The Voice has them all in a spin.
Media articles today barely mention tomorrow’s Dancing with the Stars. It’s all about Nine’s talent show finale, which stretches across two nights.
Who will win? How big will it go? Why is it such a hit? Who has been hit by the flu? It’s all under the microscope in the lead-up to the big night.
Karise Eden is considered the front-runner based on local iTunes sales, but there is a theory that the Twitter followers of Joel Madden (and wife Nicole Richie) could swing the votes Sarah de Bono’s way. She could attract Facebook votes from overseas with the potential of never having been viewed by some of the people voting for her.
Meanwhile The Australian says of its success:
Its Monday night finale – after a Sunday night denouement – is expected to approach the 4.6 million viewers MasterChef Australia attracted for its second season finale in 2010. And it will do so in an environment in which viewers will feel even more part of the experience than they did at their MasterChef cooking parties.
Viewers will see their encouraging tweets on screen, they’ve contributed two votes to their favourite performer by buying a song on iTunes (at the time of writing Karise Eden’s version of Hallelujah is No 1 on the retail site) or they’ll dissect the program with friends on Facebook or Twitter as it happens. It appears to be a renaissance for reality TV programming; it certainly helped spark Nine’s ratings and commercial renaissance.
The Sydney Morning Herald also speculates on the audience numbers:
The closest comparative would be the top-rating second season of MasterChef Australia. That drew an average weekly audience of about 1.7 million and on its final night attracted 3.5 million for the show and 3.9 million for the winner’s announcement. (The two parts of big finals are ”coded” separately for ratings purposes.)
Inclusive of regional ratings, that MasterChef final had a total national audience of about 5.7 million.
The Herald Sun says flu has hit the show hard:
Singer Rachael Leahcar has been hardest hit, completely losing her voice midweek. Coach Seal, host Darren McMullen and singer Darren Percival have also been struck down. The Voice’s entire production team has also been bed-ridden after contracting the virus. It is taking more than a week for people to recover from the illness.
An entire production team bed-ridden? That sounds extreme!
At this rate The Voice could be without a voice.