An echo of Voice
The success of has ensured it will be heard again, writes
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.