An echo of Voice

The suc­cess of has en­sured it will be heard again, writes

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY TV -

IT’S enough to make you spin your chair around with ex­cite­ment – a sec­ond sea­son of The Voice is on the way. Just two weeks af­ter blast­ing into the lo­cal TV record books as the most-watched tal­ent show on de­but, Chan­nel 9 in­sid­ers have con­firmed an­other se­ries could be­gin pre-pro­duc­tion al­most as soon as the se­ries one live fi­nale airs in late June.

Celebrity coaches Seal, Keith Ur­ban, Delta Goodrem and Joel Mad­den – who fi­nalised their team se­lec­tions on Tues­day, be­fore next week’s ‘‘bat­tle rounds’’ – have op­tions to re­turn for a sec­ond sea­son writ­ten into their con­tracts, an op­tion Nine is un­der­stood to be des­per­ate to pur­sue.

An in­sider says in­for­mal dis­cus­sions have be­gun with the stars, who all in­di­cate they want to be in­volved again.

Nine’s faith in the Dutch for­mat and its stun­ning ex­e­cu­tion by Shine Australia has been re­warded by mon­ster au­di­ence fig­ures, which have crossed from small screen to so­cial me­dia.

Last week’s record launch re­sumed with spec­tac­u­lar rat­ings on Sun­day, Mon­day and Tues­day with 2.69, 2.51 and 2.42 mil­lion view­ers re­spec­tively.

Seal says the show’s suc­cess re­flected a broader ap­petite for pos­i­tiv­ity.

‘‘There is a shift, not just in mu­sic but so­cially, for peo­ple who are sick and tired of tak­ing plea­sure at other peo­ple sen­sa­tion­al­is­ing flaws in peo­ple,’’ he says.

‘‘What this is ac­tu­ally do­ing is cel­e­brat­ing tal­ent.’’

With the final teams of 12 acts now de­cided, the com­pe­ti­tion heats up from Mon­day when each coach must pit two of his dis­cov­er­ies against each other in a death-match duet.

Af­ter each per­for­mance the team leader then has to elim­i­nate one of the pair.

If the coach can’t de­cide they can press their but­ton, and again turn their chair to seek ad­vice from a men­tor be­hind them.

The show’s four coaches – Seal, Keith Ur­ban, Delta Goodrem and Joel Mad­den – now each have a sta­ble of 12 artists to men­tor to be­come The Voice.

Mon­days and Tues­days, Nine, NBN

judges Seal, Joel Mad­den, Delta Goodrem and Keith Ur­ban.

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