Tonnes of tal­ent

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Aus­tralia’s wannabe singers are set to bat­tle it out as The Voice kicks off on the Nine Net­work. The show’s host So­nia Kruger tells Danielle McGrane what to ex­pect.

Un­til The Voice came along, Play School was the only TV show where a chair played such an im­por­tant role. Now, com­ing into its sixth sea­son on Aus­tralian TV, the Nine Net­work tal­ent show has made its four red chairs al­most as fa­mous as the coaches who sit on them, although this year it could be hard to out­shine Des­tiny’s Child’s Kelly Row­land and ’80s pop star Boy Ge­orge, who have both joined the show. The two su­per­stars will be seated along­side re­turn­ing coaches Seal and Delta Goodrem in the search for some of the coun­try’s most tal­ented peo­ple, and this sea­son their net has been stretched far and wide. “They went a lot wider in terms of the search this year, not just to the cap­i­tal cities but to re­gional ar­eas, and I think we’ve got a lot more re­gional peo­ple in there,” the show’s host So­nia Kruger says. “There’s one in par­tic­u­lar, his name is Sam and he sings dif­fer­ently from how he speaks. The chem­istry be­tween these four mu­si­cal le­gends is as much a part of the show as the tal­ented con­tes­tants, and Kruger has al­ready seen some sparks fly­ing. She may even find her­self work­ing as a ref­eree once the live shows kick off.

Kruger: “There have been a few dis­agree­ments about cer­tain things and I just won­der how it’s go­ing to go when the pres­sure is re­ally on in those live shows.”

He’s re­ally ocker. The coaches think it’s hi­lar­i­ous be­cause he’s like, ‘G’Day mate, stone the crows’, but when he sings he doesn’t sound any­thing like that. So it’s quite weird.” “There are a cou­ple of mo­ments be­tween Ge­orge and Seal – now they are both at opposite ends of those chairs so phys­i­cal dis­tance might have some­thing to do with it – but they have dis­agreed on a num­ber of things,” she says. But that ten­sion is as much a part of the tal­ent show as the mu­sic, and even Kruger is keen to see how it will all go. “The thing is that Ge­orge is mak­ing me equal parts ex­cited and ner­vous about the live shows,” she says. “I’m just watch­ing this one play out. They’re very po­lite but there have been a few dis­agree­ments about cer­tain things and I just won­der how it’s go­ing to go when the pres­sure is re­ally on in those live shows.” The coaches have an ex­tra round to play with this year, with the in­tro­duc­tion of the knock­outs sand­wiched be­tween the blind au­di­tions and the bat­tle round. It means more peo­ple will go home be­fore the live stages and it gives each coach the op­por­tu­nity to steal an artist from an­other coach’s group.

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