Seal of ap­proval for Voice stint

Coach­ing our new tal­ent ‘saved’ UK star

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Sydney Confidential -

Bri­tish singer Seal says he chooses to re­mem­ber the good times on re­al­ity singing show The Voice. The pop­u­lar singer and per­former won’t be re­turn­ing to the show next year but cred­its The Voice with giv­ing him pur­pose when he first joined the panel of coaches in 2012.

“It was ed­u­ca­tional, al­ways emo­tional, en­ergy-driven, most of all I got to work with the in­cred­i­ble tal­ent out there, which was al­ways my favourite part,” he told Con­fi­den­tial ahead of his 2018 Aus­tralian tour that will see him per­form at the ICC Syd­ney Theatre on March 30, as well as play­ing By­ron Bay Blues­fest. “In many ways The Voice, when I first went on it, it kind of saved me in that I came to Aus­tralia at a time that I needed to believe in some­thing re­ally worth­while. Those are my ex­pe­ri­ences with The Voice, and those are my mem­o­ries, and I just want to keep it that way.” Seal fa­mously didn’t get along with ri­val coach Boy Ge­orge on the most re­cent se­ries of the show, the pair spar­ring reg­u­larly through­out the se­ries. “Boy Ge­orge has very lit­tle to do with my ex­pe­ri­ence on The Voice. My fo­cus was with the tal­ent that you have in that in­cred­i­ble coun­try. I didn’t spend too much time think­ing about Boy Ge­orge, to be quite hon­est. From what I un­der­stand, that was more stuff that I guess TV peo­ple do,” said Seal, whose new al­bum of jazz clas­sics, Stan­dards, is out now.

“For me per­son­ally, my fo­cus and my rea­son for be­ing there was to get the op­por­tu­nity to be a part of some­one’s jour­ney, some­one’s ca­reer. Those are the mem­o­ries that I love most.”

Of his run of shows, which will in­clude stops in Can­berra, Mel­bourne, Adelaide and Perth, he added: “It will be a com­bi­na­tion of these great songs, and of course I can say that be­cause I didn’t write them, and some good ones, some ones that I wrote. It will be a col­lab­o­ra­tive event as usual, lots of di­a­logue and con­ver­sa­tional. And there will be a one­ness to it that I try to bring to all my shows in that I don’t re­ally see it as per­form­ing to the au­di­ence. I see it as us as one big col­lab­o­ra­tive team per­form­ing to­gether.”

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