Viewers united in vote for The Voice
It was the gig that compere Darren Mcmullen had to have, writes
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.’’
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host Darren Mcmullen.
Seal and Joel Madden.