Year after year, millions of viewers flock to their TV sets to follow some of the nation’s most talented singers chasing their dreams on one of Australia’s biggest reality shows, The Voice on Nine.
Now in its eighth season, The Voice continues to unearth singing talent, and this year it will bring some new surprises, with the return of previous all-star contestants set to shake up the format, says Nine’s Head of Content, Production and Development, Adrian Swift.
“We are never going to mess with that central idea, but this year we are bringing back the all stars. Over the years brilliant singers have been knocked out of The Voice along the way. Sometimes they weren’t confident enough, sometimes it wasn’t their best performance the day they were on stage. So this year they’re coming back.”
The eighth season of The Voice will see 10 all stars returning to compete with the new pool of talent.
“We think this new dimension will make it really interesting, seeing people you know and love from the past seven seasons of The Voice coming back to try and turn a chair again,” said Swift.
Competition for the new season of The Voice will be fierce, with the talent continuing to improve as the search spans far and wide across the nation.
“2019 has shown us that this is probably one of the best seasons yet. We’ve been absolutely shocked in sound checks at how good the contestants are,” Swift said.
“We’re blessed in this country because we’ve still got an untapped reservoir of great singers and performers.”
While the central concept of The Voice won’t be changing, audiences can expect new surprises in the latest season which launches in Q2 of 2019.
The 2019 season sees Guy Sebastian in one of the spinning red chairs, joining last year’s panel of coaches, Delta Goodrem, Kelly Rowland and Boy George. The homegrown star, who came out of a pop reality contest himself, is set to bring an exciting and fresh lens to The Voice.
“Guy brings currency because he’s got hits in the charts right now, and if there’s someone on the panel who can give real tips of the moment, take someone with genuinely raw talent and bring them into the centre of the music industry, it is Sebastian,” Swift said.
Season seven of The Voice last year delivered Nine a national cross-platform of 1.7 million viewers, and The Voice app proved how much people want to be involved in the judging process, with 3.5 million votes cast – and 2019 is set to be even bigger.
With some of the biggest star power in the world, season eight of The Voice is set to ignite the Australian entertainment industry once more.
“When you’ve gone from singing in the shower to singing in front of Kelly, Delta, Boy George and Guy, that’s quite a moment, and I love that moment being on Nine,” Swift added.