If the pressure was on Chris Sebastian to stand in his own right out of the shadow of his famous brother to win The Voice, now it’s on to succeed beyond the finale with a music career.
Sebastian is now signed to EMI but he is more than aware the show spits out winners who are quickly overlooked after the glow of the TV spotlight fades.
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t know that was a track record,” he told TV Tonight. “But honestly, I don’t think that’s reflective of the show. I think that’s an individual (thing). Idol had people that didn’t go on to do really well after that too.
“I think it’s a combination of individual and probably societal factors. The only thing that I can control is what I do post show: release a lot of music, put on a good show and just keep a level head. That’s all I can really be in control of.”
Sebastian was watching the final with close family, and had no idea of the outcome until it was screened to the rest of the country.
“I watched it with my family at Guy’s house last night. I found out at the same time as everyone else, which is mind blowing,” he continued.
“I had zero idea. It was recorded a couple of days ago. We recorded four alternate endings. So whoever got the highest amount of votes, there was three minutes for the network to play that one.
“I was absolutely shocked.”
Brother Guy, who coached Johnny Manuel, must have had conflicted feelings over the win?
“He loves a win, and rightfully so. Johnny’s incredible and he was just as big a threat as anyone. So he was obviously bummed to lose but super-happy for me.”
If he was nervous of anybody it was Siala Robson.
“I could be cliche and say all three, which is the absolute truth, because I think they all are incredible. If I have to pick one, I’m going to say Siala. I think she’s, she’s the youngest in the group of four and she’s got quite a fresh, young following and they’ve been quite a big voting demographic. I thought she might clinch it.”
As of this afternoon he still has no idea of the remaining 3 placements for Johnny Manuel, Siala Robson and Stellar Perry.
“I don’t. I really want to know, but I haven’t been told yet. I’m in the dark, too.”
In press interviews today, Sebastian has faced questions from journalists around whether there was any favouritism in his win. Last night social media was trending with #rigged.
“There’s the ‘rigged conspiracy’ theory, which is obviously completely false. The show goes through a third party voting system. It’s got nothing to do with Channel Nine or ITV the production company,” he insisted.
“I’ve heard the rumour that it’s rigged. I don’t want to spend my day trying to debunk theories. Obviously, it’s not. So I’m just grateful that enough people voted for me to end up winning the thing. I’m incredibly happy.
“Honestly, I don’t think I’m having to deal with it. I am not looking at comments. I honestly don’t see this. I think people will be over it in a few days and it will just be about the music. If I’m not able to be around for a musical future that’s on me. Not on anything else.”
Already represented by manager Vangie, tomorrow he steps into the studio to begin work on his new album, describing his influences as Lewis Capaldi, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and Chris Brown.
“Normally, I like doing ballads, but I’ve actually really been enjoying doing something that makes people sort of get up a little bit more. This new single Bed for 2 that I’ve got is a bit of a bop. I’m definitely gonna have a couple more of those on the record.
“I wanted to give people a glimpse of what it would actually be like coming to a show of mine or listening to my music.”
‘Bed For 2’, is available to stream now, and a ‘Complete Collection’, including the single and featuring songs performed throughout his journey on the show, is available now through EMI Music Australia here. For a limited time, fans can also pre-order a signed CD of the ‘Complete Collection’.