The Voice has been inundated with familiar singers this year.
Australian Idol, The X Factor and even The Voice itself….. they came and sought their moment in Reality TV all over again. Some have already had mentoring, recording and touring.
These singers all won a place in Nine’s 2018 season:
- Chrislyn Hamilton (Team George) was on Australian Idol 2008 and finished fifth.
- Emma Fitzgerald (Team George) was on The Voice 2017 but was not successful at her Blind Audition.
- Maddison McNamara was on The Voice 2016 on Team Madden but was eliminated in the Battle Rounds.
- Bella Paige (Team Kelly) was runner up on The Voice Kids 2014 and represented Australia at Junior Eurovision.
- Brock Ashby was on The X Factor NZ 2013 in boyband Moorhouse, coming fourth.
- Nathan Brake (Team Delta) was on Australian Idol 2009 and finished fourth.
- Trent Bell (Team Delta) was on The X Factor 2012 and was signed to Sony as part of boyband The Collective.
- Jacinta Gulisano (Team Delta) was on The X Factor 2013 in Third Degree and came fourth.
- Sally Skelton (Team Joe) was on The Voice 2017 but was eliminated during the Battle Rounds.
- Aydan Calafiore (Team Joe) was on The Voice 2017 but no chair turned.
Another contender had also been a contestant on The Voice in Croatia, but failed to impress Australian coaches.
Whilst many artists have to overcome knockbacks and persist in order to attain success, the amount of returnees has meant some newcomers missed out on their shot.
Is it time at least to decline those who were previously mentored on The Voice in order to allow others a chance?
A Nine spokesperson says there are no restrictions on singers having been on other talent shows.
“The only restriction is a minimum age, which is 15, and they can’t be signed to a current record deal,” they said.
This year Nine also bent the rules to allow 14 year old Leo Abisaab to audition a few days before his 15th birthday.