Fresh Voice set to go, go, go
KEITH Urban’s shock departure from The Voice has ended up being a blessing in disguise for the reality singing series.
Host Darren McMullen says there was a moment of disbelief and total disappointment when Urban announced he was not returning for season two.
The country singer cited touring, recording and promotional commitments for leaving the Nine Network series but soon afterwards Urban accepted a judging role on American Idol.
McMullen initially thought the loss of Urban was a major blow for The Voice but that changed the minute energetic Puerto Rican American Ricky Martin set foot on stage.
‘‘We all thought Keith was irreplaceable,’’ McMullen says.
‘‘He was great for The Voice but Ricky has added a new dimension to the show. It’s freshened up the show without meaning to.’’
First season judges Joel Madden, Seal and Delta Goodrem return but this time around they have four new mentors.
Prolific US singer songwriter Ryan Tedder will work with Goodrem, Sneaky Sound System lead singer Connie Mitchell assists Seal, Ben Lee is Madden’s right-hand man and Jessica Mauboy joins Martin.
McMullen is guarded about what he can reveal about the second season of the 2012 ratings juggernaut.
He says Seal and Delta still have their disagreements and there are a lot more mind games between the four coaches.
The format has a few new twists with more ‘‘opportunities’’ for the artists but again McMullen wouldn’t elaborate.
As for his own role on the series, The Voice host says obviously media reports in 2012 suggesting he was going to be axed were wrong.
McMullan says he was in constant contact with Nine about the gossip surrounding his possible demise and says it could not have been further from the truth.
‘‘My relationship with Nine is good and I was told I was always coming back.’’
Debuts Sunday, April 7, 7.30pm, Nine, NBN Darren McMullen