THE VOICE ON SONG FOR SEASON ANOTHER SMASH-HIT
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.