AUSTRALIA’S BEST IN SHOW
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.