If you live in Western Australia or South Australia, chances are you didn’t get to choose who was eliminated in The Voice on Sunday.
This year the Nine show has made a number of changes to its audience voting for Live shows.
Voting begins at the end of the first act singing, and continues until a brief period after the final performance.
Host Sonia Kruger told viewers Tim Conlon (NSW) and Robin Johnson (Vic) received the lowest votes, before re-opening voting for 2 minutes as they sang a second time. In the end Robin Johnson was sent home.
But with WA 2 hours behind the East Coast it is unlikely many fans got to vote, especially in the decider between Conlon & Johnson. South Australian viewers, being 30 minutes behind, would have also missed out.
There is also the question of how the final act (in this case Judah Kelly from Team Delta) is afforded the same amount of voting time as the first.
Nine says the voting opens for all acts at the same time, meaning if you are a fan of a particular act you can start voting even if a performer hasn’t been seen. It also sends out notifications through social media and the Voice app (which probably amounts to a spoiler, in 2 states).
We know from previous talent shows that the overwhelming majority of votes happens in sync with a broadcast.
With WA and SA disadvantaged in the elimination voting due to timezones, that could impact 20 year old Bojesse (Team Kelly) from Western Australia when he faces a last minute vote.
A Nine spokesperson said, “After each live show, the artists songs will be up on Apple Music and iTunes to stream or purchase. Every stream / purchase gives an extra vote to that artist for the following week, ensuring the public’s favourite artists / performances are being recognised.
“So anyone in Australia can actually cast their votes for next week right now to support their favourites – or alternatively wait and see the performances before they vote.
“Everyone gets the same amount of time to vote for their favourites. The change in format is thanks to the fact that the technology makes it possible, and it mixes things up compared to previous years.”