UNDIG­NI­FIED PITCH

RO­NAN KEAT­ING SAYS HE AL­MOST SOLD HIS SOUL TO SE­CURE THE SINGERS WHO MOVED HIM ON THE LAT­EST SEA­SON OF THE VOICE

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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.

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