The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Tv Guide -

TONIGHT’S the night a new win­ner of will be crowned, af­ter a sea­son that’s pro­duced a few twists but largely sailed a pretty straight course.

The rat­ings have been solid, the coaches played their part to rev up faux show ri­val­ries and the ‘artists’ have shown plenty of prom­ise. But here’s the thing with this for­mat: it’s yet to truly break a star with any longevity; and the pres­sure is on to find it­self a big name, and quick, if it wants to get any real in­dus­try cred.

Re­cy­cling con­tes­tants from other real­ity tal­ent shows isn’t go­ing to be the fix; with a gen­uine ques­tion mark around whether the fran­chise needs to tweak its pro­duc­tion process and find bet­ter prospects, be­yond those al­ready signed to record la­bel de­vel­op­ment deals.

That said, it’s still a slick pro­duc­tion and throws up some of the best stag­ing you’ll see any­where in the world. In the fash­ion stakes, my prize for style state­ment of the year goes to Boy George, for his de­signer ‘derelict’ look. Zoolan­der would be proud.

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