The Voice: Guy Sebastian reveals the secrets of a TV show
The Voice Australia has 10 seasons and has included judges like Rita Ora, Seal, Joe Jonas, Ronan Keating and Kylie Minogue. Photo / Supplied
Just when you thought reality TV couldn’t be scripted anymore, Guy Sebastian revealed that the producers of Channel 7 also have their finger on what is happening on The Voice.
The success of the hearings currently attracts over a million viewers per night and while this is largely due to the judges’ performances and haunting personalities, the show is also helped by the backstage puppeteers.
“I think the producers are thinking about it a bit,” Sebastian told Yahoo!
“For example, they’ll have people who are pretty good, and then towards the end of the session, when we’re a little tired and desperate for a lift, they’ll put that ‘wow’ singer on.
“And I think sometimes it can seem like we’re overdoing it, but we’ve probably been in mediocrity for a little while and then there’s someone that’s like, oh my gosh.”
Sebastian has revealed that the red books he and fellow judges Keith Urban, Rita Ora and Jessica Mauboy hold contain instructions on how to approach each candidate.
“It’ll kind of tell what state they’re from. There’s no name, no gender or anything like that,” he said. “We are never told who they are, we are not told the song.
“But if it’s a really random song, like a Whitesnake or Radiohead song on the B side or something that not everyone is familiar with, we’re being told so we don’t think it’s an original.”
In perhaps his biggest bombshell, Sebastian said the books included notes on who the judges should turn their chairs to.
“This season we have unlimited chair turns, so sometimes if there’s a coach doing a chair ride, to make it more interesting, you might as well go out there and have a shot chance,” he said. he declared.
“They don’t want the show to be all rounds of a chair for some of the performers. You want the performer to feel like there are two coaches fighting for them, otherwise how do you make one? right segment? It’s literally, ‘oh Keith is the only one that turned, so you’re stuck with Keith’.
“So there are little things the producer will write down, things like, ‘If it’s just a turn of a chair, maybe you jump’.”
Sebastian revealed that around 80 percent of contestants made at least one judge turn their chair.