The Voice is back
CHARLIE Sheen ruined the word “winning” for most people. The Voice Australia coach Seal, the man who guided Karise Eden to victory on WIN’s ratings blockbuster last year, is “weary” of the word for a whole different reason.
While the gravel- throated songstress was the undeniable find of the series, Seal argues “everyone that came on the show – the 48 who made it to the battles that year, the coaches, the team [ behind the scenes] – won”.
Making Australian TV history, with an average of more than 3.2 million viewers tuning in for Eden’s crowning, The Voice captivated viewers in a way even the production’s Dutch creators, Talpa, could not have imagined.
So when that winning formula was threatened by the surprise exit of coach Keith Urban late last year, the question was inevitably asked: can WIN strike gold again with The Voice?
Cue the matador, Ricky Martin, sweeping to centre stage with all the Latin flair and charisma that has made him an international superstar for the past two decades.
Adding Martin and his larger- thanlife personality to the mix of Seal, Joel Madden and Delta Goodrem was, of course, a risk, but those who have seen him shake his bon bons in that big red chair are convinced it will pay off, big time.
“I like him, he brings it and it’s great for the show,” Seal said.
The diversity of talent this year crossing musical genres and age groups is proof of the show’s reach and will broaden its appeal – if that’s possible.
Madden jokes his choices in particular take the Good Charlotte rocker beyond the “hot chicks” who populated his team last year.
“All the hot chicks last year sang good – lucky me. It’s like I can hear hot through the back of my chair … I can always tell when it’s a pretty girl.”
Laughs aside, the tattooed frontman sat his team down this year and set them straight on the hard work it would take to make it on the show.
“I said, ‘ Right now out in the world, on this show and in studios and rehearsal rooms, there’s an artist that wants to be where you’re at, wants to be where you want to go and they’re working harder than you right now. That’s how I look at my career and that’s how I want you guys to look at your careers.’”
Seal says he feels the weight of expectation too, but believes the opportunity to shine maketh the star.
“What you want everybody to do is come in with this attitude that you’re not here just to win, but to win beyond. If you get to work with some great coaches, some great mentors, if you get the opportunity to perform on a national stage, you really have to see that as winning,” he said.
The Kiss From A Rose singer was embraced by the series and its national fan base at a time when he needed it most, flying over for filming last year just as his marriage to model Heidi Klum had fallen apart.
He admits the phenomenal success of the show and the relationships he built with his co- stars and artists soothed his soul, even inspiring a new single, Let Yourself.
In the new season, he brings the same philosophical approach to coaching but will shock some fans with his vulnerability during the blind auditions. Sharing stories of his own angst- ridden climb to the top, Seal says his hard- bitten experience is what he can give back to Voice artists now.
“The artists aren’t looking to have a hit, they’re looking to have a career and if you want to have a career you have to have resilience. It’s that simple. It’s a hard- knock life, and yes, it’s glamorous, but it’s tough. You see it all the time, with people who don’t have the resilience. People like Amy Winehouse, they just didn’t have that fortitude. They crack. I almost cracked, so I know.”
THE VOICE, WIN, tonight, 6.30pm