The Daily Telegraph reports that Smith was dropped because Nine deemed her appearance as giving her an an “unfair advantage” over contestants.
Channel Nine’s director of development Adrian Swift said, “This was not a decision we … took lightly. Our priority … is all of the artists are on a level playing field.”
Smith said, “It saddens me that I am leaving The Voice earlier, much earlier, than I had hoped.
“However, I’ve loved every minute of it and respect the decision that has been made.”
Many of The Voice contestants have enjoyed professional engagements, with about half the acts being invited to appear on the show by producers.
However, once they reached the blind auditions, there were contractual restrictions regarding professional work.
It’s not the first time Reality contestants have been booted for breaching the rules with MasterChef‘s Mat Beyer famously booted last year for using a smartphone. The Biggest Loser kicked out contestant Luke Stephens in February for being drunk in The Biggest Loser camp.
It isn’t clear whether Smith will be replaced by Michelle Serret-Cursio whom she defeated in the Battle Rounds.
Updated: A Nine release states: “In a move determined to be in the spirit of the show, Joel Madden’s team member Carmen Smith, will leave The Voice prior to the live shows on Monday.
“Carmen has a significant role in the new music video from Guy Sebastian and as such would be deemed to have an unfair advantage as the show moves into the public voting stage as the video is on current release and highly visible.”
“Nine Network Director of Development Adrian Swift said: ‘This was not a decision we and Team Joel took lightly. Our priority as we move into the voting period toward the finale is that all of the artists are on a level playing field. In our business we are often confronted by these tough decisions and unfortunately at this time it’s been decided that it isn’t appropriate for her to remain in our competition. We wish Carmen well and thank her for a wonderful contribution to the show thus far.'”
In the spirit of the show? Seriously? In the spirit of the show the host should have been sacked after appearing on Mornings and blasting a former contestant.