Hunt goes wide for Urban’s placement on The Voice

By David Knox on September 18, 2012 / Filed Under News 22

The guessing game has been on for Keith Urban’s replacement on The Voice since last week.

John Farnham, Jimmy Barnes, Shannon Noll, Kylie Minogue have all been floated as wish list names.

Industry sources tell TV Tonight that contrary to rumours, Urban’s replacement does not need to be Australian.

Both local and international names are said to be under consideration.

Nor does the act need to be signed to Universal Records, the label that signs the winning act.


  1. squareyes September 18, 2012 at 11:02 pm -

    I like the idea of Pink. Would certainly bring some colour to the show. Pun intended.
    How about Hugh Jackman ?

  2. alfagirl September 18, 2012 at 4:20 pm -

    I seem to remember Kasey Chambers being an Australian Idol fan so she might seriously consider judging if asked. I am really having trouble thinking of any other Aussie that would fit the bill.

  3. MuchoTB September 18, 2012 at 3:26 pm -

    In the US they just announced that for series four of The Voice on NBC, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo will be replaced by Usher and Shakira.

    Couldn’t give a toss about the Australian version of The Voice, I tuned out after the audition rounds. I watched the first season of the American version when Javier Colon won and enjoyed it.

  4. The Other Adam September 18, 2012 at 2:19 pm -

    Kasey Chambers?

    Ticks both boxes (Country, Female)

  5. David Knox September 18, 2012 at 2:01 pm -

    Chris Isaak is a very good idea.

  6. jonno September 18, 2012 at 1:55 pm -

    How about Chris Isaak. Now he has personality and loves Australia. Still think we need an Aussie though. Keep comming back to Kasey Chambers. What about a wiggle.

  7. Shelley September 18, 2012 at 1:52 pm -

    Consistency with the US format would designate a country singer is needed to replace Keith. I don’t know if there is a suitable Aussie with the right profile though. James Blundell or Adam Brand maybe?

  8. dan September 18, 2012 at 1:00 pm -

    Jackie O ?

  9. David Knox September 18, 2012 at 12:58 pm -

    That’s gold.

  10. gregaus September 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm -

    Bob Downe!

  11. T-Mac September 18, 2012 at 12:10 pm -

    bettestreep2008: Pink has recently revealed that she has turned down at least one reality show gig in the past. I don’t think even Australia’s love for her would convince her to change her mind.

  12. deedeedragons September 18, 2012 at 11:54 am -

    Kelly Clarkson!
    Please 9 Throw some money her way!

  13. bettestreep2008 September 18, 2012 at 11:25 am -


  14. Mr. J September 18, 2012 at 11:00 am -

    The Voice likes to go for a pop, soul, rock, country judging panel. That is why Keith was great he was the trifecta of filling the country slot, Australian, and an international sucess. they won’t be able to replace that.

    Farnham, Barnes, and Noll would need some intensive personality coaching to get up to scratch, but even then, The Voice thrives on their modern, slick, high energy feel. a mould those 3 do not fit.

    Kylie would be great, i think people have really warmed to her over time, but would be better as a replacement for delta.

  15. Evan43 September 18, 2012 at 10:29 am -

    John Farnham would be my pick, and also replace Delta with Kylie Minogue.

  16. bettestreep2008 September 18, 2012 at 10:21 am -

    How about Kelly Rowland?

  17. Cheali September 18, 2012 at 10:20 am -

    I hope they do make it an Australian artist &/or country so that they are still representing that genre :( . I can’t say I love Keith, but sad to see him go. Hope all the others stay!

    I agree Bella, I hope it’s a female too, but don’t see that happening sadly. Not if Delta’s sticking around.

  18. David Knox September 18, 2012 at 9:54 am -

    LOL. The original nasty judge.

  19. ElKabong September 18, 2012 at 9:49 am -

    If only Bernard King was still with us.

  20. ohdenny September 18, 2012 at 9:25 am -

    Can’t say I’d be too happy with any of those names rumoured but then again, I can’t name a suitable judge either.

  21. David Knox September 18, 2012 at 7:28 am -


  22. Bella September 18, 2012 at 5:01 am -

    A female artist would be good. Just to balance it out so its not such a boys club. Are Delta, Joel and Seal confirmed to return?

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