tele­vi­sion: Stars search for The Voice ............................

A crowded genre is about to get larger still with the im­pend­ing launch of Chan­nel 9’s writes

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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.

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