As some wags on Twitter joked, the only thing missing was Johnny Farnham coming out at the end to sing ‘You’re The Voice’. The finale of The Voice was chockers with talent, but there could only be one winner…
… And it was Karise Eden, the 19-year-old former ward of the state.
So that was The Voice. But before the whole creepy-sexy-toothpick-chewing-overdressed-earnest-insincere thing was over, they started promoting the next season. So did you watch? Were you going for Karise? Discuss, or ponder deeper issues right here.
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For the last three weeks there has been a strong sense that unless you were performing some sort of essential service at 7.30pm on a Monday night you were watching The Voice.
The ratings were mega. The love for the judges (well, the male judges) was overflowing. The talent was dazzling. And people who’d sworn off television talent shows were drawn back in.
Anticipation for last night’s first live show was frenzied. More than 2 million of us tuned in. And then the wheels fell off. Perhaps the charm and talent which had set The Voice apart from its competitors was the product of slick editing. Or maybe it’s the vagaries of live television.
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MasterChef is about to reclaim its crown as the best reality show on television. Controversial call, I realise. And possibly more hope than prediction on my part.
Some will argue that 3.2 million fans of The Voice can’t be wrong, and admittedly, those blind auditions were sensational. But after Monday night’s battle round episode, where the judges backed the sexy, but much less talented Prinnie Stevens over the larger Mahalia Barnes – who they pretty much admitted was the better singer - the show has lost its unique selling point.
It’s clearly not just about rewarding the best vocal performance any more, which means it’s in danger of becoming a glorified Australian Idol, with stranger rules and a faster eviction rate.
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UH-OH. You looked into Seal’s eyes, didn’t you. Rookie mistake.
It’s OK, you’re not alone. On Sunday night, while pretending to read my iPad, I noticed The Voice on in the background. It wasn’t long before the background became the foreground, and I regressed into a teenage girl.
On Monday, I accidentally emailed this confession to the entire News Limited online network, after a video explaining how The Voice operates was prepared by a news.com.au journalist:
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