Seal of approval for Voice stint
Coaching our new talent ‘saved’ UK star
British singer Seal says he chooses to remember the good times on reality singing show The Voice. The popular singer and performer won’t be returning to the show next year but credits The Voice with giving him purpose when he first joined the panel of coaches in 2012.
“It was educational, always emotional, energy-driven, most of all I got to work with the incredible talent out there, which was always my favourite part,” he told Confidential ahead of his 2018 Australian tour that will see him perform at the ICC Sydney Theatre on March 30, as well as playing Byron Bay Bluesfest. “In many ways The Voice, when I first went on it, it kind of saved me in that I came to Australia at a time that I needed to believe in something really worthwhile. Those are my experiences with The Voice, and those are my memories, and I just want to keep it that way.” Seal famously didn’t get along with rival coach Boy George on the most recent series of the show, the pair sparring regularly throughout the series. “Boy George has very little to do with my experience on The Voice. My focus was with the talent that you have in that incredible country. I didn’t spend too much time thinking about Boy George, to be quite honest. From what I understand, that was more stuff that I guess TV people do,” said Seal, whose new album of jazz classics, Standards, is out now.
“For me personally, my focus and my reason for being there was to get the opportunity to be a part of someone’s journey, someone’s career. Those are the memories that I love most.”
Of his run of shows, which will include stops in Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, he added: “It will be a combination of these great songs, and of course I can say that because I didn’t write them, and some good ones, some ones that I wrote. It will be a collaborative event as usual, lots of dialogue and conversational. And there will be a oneness to it that I try to bring to all my shows in that I don’t really see it as performing to the audience. I see it as us as one big collaborative team performing together.”