So you've scoped out the red carpet arrivals, taken notes on the topline trends for the coming Spring/Sumer 2012-'13 season and hopefully paid attention to the best runway beauty looks — now it's time for the fun part, the candids! It was a Sugar team spectacular last night at the Myer Spring Sumer 2013 collection launch with Pop, Bella and Fab on deck to soak up the fun-filled atmosphere. We bailed up The Voice's Darren Percival and Sarah de Bono, swapped vintage shopping tips with sass & bide's Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton, hung out with "The Lauras" (Dundovic and Csortan) and complimented Jesinta Campbell on her killer party dress (courtesy of Manning Cartell, FYI). Step inside to see all the backstage, red carpet and front row candid snaps that you won't see anywhere else. . .
Karise Eden may have been crowned the first ever winner of The Voice Australia last Monday night, securing a record deal with Universal Music as well as $100,000 cash and a car, but her fellow grand finalists haven’t left the top-rating show empty-handed. The Daily Telegraph reports that Darren Percival, Rachael Leahcar and Sarah De Bono will all release singles this Friday, songs that would’ve been their winner’s single had they taken out the competition. Following that, they’ll also release albums similar to Karise’s debut My Journey, out since yesterday, which includes hits she sang on the show and more covers. Popular redhead Sarah believes they were all deserving of record deals, saying, “We all worked hard, we’re all very different but we’re all credible artists.”
It’s another example that proves you don’t need to win a competition show to make your mark on the industry. But is it fair that their original songs are coming out so soon after Karise’s debut?
In less than six hours’ time, Rachael Leahcar, Darren Percival, Sarah De Bono or Karise Eden will be crowned the first winner of The Voice Australia. The four finalists performed twice last night — one cover song, one original — and were lavished with praise from their respective coaches Delta Goodrem, Keith Urban, Joel Madden and Karise Eden, who have been with them every step of the way from the moment they turned their chairs in the blind auditions.
But there can only be one winner. Only one can walk away with $100,000 cash, a contract with Universal and a Ford Focus Titanium. Karise seems to have the short odds, but Sarah has the social media odds. Who do you think will win The Voice tonight?
After more than two months of wowing Australian viewers, The Voice comes to an end tonight with a spectacular grand final. The four finalists, Karise Eden, Rachael Leahcar, Sarah De Bono and Darren Percival, performed twice last night in a bid to score last minute votes from the public — they also debuted original songs — and will take to the stage with their respective coaches tonight before the winner is announced. (If you look at social media numbers, you’d think that Joel Madden’s contestant Sarah has it in the bag.) It will also mark the end of an entertaining season with coaches Seal, Delta Goodrem, Joel and Keith Urban, who have all provided conversation-starting moments and brought about some interesting Twitter accounts. The positive show hasn’t been without controversy — remember the dismissal of Carmen Smith? — but it’s sure given Australian TV some memorable moments for 2012. From the blind auditions to live shows, let’s go back through the highlights.
The Voice Live Final airs tonight at 7:30 p.m. on Channel Nine.
The coaches of The Voice, Seal, Delta Goodrem, Keith Urban and Joel Madden, were joined by their respective contestants Karise Eden, Rachael Leahcar, Darren Percival and Sarah De Bono at a media conference in Sydney today. Last night the coaches picked the singers who will compete on Sunday night’s grand final, with the winner announced on Monday. Each international artist will also perform a duet with their charge on Monday night once the voting lines have closed. A few people on the panel were under the weather today — Rachael has lost her voice, and Karise struggled a bit — but they were all in good spirits ahead of the upcoming finale. Here’s some of what the stars of The Voice had to say:
- Keith on the fan reaction to the show: “I’m glad everybody has gravitated towards it in such a passionate way. I’d much rather people intensely hate something than be indifferent to it, and I certainly continue to run into people who are very passionate about their opinions of who should go through. On one hand, we’re not supposed to be ‘judges’, we’re supposed to be ‘coaches’, but we do judge. We judged last night. We judge when we have to make a decision on someone — that’s a fact. But what’s also a fact is that if you make art, and make it available for sale, you are offering up art to be judged, by someone who decides they like it and want to buy it, or someone who’s indifferent to it or doesn’t like it. It’s going to be judged by everybody, not just us. But judging it doesn’t make it right or wrong . . . What I would ask all the artists is, if someone likes it, is indifferent, or doesn’t like it, how do those three people affect the way you keep making art?”
- Joel on dealing with negative criticism: “The feedback you need to listen to are the people who learn to trust, and to a large extent you should always listen to your fans. The people who are buying your music and coming to your shows, their opinion does matter to me. The outside noise is always going to be there — people are always going to have something to say, good or bad. You have to take it with a grain of salt. For me, you always have to respect the people that are deciding if you should still be on the stage, because ultimately everything we do is decided by the people.”
More from the coaches and how they picked their final contestants when you click through.