With the franchise being one of the world’s biggest singing competitions, it’s no shock that The Voice Australia 2022 has some superstar coaches.
The show’s 11th season will see the return of the same set from 2021, with Keith Urban, Jessica Mauboy, Guy Sebastian and Rita Ora coming back for another season.
The Voice’s spinning red chairs will once again be warmed by a GRAMMY award winner, a UK superstar and two of Australia’s best homegrown talents. But, how did these four global phenomenons find themselves on our screens this year? Scroll on to find out.
He may be married to one of the world’s biggest actresses (ie. Nicole Kidman), but Keith is a superstar in his own right, having been an Aussie mainstay since the early nineties. He’s had four #1 albums in Australia as well as being a four-time GRAMMY, 10 time Country Music Award and People’s Choice Award winner, just to name a few.
This isn’t his first stint in a spinning red chair, either — Keith was a coach on the inaugural The Voice Australia season back in 2012, alongside Delta Goodrem, Seal and Joel Madden before appearing as a judge on American Idol for several seasons. Now he’s headed back down under where his coaching duties began for the brand new season of The Voice.
She’s the only international artist on the coaching panel this year, but like Keith, has plenty of experience shepherding budding musicians having been a coach on The Voice UK and judge on The X Factor.
Rita has had a plethora of Number One hit singles in the UK, including R.I.P and her collab Black Widow with Iggy Azalea, plus a bevvy of Top 40 songs here in Australia.
She’s also dating Oscar-winning writer and director Taika Waititi, which comes as no surprise given she’s featured in her own fair share of films, such as Fifty Shades Darker and Pokémon Detective Pikachu.
Jessica is among Australian Idol’s best success stories, having skyrocketed to fame after coming second on the hit show’s fourth season, losing out on the win to Damien Leith.
She brings to The Voice two ARIA awards, and a #1 ARIA chart album, while boasting an impressive feat performing at Eurovision Song Contest in 2018. She also has a stack of acting credits to her name, plus awards and nominations for her roles in The Sapphires, Bran Nue Dae and TV’s The Secret Daughter.
The Voice 2021 was Jess’ first time adjudicating for one of Australia’s singing competitions.
Perhaps Australia’s favourite contestant to come out of any singing competition ever, Guy shot to fame after winning Australian Idol’s inaugural season back in 2003, where he controversially beat out Shannon Noel. His debut track Angels Brought Me Here saw him jump to #1 on the ARIA charts that same year, and has amassed a number of hits ever since.
Not unlike his fellow coaches, Guy has had his fair share of experience helping musicians reach their potential having been on the panel of The X Factor Australia for seven seasons, as well as being a coach of The Voice contestants since 2019, making him this year’s most seasoned professional.
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