Dar­ren Cartwright

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Celebrity Ap­pren­tice

TThe Voice HE Voice coaches must start get­ting tough, end the niceties and be­gin strongly cri­tiquing the singers on the hit tal­ent show, says for­mer Aus­tralian Idol judge Ian ‘‘Dicko’’ Dickson.

Dickson, re­cently crowned win­ner of Celebrity Ap­pren­tice, says Delta Goodrem, Seal, Joel Mad­den and Keith Ur­ban have been pos­i­tive enough but now they need to mould their artists with con­struc­tive crit­i­cism.

A self-con­fessed The Voice ad­dict, Dickson says the four coaches have to think be­yond the show’s end and how their in­flu­ence and ad­vice can launch a suc­cess­ful ca­reer.

‘‘I am ab­so­lutely ob­sessed with this show, but I do scream at the TV set be­cause I want them to be crafted into artists,’’ he says. ‘‘I would like to see how they are go­ing to make money out of these artists. I want to see some artistry.’’

Dickson says all of the con­tes­tants have proven be­yond doubt they are bril­liant singers. But he ques­tions whether they are good enough to sell records purely on their voice alone. He says Seal, Mad­den, Ur­ban

The Voice: and Goodrem need to start groom­ing their singers to be en­ter­tain­ers so they can at­tract thou­sands of fans.

‘‘Raw tal­ent and a great voice is never go­ing to be it,’’ Dickson says. ‘‘It’s only about 30 per cent. They have to start shap­ing them up.

‘‘They should be say­ing, ‘that fell short’, ‘this is what I want you to do’, ‘this is what I want more of’.’’

Be­sides years of work­ing in the mu­sic in­dus­try with ma­jor la­bels, Dickson had two stints as a judge on Aus­tralian Idol with a pull-no-punches at­ti­tude, which tended to rub peo­ple up the wrong way.

Dickson has re­gret­ted some of the nasty com­ments he let fly on Idol and he says The Voice coaches do not need to go that far. But he says they do need to start shoot­ing from the hip if they want to do the show and the artists jus­tice.

‘‘It can’t just be a singing con­test,’’ Dickson says. ‘‘You have to of­fer a pot of gold at the end and change their life and their fam­i­lies’ life.’’

Nine, NBN.

Mon­days, 7.30pm, win­ner Ian Dickson says it’s time for coaches to get crit­i­cal, writes

Time to fine tune the tal­ented

The Voice

men­tors Seal, Joel Mad­den, Delta Goodrem and Keith Ur­ban

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