Former X Factor judge Ronan Keating is joining The Voice in 2016, replacing Ricky Martin.
Keating, who recently married Aussie producer Storm Uechtritz, did not appear on the Seven talent show this year but will re-appear on Nine’s.
“I’m so excited to join the coaching lineup for The Voice this year. Australia is my second home and over the years I’ve witnessed firsthand the incredible talent across the country. I really can’t wait to get back to Sydney to try out my new red chair,” he said.
Jessie J, Delta Goodrem and The Madden Brothers are all confirmed to return. Sonia Kruger is back as host, but there is no word of Darren McMullen’s return.
Jessie J said: “I really enjoy coaching and teaching. And I love sharing my experiences and knowledge with hungry, aspiring, talented people. So being a Coach on The Voice combines those two things perfectly. Ellie (Drennan) winning was a highlight for me. To be front row watching such a lovely young woman have such a moment was inspiring. And to be there to hold her hand was great.
“I can’t wait to be back and bring what I’ve learnt during the break to the show and meet new singers who want to work hard.”
Delta Goodrem said: “I’m thrilled to be starting the new year with my fellow Coaches on a show that I’m very proud of being a part of, and looking forward to discovering great Australian talent.”
The Madden Brothers said: “The Voice 2015 was a huge show for us, taking Joe and Nathan all the way to the Grand Final, and also rocking the double chair. We can’t wait to get back to Oz and work with Jessie, Delta and Ronan on discovering some more amazing new talent, and hopefully take home the win this time.”
Ronan Keating’s music career started with Boyzone in the early 1990s and his first taste of success came in 1994 with their first hit, Love Me For A Reason. Since then he has not looked back. In five years with one of the biggest pop bands ever, he enjoyed success with 16 top five singles, six of which hit the No 1 spot. In 1999, he had his first solo No 1 hit with When You Say Nothing At All from the hit movie, Notting Hill.
In 22 years in the music industry, his impressive achievements include duetting with Elton John at Madison Square Garden, singing for the Pope, and hosting everything from Miss World and the Eurovision Song Contest to the MTV Europe Awards.
He has recorded with Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), written an autobiography, starred in his first movie, Goddess, guided Westlife to stardom, won a prestigious BMI European Songwriting Award, an Ivor Novello Award (also for songwriting) and been appointed as a UN Goodwill Ambassador. In addition to his string of hits and numerous awards, in 2014 he added a new string to his bow by making his theatre debut to fabulous reviews in London for the lead role in Once. Today his prolific, varied and highly successful career shows no sign of slowing.