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THE VOICE ON SONG FOR SEA­SON AN­OTHER SMASH-HIT

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - FRONT PAGE -

THE VOICE Tonight, 6.30pm, Nine

CHAR­LIE Sheen ru­ined the word ‘‘win­ning’’ for most peo­ple.

The Voice Aus­tralia coach Seal, the man who guided Karise Eden to vic­tory on Chan­nel 9’s rat­ings block­buster last year, is ‘‘weary’’ of the word for a whole dif­fer­ent rea­son.

While the gravel-throated songstress was the un­de­ni­able find of the se­ries, Seal rightly ar­gues ‘‘ev­ery­one that came on the show, the 48 who made it to the bat­tles that year, the coaches, the team (be­hind the scenes), won’’.

Mak­ing Aus­tralian TV his­tory, with an av­er­age of more than 3.2 mil­lion view­ers tuning in for Eden’s crown­ing, The Voice cap­ti­vated view­ers across TV and on­line, in a way even the pro­duc­tion’s Dutch cre­ators, Talpa, could not have con­ceived.

So when that ‘‘win­ning’’ for­mula was threat­ened by the sur­prise exit of coach Keith Ur­ban late last year, the ques­tion was in­evitably asked: can Nine strike gold again with The Voice?

Cue the mata­dor, Ricky Martin, sweep­ing to cen­tre stage with all the Latin flair and charisma which has made him an in­ter­na­tional su­per­star for the past two decades.

Adding an­other al­pha male to the mix of Seal, Joel Mad­den and Delta Goodrem was, of course, a risk, but one those who have seen Martin shake his bon bons in that big red chair are con­vinced it will pay off, big time.

Seal is sold on the tal­ents of his new play­mate, de­scrib­ing him as ‘‘fan­tas­tic and passionate. I like him, he brings it and it’s great for the show’’.

So too those singers who stepped up for blind au­di­tions, know­ing the pres­sure would be on them to per­form, es­pe­cially the sec­ond sea­son around.

The di­ver­sity of tal­ent this year – cross­ing mu­si­cal gen­res and age groups – is proof of the show’s reach and will broaden its ap­peal; if that’s pos­si­ble.

Mad­den jokes that his choices, in par­tic­u­lar, take the Good Char­lotte rocker be­yond the hot chicks who pop­u­lated his team last year.

‘‘All the hot chicks last year sang good. Lucky me. It’s like I can hear hot through the back of my chair . . . I can al­ways tell when it’s a pretty girl.’’

Laughs aside, the tat­tooed front man sat his team down this year and set them straight on the hard work it would take to make it on the show.

‘‘I said, ‘Right now out in the world, on this show and in stu­dios and re­hearsal rooms, there’s an artist that wants to be where you’re at, wants to be where you want to go and they’re work­ing harder than you right now. That’s how I look at my ca­reer and that’s how I want you guys to look at your ca­reers’. Some­times peo­ple think that I just f--- around and have par­ties, but I work really hard. The win­dow is open and I’m gonna work my ass off to keep it go­ing.’’ Seal says he feels the weight of ex­pec­ta­tion too, but

be­lieves the op­por­tu­nity to shine maketh the star.

NEW MEN­TOR: Latin su­per­star Ricky Martin joins the coach­ing panel on The Voice.

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