Ro­nan Keat­ing

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Ro­nan Keat­ing may have spent a few years judg­ing on The X Fac­tor Aus­tralia, but his first days in the big red chair of The Voice left him feel­ing like a novice. Still, while it took him a while to find his feet and woo singers onto his team, he’s now in with a good chance to take it all the way to the end.

Your ad­di­tion to the panel of coaches this sea­son has brought some much needed hu­mour to the show ... I think it’s im­por­tant in life that no­body takes them­selves too se­ri­ously. Bring­ing in the light and shade is im­por­tant. We’re all hu­man be­ings, we’re all nor­mal, but some­times life puts you on a pedestal — and the truth is we’re all the same.

It’s good th­ese up and com­ing per­form­ers are be­ing taught that les­son early. It is. For me it’s im­por­tant peo­ple keep their feet on the ground and start as they mean to go on. One of my man­agers once said to me, ‘Be nice to peo­ple on the way up be­cause you need them on the way down’ and it’s so true. You never know what’s go­ing to hap­pen in life.

Com­ing to The Voice, what was the big­gest dif­fer­ence from The X Fac­tor? There’s a real sense of men­tor­ing, nur­tur­ing and guid­ance. It’s all about the artists and I love that. It’s a very or­ganic process which I’m re­ally en­joy­ing. I loved the X Fac­tor ... nei­ther is bet­ter, this is dif­fer­ent. And it’s im­por­tant I ap­proach it in a dif­fer­ent man­ner.

When you started on the show you strug­gled to get artists to join Team Ro­nan. Were you feel­ing like you’d end up with no­body? I re­ally did feel like that to be truly hon­est. I was like, ‘Oh my God I thought I had this in the bag.’ And then they weren’t pick­ing me. It was a wake up call but it was good.

Are you con­fi­dent one of your team can win? Con­fi­dence is a dan­ger­ous thing to have with this be­cause you re­ally don’t know. You’re putting your trust in some­one else to per­form — I’m not up there do­ing it.

How much time do you spend with your team? All day on Wed­nes­day I give them their songs and work on the songs with them. We spend quite a few hours on each artist. Fri­day I’m back in and we do stag­ing — what it’s go­ing to be like on stage. Satur­day we do a full re­hearsal day and we film on Sun­day. So it’s four out of seven days of the week.

Who are your artists’ big­gest threats? On Team Mad­den, Andrew’s (Load­man) fan­tas­tic, He’s a great singer and per­former and, for me, he’s one of the fron­trun­ners. For Team Jesse, Mikaela’s (Dean) strong­est and the funny thing was that Mikaela was orig­i­nally on my team and she was a save. When it comes to Team Delta, Kim Sheehy. She ab­so­lutely smashed (her first live show). She was com­posed, vo­cally mag­nif­i­cent, re­ally im­pres­sive.

THE VOICE, CHAN­NEL 9, SUN­DAY, 7PM

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