A contestant on The Voice last night detoured from the script when she asked the coaches if their feedback was genuine, implying that it may be confected drama.
Soma Sutton, who was eliminated from Team Guy raised the question after she was invited to plea for a Wild Card pick.
“OK, well, the thing about that is that I didn’t really want to come on the show in the first place,” she admitted.
“I was convinced to come here, to be here, to stand here and do this in front of you. And, like, it is disheartening.
“Your advice that you guys all give, it’s like, is that genuine? I would just like to know, you know, what you really think. Do I actually have what it takes to be a musician?”
She added, “I think the disheartening thing about it is that you don’t have enough time to get to know me. You don’t know why I am in my shell.”
Instantly it became another moment of TV drama for the Nine show as some coaches appeared lost for words.
Kelly Rowland soon replied, “Take a deep breath in, no one’s going to waste their time and just tell you something because it sounds good.”
Guy Sebastian added, “We can only dive in to our artists as much as they let us dive in.
“If you don’t tell me what stops you from being the artist you need to be, what can I do?”
He added, “I think you’ve got something very special but you have to trust and you have to deal with the things that are holding you back.”
No surprises that Soma was not selected for the Wild Card spot.
She later told Nine Entertainment, “It was more emotional just to take the leap of faith to come and do this anyway and be convinced by a producer to come on the show.
“It’s taken a lot to be here — a lot out of my life, a lot out of my time, and for a short journey it’s taken a lot of sacrifices.”
But some media also branded her question as a “rant” and noted negative social media posts that depicted her as ungrateful.
Soma’s question was completely legitimate in a mentoring situation, and in the moment for a young and emotional singer.
This season has seen its fair share of heightened Reality TV drama where the singers are caught in Coach crossfire.
The question of allocated mentoring time was also relevant (even Guy Sebastian noted she needed more time).
In the end, it became another drama moment the show drew upon.
No apology necessary.