AUS­TRALIA’S BEST IN SHOW

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BASED on a for­mat that orig­i­nated in the Nether­lands two years ago, The Voice was soon syn­di­cated in sev­eral coun­tries in a bid to ri­val pre­vi­ously un­stop­pable fran­chises such as Idol and The X Fac­tor. But not all ver­sions are cre­ated equal. ‘‘ The Voice in Aus­tralia is dif­fer­ent from shows in other ter­ri­to­ries,’’ says Seal. ‘‘I’ve seen cer­tain things hap­pen­ing in Amer­ica which I don’t par­tic­u­larly care for — lots of bick­er­ing and be­hind-thescenes non­sense.’’ While the US se­ries, which counts Christina Aguil­era and Adam Levine among its coaches, has suf­fered a re­cent rat­ings de­cline, it is the UK ver­sion that has been deemed a re­sound­ing fail­ure, los­ing half of its orig­i­nal au­di­ence by the fi­nal. Pro­duc­ers from over­seas are said to be study­ing as­pects of The Voice Aus­tralia, such as the chem­istry be­tween the coaches and nur­tur­ing tone, to em­u­late its success in­ter­na­tion­ally.

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