The Voice (Australian TV series)
|Created by||John de Mol|
|Directed by||Peter Ots|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||99|
John de Mol|
|Location(s)||Fox Studios Australia|
|Original network||Nine Network|
1080i (HDTV) (2016- )
|Original release||15 April 2012 – present|
|Related shows||The Voice (franchise)|
The Voice is an Australian reality talent show, based on the original Dutch version of the program created by John de Mol and is part of a wider international franchise. The show is hosted by Sonia Kruger, who debuted as host during the fifth season.
The first season premiered on the Nine Network on 15 April 2012 featuring Delta Goodrem, Joel Madden, Seal and Keith Urban as the coaches. Seal's Karise Eden was the first winner, defeating Darren Percival, Rachael Leahcar and Sarah De Bono in the live-to-air finale broadcast on 18 June 2012. Urban was replaced by Ricky Martin for the show's second season after joining the American Idol judging panel. In the third season, Seal and Goodrem did not appear as coaches and were replaced by will.i.am and Kylie Minogue. In the fourth season, Jessie J replaced will.i.am, Goodrem returned to replace Minogue and Benji Madden teamed up with his brother Joel as a duo. In the fifth season, In 2016, Ricky Martin was replaced by Ronan Keating.
The show is part of the television franchise The Voice and is structured as three phases: blind auditions, battle rounds and live performance shows. The winner receives a recording contract with Universal Music.
Four judges/coaches, all noteworthy recording artists, choose teams of contestants through a blind audition process. Each judge has the length of the auditioner's performance (about one minute) to decide if he or she wants that singer on his or her team; if two or more judges want the same singer (as happens frequently), the singer has the final choice of coach.
Battle rounds and Showdowns
Each team of singers is mentored and developed by its coach. In the second stage, called the Battle Round, coaches pit two of their acts to battle against each other in a duet arrangement, after which the coach chooses which act will advance into the next knockout phase, the Super Battle round. Once the coach has made a choice, the other coaches have an opportunity to use one of only two "saves" each to take the other act through to Super Battle round.
In this round, each of the remaining 32 acts performs a solo on stage to compete with three others for a place in the Live Round. The coach can choose only one from each of these performances to progress to the final eight and the Live Round.
In the final phase, the remaining contestants (Final 8) competed against each other. The audience and coaches had equal say in deciding who moved on to the final 4 phase. With one team member remaining for each coach, the (final 4) contestants competed in the finale with the outcome decided by public vote.
In May 2011, The Daily Telegraph reported that the Nine Network would broadcast The Voice in late 2011. However, two months later, it was reported that the show would instead air in early 2012, and that the Nine Network were in talks with signing at least one international artist (especially an American) to lead its panel of coaches on the show, which were rumoured to be Christina Aguilera, George Michael, Usher, Pink and Gwen Stefani. In September 2011, the Herald Sun reported that the Nine Network were planning to sign Australia's Got Talent judge Dannii Minogue as one of the coaches. Anthony Callea, Vanessa Amorosi and former Pussycat Dolls member Ashley Roberts all publicly expressed interest in coaching roles, however Keith Urban, Delta Goodrem, Seal and Joel Madden were ultimately confirmed as the four coaches for the first season. On signing the four coaches, Michael Healy, the Nine Network's Director of Television, said: "To secure such world-class coaches has been a coup for this show and the network. The mix of talent and unique format will, we truly believe, be a captivating experience for our viewers."
Darren McMullen was announced as the host of the program in January 2012. Additionally, Ricki-Lee Coulter (with Seal), Darren Hayes, (Goodrem), Megan Washington (Urban) and Benji Madden (with brother Joel) were signed to pair up with the coaches as mentors for their contestants during the "Battle Round". On 10 May 2012, Faustina Agolley was announced as the show's social media correspondent during the live shows.
Filming for the blind auditions stage of the competition began on 19 February 2012 at Fox Studios in Sydney, with 121 artists featured in this phase of the selection process. The first day of filming resulted in hundreds of audience members being turned away from the studio due to overbooking of the event by an external booking agent. Filming for the battle rounds started in late March. In response to the immediate ratings success of the blind auditions, the Nine Network renewed the series for a second season on 27 April 2012.
With Urban accepting an offer to join the American Idol judging panel it was announced in September 2012 that he would not be returning as a coach for the second season. Following an extensive search process by producers, and constant media speculation on who would replace Urban, Ricky Martin was officially announced as the new coach in November 2012. In response to joining the series, Martin paid tribute to Urban saying he was "humbled to be sitting in his chair". Healy stated that Martin would bring "huge experience" and be the "perfect addition" to the coaching panel, with Goodrem, Madden and Seal all publicly expressing excitement at the news via their Twitter accounts.
The success of the first season led to the Nine Network increasing its programming run for the second season, with an extra ten hours of content to be broadcast and the season running for approximately three months instead of two. For 2014 Goodrem left the panel to join The Voice Kids Australia, and Seal left to continue on his music career. Goodrem and Seal were in turn replaced by The Voice UK coaches Kylie Minogue and will.i.am. On 13 January 2015, it was announced that Goodrem would return to the panel, and new judges Jessie J and Benji Madden would join the series, replacing former judges Minogue and will.i.am. On 22 February 2015, it was announced that Sonia Kruger would be joining the fourth season as a co-host with McMullen. In 2015, Darren McMullen announced he was leaving The Voice, with Sonia Kruger to be a solo host in 2016.
On June 19, 2016, it was announced that pop duo The Veronicas will briefly replace The Madden Brothers as coaches for the first live show on Sunday June 26 while the brothers are in the US on tour due to band commitments. The brothers are to due back on screen for the rest of the live shows. During an interview with NewsLitmited, the sisters stated " It's a very brutal industry to be in. We are very honest, very upfront and very real about the advise we give. We're not going to be sugar coating anything. There's not going to be anything contrived about our time on the show." Jessie J ruled out returning to the show for the 2017 show and stated "I've loved doing the show, I've done four seasons: two in the U.K., two in Sydney, but I just need to make another album."
Coaches and hosts
Seal (2012–13, 2017)
Joel Madden (2012–)
Delta Goodrem (2012–13, 2015–)
Keith Urban (2012)
Ricky Martin (2013–15)
Kylie Minogue (2014)
Jessie J (2015–16)
Ronan Keating (2016–)
- Winners are in bold, finalists are italicised, and eliminated contestants in small font
|Season||Seal||Joel Madden||Delta Goodrem||Keith Urban|
|1|| Karise Eden
| Sarah De Bono
| Rachael Leahcar
Danni Da Ros
| Darren Percival|
|2||Seal||Joel Madden||Delta Goodrem||Ricky Martin|
| Harrison Craig
| Danny Ross
| Celia Pavey
| Luke Kennedy|
|3||will.i.am||Joel Madden||Kylie Minogue||Ricky Martin|
| Anja Nissen
Gabriel and Cecilia
| Frank Lakoudis
| Johnny Rollins
| Jackson Thomas|
|4||Jessie J||The Madden Brothers||Delta Goodrem||Ricky Martin|
|5||Jessie J||The Madden Brothers||Delta Goodrem||Ronan Keating|
|Season||Premiere||Finale||Winner||Runner-up||Third place||Fourth place||Winning coach||Host||Other host||Coaches (chair's order)|
|1||15 April 2012||18 June 2012||Karise Eden||Darren Percival||Rachael Leahcar||Sarah De Bono||Seal||Darren McMullen||Faustina Agolley||Seal||Joel||Delta||Keith|
|2||7 April 2013||17 June 2013||Harrison Craig||Luke Kennedy||Celia Pavey||Danny Ross||Ricky|
|3||4 May 2014||21 July 2014||Anja Nissen||Jackson Thomas||Johnny Rollins||Frank Lakoudis||will.i.am||N/A||Will||Kylie||Joel|
|4||28 June 2015||30 August 2015||Ellie Drennan||Joe Moore||Nathan Hawes||Liam Maihi||Jessie J||Sonia Kruger||Ricky||Jessie||Delta||Madden Bros|
|5||1 May 2016||10 July 2016||Alfie Arcuri||Adam Ladell||Tash Lockhart||Ellen Reed||Delta Goodrem||Sonia Kruger||N/A||Ronan|
Season one (2012)
Karise Eden was crowned the first winner of The Voice Australia. Darren Percival was runner-up, followed by Rachael Leahcar in third place and Sarah De Bono in fourth place. Season 1 saw 80% of artists enter the music charts, culminating in 9 out of the top 10 in finale week. Eden made history with eight singles in the charts and both a number number-one single and album.
Each coach was allowed to advance six top to the live shows:
|Team Seal||Team Joel||Team Delta||Team Keith|
|Karise Eden||Sarah De Bono||Rachael Leahcar||Darren Percival|
|Fatai V||Ben Hazlewood||Glenn Cunningham||Diana Rouvas|
|Chris Sebastian||Prinnie Stevens||Danni Da Ros||Adam Martin|
|Emma Birdsall||Lakyn Heperi||Viktoria Bolonina||Brittany Cairns|
|Sam Ludeman||Laura Bunting||Matt Hetherington||Taga Paa|
||Ben Bennett||Jimmy Cupples|
Season two (2013)
The second season of The Voice Australia crowned Harrison Craig the winner, under Seal's tutelage. Keith Urban did not return as a coach after it was officially announced he would become a judge on American Idol. The Nine Network confirmed on 29 November 2012 that Latin pop star Ricky Martin would replace Urban as the new coach. Luke Kennedy placed second under the new coach, with Celia Pavey third and Danny Ross fourth.
Each coach was allowed to advance four top to the live shows:
|Team Seal||Team Joel||Team Delta||Team Ricky|
|Harrison Craig||Danny Ross||Celia Pavey||Luke Kennedy|
|Mitchell Anderson||Kiyomi Vella||Steve Clisby||Miss Murphy|
|Alex Gibson||Michael Stangel||Jackie Sannia||Simon Meli|
|Jac Stone||Michael Paynter||Tim Morrison||Caterina Torres|
Season three (2014)
On 26 November 2013, it was announced that Seal and Delta Goodrem would not be returning as coaches for the third season. The same day, it was announced that The Voice UK coaches will.i.am and Kylie Minogue would join Joel Madden and Ricky Martin. Taping for the third season began on 14 January 2014, with the Battle rounds commencing in March. Blind auditions began airing on 4 May 2014. Anja Nissen was announced the winner with Jackson Thomas in second place, Johnny Rollins in third, and Frank Lakoudis and ZK in fourth.
Each coach was allowed to advance four top to the live shows:
|Team Will||Team Kylie||Team Joel||Team Ricky|
|Anja Nissen||Johnny Rollins||Frank Lakoudis||Jackson Thomas|
|ZK||Kat Jade||Holly Tapp||Sabrina Batshon|
|Gabriel and Cecilia||Robbie Balmer||Isaac McGovern||Elly Oh|
|Mat Verevis||John Lingard||Taila Gouge||C Major|
Season four (2015)
In January 2015, it was confirmed that Goodrem would return to her judges chair, and would be joined by new additions Jessie J and Benji Madden. On 22 February 2015, Sonia Kruger was announced as the new co-host. Ellie Drennan was announced the winner with Joe Moore in second place, Nathan Hawes in third, and Liam Maihi in fourth.
Each coach was allowed to advance four top to the live shows:
|Team Ricky||Team Jessie||Team Delta||Team Madden|
|Liam Maihi||Ellie Drennan||Lyndall Wennekes||Joe Moore|
|Naomi Price||Simi Vuata||Caleb Jago-Ward||Nathan Hawes|
|Gail Page||Amber Nichols||Rik-E-Ragga||Peta Evans-Taylor|
|Scott Newnham||Cath Adams||Nicholas Duquemin||Tameaka Powell|
Season five (2016)
In July 2015, it was confirmed that The Voice would return in 2016. Jessie J, Goodrem and The Madden Brothers were announced as returning coaches ; Martin will be replaced by Ronan Keating. On 28 December 2015, McMullen announced he would not be returning as host of The Voice. The season will begin airing on 1 May 2016.
Each coach was allowed to advance four top to the live shows:
|Team Ronan||Team Jessie||Team Delta||Team Madden|
|Tash Lockhart||Ellen Reed||Alfie Arcuri||Andrew Loadsman|
|Mitch Gardner||Jack Pellow||Adam Ladell||Aaliyah Warren|
|Georgia Wiggins||Mikaela Dean||Kim Sheehy||Lane Sinclair|
|Emad Younan||Brianna Holm||Elle Murphy||Lexi Clark|
Season six (2017)
In August 2016, it was confirmed that The Voice would return in 2017. As of November 2016, Goodrem announced she would return for her 5th series and also welcomed back Seal for his third series returning after a 3-year hiatus. The remainder of the panel will be announced soon.
The Voice Kids
The Nine Network announced plans for a junior version of The Voice which would feature contestants aged between the ages of eight and fourteen in August 2013. On 26 November 2013 it was announced that Delta Goodrem would move from the adult version to The Voice Kids along with Joel Madden who would stay on both versions. Darren McMullen would also host The Voice Kids. On 1 February 2014, it was announced that along with Delta and Joel, Mel B and Benji Madden, brother of Joel, would also be joining the judging panel. The blind auditions commenced airing on 22 June 2014. The children's version had the same format as the original show.
Ten-year-old Alexa Curtis of Team Delta was declared the winner of The Voice Kids, winning a music education scholarship worth $50,000 and a recording contract with Universal Music. Team Madden's Bella Yoseski and Team Mel's Maddison Brooke were runners-up.
Music releases by contestants
Both of The Voice Australia winners, Karise Eden and Harrison Craig's, albums have debuted at number one on the ARIA albums chart. Besides both winners, Darren Percival, Rachael Leahcar, Sarah De Bono, Prinnie Stevens, Emma Birdsall, Adam Martin and Lakyn of season 1, and Luke Kennedy, Emma Pask, Celia Pavey, Danny Ross, Ms. Murphy and Caterina Torres of season 2 have all signed record contracts with Universal Music Australia.
|Season||Premiere date||Finale date||Episodes|| Premiere
|Rank|| Finale ratings
|Rank|| Finale ratings
|One||15 April 2012||18 June 2012||16||2.190||#1||2.749||#2||3.238||#1||2.43||#1|
|Two||7 April 2013||17 June 2013||24||1.940||#1||2.093||#2||2.380||#1||1.96||#1|
|Three||4 May 2014||21 July 2014||23||2.229||#1||1.727||#1||1.579||#2||1.62||#1|
|Four||28 June 2015||30 August 2015||18||1.633||#1||1.563||#2||1.666||#1||1.47||#1|
|Five||1 May 2016||10 July 2016||18||1.454||#1||1.207||#4||1.331||#1||'||#2|
Awards and nominations
|2013||AACTA Awards||Best Reality Television Series||The Voice||Nominated|
|Logie Awards||Most Popular Light Entertainment Program||The Voice||Won|
|Most Popular New Male Talent||Joel Madden||Won|
|Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Program||The Voice||Nominated|
|2014||Logie Awards||Most Popular Light Entertainment Program||The Voice||Nominated|
|Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Program||Nominated|
|2015||AACTA Awards||Best Reality Television Series||The Voice||Won|
|Logie Awards||Most Popular Entertainment Program||The Voice||Nominated|
|Most Outstanding Entertainment Program||Won|
|AACTA Awards||Best Reality TV||The Voice||Nominated|
|2016||Logie Awards||Best Entertainment Program||The Voice||Nominated|
|Most Outstanding Entertainment Program||Nominated|
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- List of programs broadcast by Nine Network
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