Story: Everybody likes singing. Speaking of singing, Channel 7 has some singing 7:30 Tuesdays!

  5. ricoz April 18, 2012 at 9:11 am -

    After the blind auditions thought, isn’t the Voice just going to be another X Factor where they all vote each of the mentors singers out of the comp? There is nothing orginal these day, I’m so suprised after so many years of singing shows that the Voice can pull these numbers!

  6. James April 18, 2012 at 8:41 am -

    Ofcourse Channel7 have to get some of Nine’s action. Well all I can say is: Channel7 = Sore Losers

  7. cleavy April 18, 2012 at 7:29 am -

    this whole business of “cross promotion masquerading as a story” is well and truly out of hand

  8. MuchoTB April 18, 2012 at 5:14 am -

    After watching The Voice on Nine last night I have to say, I loved it.

    I have previously said that the chemistry between the judges wouldn’t have been as solid as the NBC or BBC versions. I was wrong! Seal and Joel Madden are amazing judges and the best thing about the panel is there is no childish bitterness, arguing, and juvenile back and forth like there is on the NBC version with Adam Levine and Xtina.

    Even Delta and Keith are pretty good! Nine are onto a real winner here, IIRC even Idol in its first two seasons didn’t do this well, back in 2003 and 2004

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