That was because Nine had a contract with her for The Voice and House Husbands that precluded her from working for another network.
With production getting underway in early December things could have been very dicey if Nine had opted to play hardball.
In TV networks often do play hardball where there are contractual obligations. But it’s also in Nine’s interests to keep such a profile star on side.
Nine’s Director of TV Michael Healy was instrumental in accommodating Goodrem’s ambitions for a profile role. It was a marked contrast to the Mel B case when Seven went to court to stop the UK singer joining Australia’s Got Talent.
A Nine spokesperson indicated that the network was relaxed that everything had now been sorted.
“We are proud of our long running relationship with Delta and look forward to her being back on Series 6 of The Voice and her new role with House Husbands. She is a true superstar and we enjoy a great relationship with her,” they said.
But there will be some caveats to the arrangements, with Seven unable to promote the project until her contract with Nine is up (House Husbands has already completed filming). A small price to pay for a crisis averted.
The Olivia project takes a break over Christmas before resuming under director Shawn Seet and is set to air on Seven next year.
FremantleMedia declined to comment.