Martin in­va­sion

The Latin su­per­star is pre­pared to give all of him­self and let his nat­u­ral pas­sion shine through, writes Holly Byrnes

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CHAN­NEL your in­ner Ricky Martin, the one you’ve heard tell singers on Nine’s hyp­notic siz­zle reels for The Voice: ‘‘ This is the moment.’’

In­deed, it’s the hotly an­tic­i­pated moment when Aus­tralia’s favourite tele­vi­sion show of 2012 re­turns, with a new cast of mind-blow­ingly tal­ented con­tes­tants and the added spice of a new su­per­star in its coach­ing ranks.

The de­ci­sion to re­place Keith Ur­ban may have been re­gret­tably forced on the net­work and pro­duc­ers af­ter Ur­ban joined the now ill-fated re­vamp of Amer­i­can Idol.

But Martin has brought a new dy­namic, that Latin pas­sion, to The Voice. It has reen­er­gised the for­mat and in­stantly over­come the kind of com­pla­cency and lethargy that can plague any show in its sec­ond sea­son.

The screams alone for this in­ter­na­tional pin-up guar­an­teed the at­mos­phere dur­ing the blind au­di­tions and be­yond was off-the-chart elec­tric.

For the Puerto Ri­can sen­sa­tion, a gen­tler soul than his hip-thrust­ing, bon-bon shak­ing im­age would have you be­lieve, the de­ci­sion to join the

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