View­ers united in vote for The Voice

It was the gig that com­pere Dar­ren Mcmullen had to have, writes

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OST Dar­ren Mcmullen is the least sur­prised about the re­al­ity tal­ent quest The Voice be­com­ing a Chan­nel 9 rat­ings jug­ger­naut. Mcmullen knew the for­mat of the show would be a sen­sa­tion Down Un­der when he spot­ted it on tele­vi­sion while work­ing in the US. Mcmullen didn’t wait to be asked to au­di­tion as the host. In­stead, he con­tacted bosses at Shine, the show’s mak­ers, to plead for the chance to be the first Aus­tralian com­pere.

‘‘I think like a lot of other peo­ple out there, I was like ‘se­ri­ously no, not an­other re­al­ity show about singing’ and I started watch­ing it and I was in­stantly hooked,’’ Mcmullen says. ‘‘As soon as I heard Shine had bought it here I called them up and said ‘I need to host this show’. ‘‘I am a mas­sive fan.’’ The chance to host The Voice did not come cheap for Mcmullen who hosted Love in the Wild for a US tele­vi­sion net­work.

‘‘I had to quit my NBC job to do it and it was well worth it,’’ he says.

The Voice hits the right note with tele­vi­sion view­ers across the coun­try. More than 2.5 mil­lion view­ers watched on Mon­day, more than dou­ble the rat­ings of any show on op­pos­ing net­works and up on Sun­day’s 2.177 mil­lion de­but.

The Voice fea­tures in­ter­na­tional mu­sic stars Seal, Keith Ur­ban and Joel Mad­den and Aus­tralian songstress Delta Goodrem choos­ing 12 con­tes­tants each they wish to coach. One con­tes­tant will be crowned The Voice.

‘‘It’s so dif­fer­ent, so re­fresh­ing and we are cel­e­brat­ing peo­ple with tal­ent rather than laugh­ing about them,’’ Mcmullen says.

‘‘We have four coaches not judges – no one is be­ing judged.’’

Satur­day to Tues­day, var­i­ous times, Nine, NBN.

host Dar­ren Mcmullen.

Seal and Joel Mad­den.

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