RONAN KEATING SAYS HE ALMOST SOLD HIS SOUL TO SECURE THE SINGERS WHO MOVED HIM ON THE LATEST SEASON OF THE VOICE
Irish crooner Ronan Keating has admitted to ditching his dignity when pitching for artists on The Voice. The former X Factor judge said it took a couple of days to work out how best to combat the persuasive grovelling of The Maddens, Jessie J and Delta Goodrem during the blind auditions.
“In the first day or two I never realised how much I had to pitch and I kept losing and I’m thinking, what the (expletive) am I doing wrong here,” Keating said.
“So I had to reassess my pitch and I went in harder and you lose your dignity a little bit which is kind of weird. You’re selling your soul almost.”
Keating replaces Latino sensation Ricky Martin on the Nine Network series this season.
The Life Is A Rollercoaster hitmaker said he never had any plans to join a rival reality show when, after five seasons, he quit The X Factor.
It was only when his Australian wife Storm Uechtritz received an email from The Voice producers asking about Keating’s availability did he give it any consideration.
“It (working on The Voice) wasn’t intended at all. I had decided not to do that anymore, so after five great years, I walked away,” Keating said. “Towards the end of last year my wife got an email from producers, because she had worked on the show, asking if I would be interested.
“It never dawned on me that I would do it ... time frame worked and everything fell into place and I gave it a go.”
The blind auditions was not the only aspect of The Voice that differed from The X Factor for Keating.
This time it’s not so much about the vocals, but how to perform on stage.
“When I was on the other show you were doing everything ... now I am just trying to turn them into performers.
“In a way, I’m not saying it’s easier, but it’s different. These are the best voices in the country ... but yet a lot of them aren’t performers.”
The way in which Keating compiles his singing team is more luck than by design. He did not have a recruiting strategy, say like the Madden brothers who prefer to have a range of different style of singers, and went solely by what he liked.
“At the beginning I was watching what the other coaches were doing and pressing (their big red buzzers during the blind auditions) for, but in the end I went with my ear and when I liked what I heard, I turned. I didn’t have any strategy.”
The Voice, season five, returns on Sunday, May 1, on the Nine Network.