MOTHER MEN­TOR

She has no chil­dren (yet) but Delta Goodrem has hit her stride as a guide for the young per­form­ers of The Voice Kids tal­ent show

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV - COLIN VICKERY

Girls just wanna have fun. That’s cer­tainly the case with Delta Goodrem, who’s been a reve­la­tion on The Voice Kids.

Goodrem has been fun­nier, softer and more car­ing than she ever was on the adult ver­sion of the Chan­nel 9 tal­ent show.

The 29-year-old chart­top­per is yet to have chil­dren but has been a real mother hen to the 15 acts she has men­tored.

Girls and boys alike have swooned in Goodrem’s pres­ence. Even the par­ents have been starstruck. There have been hugs all around and only the oc­ca­sional tears.

Goodrem was a sur­prise choice to be a men­tor along­side Joel and Benji Mad­den as well as Mel B. Some crit­ics saw it as a de­mo­tion af­ter two years on the main show.

“There was a lot for me to weigh up switch­ing pro­grams, but it felt like the right thing be­cause it was about the next gen­er­a­tion (of sing­ing tal­ent),” Goodrem says. “A lot of young kids watch The Voice and I saw a lot of them (in the au­di­ence) on my last tour.

“I re­alise I don’t have chil­dren but it doesn’t mean I don’t have nat­u­ral nur­tur­ing in­stincts.”

Mel B has three chil­dren – Phoenix, An­gel and Madi­son – and she doesn’t soft-soap her views when it comes to con­tes­tant feed­back.

“I wouldn’t call it tough love. I’m just be­ing hon­est,” Mel B says. “I’ve got three girls my­self and they ap­pre­ci­ate it when you’re hon­est.

“I praise them (con­tes­tants) when they’re amaz­ing but if they’re mess­ing around, I’m go­ing to tell them.”

The Voice Kids has rated strongly for Nine, de­but­ing to more than 1.6 mil­lion view­ers across the five cap­i­tal cities and av­er­ag­ing well over 1 mil­lion across its run.

The Voice Kids fi­nal, Chan­nel 9, Sun­day, 7.40pm.

Mel B and Delta Goodrem have proved in­spi­ra­tional to young con­tes­tants and par­ents alike.

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