The Voice (Australian TV series)
The Voice is an Australian singing competition television series. It premiered on the Nine Network on 14 April 2012, before moving to the Seven Network in 2021. Based on the original The Voice of Holland, and part of The Voice franchise, its first nine seasons aired on the Nine Network, with its tenth season commencing on the Seven Network on 8 August 2021.
|Created by||John de Mol|
|Directed by||Peter Ots|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||10|
|No. of episodes||186|
|Production location||Fox Studios Australia|
|Original release||15 April 2012 –|
|Related shows||The Voice (franchise)|
The show aims to find currently unsigned singing talent (solo or duets, professional and amateur) contested by aspiring singers, drawn from public auditions. The winners receive a recording contract with Universal Music Australia or EMI Music Australia, as well as A$100,000 and other prizes. Winners of the ten seasons have been: Karise Eden, Harrison Craig, Anja Nissen, Ellie Drennan, Alfie Arcuri, Judah Kelly, Sam Perry, Diana Rouvas, Chris Sebastian, and Bella Taylor Smith.
The series employs a panel of four coaches who critique the artists' performances and guide their teams of selected artists through the remainder of the season. They also compete to ensure that their act wins the competition, thus making them the winning coach. The original panel featured Delta Goodrem, Joel Madden, Seal and Keith Urban; the panel for the tenth season featured Urban, Guy Sebastian, Rita Ora and Jessica Mauboy. Other judges from previous seasons include Ricky Martin, Kylie Minogue, will.i.am, Joel & Benji Madden, Jessie J, Ronan Keating, Joe Jonas, Kelly Rowland, and Boy George.
The show is part of the television franchise The Voice and is structured as three phases: blind auditions, battle rounds and live performance shows. In 2017, the show added another phase: the knockouts between the blind auditions and the battles. The winner receives a recording contract with Universal Music or EMI (2019) as well as A$100,000 and other prizes.
Four judges/coaches, all noteworthy recording artists, choose teams of contestants through a blind audition process during the auditioner's performance. If two or more judges want the same singer (as happens frequently), the singer has the final choice of coach.
Knockout and battle roundsEdit
Each team of singers are mentored and developed by their coach. In the second stage, called the knockouts, coaches pick three of their acts to go against each other in a sing off, with a theme. They all have different songs, after which the coach chooses which act will advance into the next phase, the battles. Once the coach has made a choice, the other coaches have an opportunity to use one of only two "saves" each coach can choose to take one of the other acts through to the battle round. They can also choose to save their own artist.
In the battles rounds, artists perform a duet together. The final 32 artists make it into the battles, but only 16 will compete in the finals. Coaches have one wildcard to take one of their own eliminated artists through to the finals. This is the last round in which coaches have a vote.
In season 10, this new phase was introduced and consisted of coaches cutting their teams to just five artists. This phase replaced the "battles" phase typical of past seasons.
Finals and live showsEdit
In the final phase, the remaining contestants (Final 8) compete against each other. The audience and coaches have equal say in deciding who moves to the Final 4 phase. With one team member remaining for each coach, the (Final 4) contestants compete 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, 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 28 December 2015, Ronan Keating confirmed he would replace Martin on the show's fifth season, alongside returning coaches Goodrem, Jessie J and The Madden Brothers. On 19 June 2016, it was announced that pop duo The Veronicas will briefly replace The Madden Brothers as coaches for the second live show on Sunday 19 June 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."
On 8 November 2016, it was announced that Goodrem would return for her fifth season as a coach, whilst original judge Seal, who departed the series following the second season, would return and replaced Jessie J. On 8 December 2016, it was announced that Boy George would become the third coach for the series' sixth season replacing The Madden Brothers. On 24 December 2016, it was announced that Kelly Rowland would become the fourth and final coach for the series' sixth season to replace Keating.
On 11 October 2017, the series was renewed for a seventh season and it was announced that Goodrem, George and Rowland would all return. On 14 December 2017, Nine announced Joe Jonas would replace Seal as the fourth judge for the seventh season.
On 17 October 2018, the series was renewed for an eighth season and it was announced that Goodrem, George and Rowland would all return. On 14 November 2018, Nine announced Guy Sebastian would replace Jonas as the fourth judge for the eighth season. The eighth season premiered on 19 May 2019.
On 16 October 2019, the series was renewed for a ninth season and it was announced that Goodrem, George, Rowland and Sebastian would all be returning as series judges. In November 2019, Sonia Kruger announced she would be leaving Nine Network at the end of 2019, in which she will be resigning as the show's host. In January 2020, Darren McMullen was announced to return as host after his departure in 2014, along with new co-host Renee Bargh.
Due to the Acquisition of 21st Century Fox by Disney, Fox Studios has been designated to Disney and Marvel productions, resulting in ITV Studios Australia becoming the new home location for The Voice. In August 2020, it was announced Seven Network had picked up the series for its tenth season, set to broadcast sometime in the following year, with Kruger returning as host. In December of the same year, Seven announced Sebastian would continue as a coach; Jessica Mauboy and former The Voice UK coach Rita Ora were named new coaches replacing George and Goodrem, and Urban was announced to return to the coaching panel replacing Keating.
On 16 July 2021, Seven Network and The Voice casting website announced that two new seasons will be broadcast in 2022: the upcoming eleventh regular season, and The Voice Generations. For the "generations" version, family groups, consisted in people of several ages, are the ones who can apply.
Coaches and hostsEdit
Delta Goodrem (2012–2013, 2015–2020)
Joel Madden (solo: 2012–2014, duo: 2015–2016)
Seal (2012–2013, 2017)
Keith Urban (2012, 2021–)
Ricky Martin (2013–2015)
Kylie Minogue (2014)
Benji Madden (2015–2016)
Jessie J (2015–2016)
Ronan Keating (2016)
Kelly Rowland (2017–2020)
Boy George (2017–2020)
Joe Jonas (2018)
Guy Sebastian (2019–)
Jessica Mauboy (2021–)
Rita Ora (2021–)
Timeline of coachesEdit
- Featured as a full-time coach
- Featured as a part-time advisor
|Joel Madden [a]|
|Benji Madden [a]|
Timeline of hostsEdit
- Main presenter
- Backstage presenter
- Winning coach; winners are denoted by boldface.
Contestant is deceased
|Season||Seal||Joel Madden||Delta Goodrem||Keith Urban|
|Sarah De Bono
Danni Da Ros
|2||Seal||Joel Madden||Delta Goodrem||Ricky Martin|
|3||will.i.am||Kylie Minogue||Joel Madden||Ricky Martin|
Gabriel and Cecilia
|4||Ricky Martin||Jessie J||Delta Goodrem||The Madden Brothers|
|5||Ronan Keating||Jessie J||Delta Goodrem||The Madden Brothers|
|6||Seal||Delta Goodrem||Kelly Rowland||Boy George|
|7||Boy George||Kelly Rowland||Delta Goodrem||Joe Jonas|
Chang Po Ching
|8||Kelly Rowland||Guy Sebastian||Delta Goodrem||Boy George|
Carlos C Major
|10||Keith Urban||Rita Ora||Jessica Mauboy||Guy Sebastian|
Seann Miley Moore
Evile Jireh Sisifo Laloata
|Bella Taylor Smith|
|Season||First aired||Last aired||Winner||Runner-up||Third place||Fourth place||Winning coach||Host(s)||Coaches (chairs' order)||Network|
|1||15 Apr 2012||18 June 2012||Karise Eden||Darren Percival||Rachael Leahcar||Sarah De Bono||Seal||Darren McMullen||Seal||Joel||Delta||Keith||Nine Network|
|2||7 Apr 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||will.i.am||Kylie||Joel|
|4||28 June 2015||30 Aug 2015||Ellie Drennan||Joe Moore||Nathan Hawes||Liam Maihi||Jessie J||McMullen,
|Ricky||Jessie||Delta||Joel & Benji|
|5||1 May 2016||10 July 2016||Alfie Arcuri||Adam Ladell||Tash Lockhart||Ellen Reed||Delta Goodrem||Sonia Kruger||Ronan|
|6||24 Apr 2017||2 July 2017||Judah Kelly||Hoseah Partsch||Fasika Ayallew||Lucy Sugerman||Seal||Delta||Kelly||George|
|7||15 Apr 2018||17 June 2018||Sam Perry||Bella Paige||Sheldon Riley||Aydan Calafiore||Kelly Rowland||George||Kelly||Delta||Joe|
|8||19 May 2019||7 July 2019||Diana Rouvas||Daniel Shaw||Zeek Power||Jordan Anthony||Boy George||Kelly||Guy||George|
|9||24 May 2020||19 July 2020||Chris Sebastian||Johnny Manuel||Stellar Perry||Siala Robson||Kelly Rowland||McMullen,
|10||8 Aug 2021||12 Sep 2021||Bella Taylor Smith||Mick Harrington||Arlo Sim||G-Nat!on||Guy Sebastian||Sonia Kruger||Keith||Rita||Jess||Guy||Seven Network|
Season 1 (2012)Edit
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 one 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-one single and album.
Season 2 (2013)Edit
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.
Season 3 (2014)Edit
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.
Season 4 (2015)Edit
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.
Season 5 (2016)Edit
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 was replaced by Ronan Keating. On 28 December 2015, McMullen announced he would not be returning as host of The Voice. The season began airing on 1 May 2016. Alfie Arcuri was announced the winner with Adam Ladell in second place, Tash Lockhart in third, and Ellen Reed in fourth.
Season 6 (2017)Edit
In November 2016, it was confirmed that Goodrem would be returning as a coach on the show for her fifth season and that she would be joined by former coach, Seal, returning after a three-season absence. The following month, former The Voice UK coach, Boy George, was announced as the third coach. In December 2016, it was confirmed that former The X Factor UK judge and singer, Kelly Rowland, would be the fourth and final coach. The season began airing on 24 April 2017. Judah Kelly was announced the winner with Hoseah Partsch in second place, Fasika Ayallew in third, and Lucy Sugerman in fourth.
Season 7 (2018)Edit
On 11 October 2017, the series was renewed for a seventh season and it was announced that Goodrem, George and Rowland would all return. On 14 December 2017, Nine announced Joe Jonas would replace Seal as the fourth judge for the seventh season. The season began airing on 15 April 2018. Sam Perry was announced as the winner with The Voice Kids finalist Bella Paige in second place, Sheldon Riley in third, and Aydan Calafiore in fourth.
Season 8 (2019)Edit
On 17 October 2018, the series was renewed for an eighth season and it was announced that Goodrem, George and Rowland would all return. On 14 November 2018, Nine announced Guy Sebastian would replace Jonas as the fourth judge for the eighth season. The season began airing on 19 May 2019.
This season, only the Semifinals and the Grand Finale were broadcast live. Each coach was allowed to advance a top four to the Finals: Diana Rouvas was announced as the winner with Daniel Shaw in second, Zeek Power in third, and Jordan Anthony in fourth.
Season 9 (2020)Edit
On 16 October 2019, the series was renewed for a ninth season with coaches from the previous season returning. On 25 January 2020, it was announced that Darren McMullen and Renee Bargh would act as successors to Kruger as hosts. The block was also introduced as a twist for the blind auditions, giving coaches the power to block another coach from getting an artist.
Season 10 (2021)Edit
In August 2020, it was announced Seven Network had picked up the series for its tenth season, set to broadcast in 2021, with Sonia Kruger returning as host. In December of the same year, Seven announced that Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Rita Ora, and Keith Urban were the coaches, replacing Kelly Rowland, Delta Goodrem and Boy George. The grand finale was prerecorded in April 2021, with four different endings being taped. The show was broadcast on 12 September 2021 with the winner, Bella Taylor Smith, being decided by a viewer poll.
Music releases by contestantsEdit
Two 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, Danny Ross, Ms. Murphy and Caterina Torres of season 2 have all signed record contracts with Universal Music Australia.
Possibly the most notable alumni of the series is season 2 finalist Celia Pavey, who has achieved a successful pop career in Australia under the name Vera Blue. Her single "Papercuts" with rapper Illy peaked at #2 on the ARIA singles chart, and her sophomore album Perennial debuted on the ARIA albums chart at #6. Eleven of her singles have achieved either Gold or Platinum status in the country.
|Season||Premiere date||Finale date||Episodes||Premiere
|1||15 April 2012||18 June 2012||16||2.190||#1||2.749||#2||3.238||#1||2.375||#1|||
|2||7 April 2013||17 June 2013||24||1.940||#1||2.093||#2||2.380||#1||1.989||#1|||
|3||4 May 2014||21 July 2014||23||2.229||#1||1.727||#1||1.579||#2||1.741||#1|||
|4||28 June 2015||30 August 2015||18||1.633||#1||1.563||#2||1.666||#1||1.574||#1|||
|5||1 May 2016||10 July 2016||1.454||#1||1.207||#4||1.331||#1||1.280||#2|||
|6||24 April 2017||2 July 2017||20||1.277||#1||1.231||#4||1.357||#1||1.140||#3|||
|7||15 April 2018||17 June 2018||1.072||#5||1.028||#4||1.086||#3||0.987||#4|||
|8||19 May 2019||7 July 2019||1.064||#3||1.019||#4||1.069||#2||1.030||#3|||
|9||24 May 2020||19 July 2020||21||1.082||#3||0.938||#5||N/A||0.938||#6|||
|10||8 August 2021||12 September 2021||13||1.414||#2||1.362||#2||1.449||#1||1.285||#1|||
Awards and nominationsEdit
|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|
|2017||Logie Awards||Best Entertainment Program||The Voice||Nominated|||
|Most Outstanding Entertainment Program||Nominated|
|2019||Logie Awards||Most Popular Entertainment Program||The Voice||Nominated|||
|Most Popular New Talent||Joe Jonas||Nominated|
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