television: Stars search for The Voice ............................
A crowded genre is about to get larger still with the impending launch of Channel 9’s writes
DOES Australia need another TV talent show? We already have Australia’s Got Talent and The X Factor, both on Channel 7.
Channel 10 has Young Talent Time, recently bumped from Sunday to Friday.
Some say i’s an indication of rough times ahead, though Ten’s bosses say they hope the show will find its feet in a youth-friendly line-up ahead of Glee.
Channel 9, meanwhile, is about to launch The Voice.
The debut date is Sunday, April 15, at 6.30pm where it will debut before its broadcast from television’s night of nights, the TV Week Logie Awards.
The Voice is based on a format that is already doing big things in the US, UK and Europe.
The Australian version features Keith Urban, Delta Goodrem, Benji Madden and Seal as coaches who select performers they will take through to the finals from a blind audition series.
They don’t see the talent, just hear them perform for a studio audience.
Each will take 12 finalists through to battle rounds where they are coached with help from selected stars – Urban is joined by Megan Washington, Goodrem by Darren Hayes, Madden by his twin brother Joel and Seal by Gold Coastreared Ricki-lee Coulter.
Twelve finalists will be cut to six, who go through to live performance rounds. That’s when the public get to vote. Channel 9 is promoting its new bigbill, big budget show hard ahead of the launch of the next round of the ratings war, which launches post-easter.
Channel 7, meanwhile, will return with Australia’s Got Talent and its own cast of big star judges Brian Mcfadden, Dannii Minogue and Kyle Sandilands.
Former winners include last year’s 14-year-old victor Jack Vidgen, dance troupe Justice Crew, singer Mark Vincent and guitarist Joe Robinson.
With the exception of Robinson, perhaps, it is unlikely any will achieve the fame enjoyed by Australian Idol favourites Guy Sebastian, currently working as a judge on The X Factor, or runner-up Shannon Noll, who joins a new series of Dancing with the Stars, also slated for debut on Logies night.
Though Channel 7 has not yet announced a launch date for Australia’s Got Talent, the talk is it will debut soon after Easter.
The first potential star-in-making unveiled by the network this week is a singer songwriter called Laura Loe.
The 24-year-old from Melbourne tells judges Brian Mcfadden, Dannii Minogue and Kyle Sandilands that she has left it late to have a crack at the big time, because she wanted to finish her education first.
If you catch the clip you won’t see Loe perform but you will see the crowd and judges go wild.
‘‘Laura Loe you’re going to be a superstar,’’ says an excited Minogue.
Asked if her parents are in the audience, Loe reveals they are in Malaysia.
Enter show host Grant Denyer with a computer screen revealing Dad watched ‘‘every second of your performance’’. More clasp, cheers, screams and yells. ‘‘She’s fantastic, we love her,’’ Sandilands is heard to call above the noisy cheers of the crowd.
And yes . . . Loe is a yes, so she’s through to the next round.
coaches Keith Urban, Delta Goodrem, Benji Madden and Seal.
Ronan Keating, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Guy Sebastian and Mel B.
Brian Mcfadden, Dannii Minogue and Kyle Sandilands.