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.’’
Mondays, 7.30pm, winner Ian Dickson says it’s time for coaches to get critical, writes
Time to fine tune the talented
mentors Seal, Joel Madden, Delta Goodrem and Keith Urban