The Voice Australia's 2014 coaches: Joel Madden, Kylie Minogue, Ricky Martin and will.i.am.
The Voice Australia's 2014 coaches: Joel Madden, Kylie Minogue, Ricky Martin and will.i.am. Stuart Bryce

The Voice coaches face overflow of talent in blind auditions

THE pool of talent has continued to expand in the latest season of The Voice Australia.

There is such a wealth of talent in the blind auditions of the third series that the reality show's superstar coaches are offering their time in the studio to some singers who don't make the cut.

"Australia is such a small country when you think about it," host Darren McMullen told APN.

"There's only 20-odd million people and I keep wondering, when is the talent pool going to dry up? I keep expecting it to be next year and then the next year, but we still manage to uncover some of the greatest singers in Australia.

"A lot of the artists we are seeing are long-time professional singers who probably wouldn't have warmed to some of the other talent shows in the past because of the nature of them."

The show has changed the way the Scottish-born television TV presenter views pub singers.

"Ever since doing The Voice I cannot, in all good conscience, sit in a pub and have somebody sing to the back of my head," he said.

"I have to give them my full attention now.

"I realise how hard that must be.

"Take someone like (2012 finalist) Darren Percival. What a talent he was.

"He just needed a stage and to be seen."

This year, sees new coaches Kylie Minogue and will.i.am join existing ones Joel Madden and Ricky Martin. But Minogue and the Black Eyed Peas front man are no strangers to the spinning red chairs.

They were coaches on the UK version of The Voice earlier this year.

McMullen is full of praise for Minogue, the Aussie pop princess who has returned to our shores to nurture local talent.

"You hear so much about big celebrities like that throughout the years and it's lovely when you meet them and they're just sweet as pie," he said.

"She has been in the industry for so long.

"She is a diva, after all, but divas tend to be troublesome and she's not like that at all.

"She's completely unaffected by the level of fame and success over the years.

"She's like she's always been.

"People like her and the Hugh Jackmans of the world are so lovely and down to earth."

Sitting in Seal's former chair, will.i.am will certainly give crackerjack Madden a run for his money when it comes to airtime.

During a recent set visit, I watched as will.i.am launched into several long-winded anecdotes, much to Madden's amusement.

"He knows what he's looking for," McMullen said of will.i.am.

"In many ways he's the smartest man in the room.

"He's got 10 things going at the same time.

"During the 10-minute breaks (during filming) he's on his laptop creating beats. He has a very active imagination."

The Voice Australia season three premieres on Nine/WIN tomorrow at 6.30pm.



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