The Voice enjoyed a media conference at Hordern Pavilion, Moore Park, this morning, with Voice coaches and finalists there to help promote the smash hit TV show, as the finals approach via Channel Nine.
The culling of eight singers from The Voice last night has set the stage for a controversial finale Channel Nine's talent comp.
Rachael Leahcar, Sarah De Bono, Darren Percival, and Karise Eden will battle it out in next week's grand final.
Only one singer per team was permitted to go through and critics and viewers took to Twitter to complain about the final line-up.
The ruling meant fan favourites on the same team were culled.
Both Leahcar and Percival battled a virus as well as the high-pressure nerves, which told in their limited vocal performances last night.
Good Charlotte rock god Joel Madden, who had culled Prinnie Stevens and Layken Heperi, chose Sarah DeBono over popular lad Ben Hazlewood.
During the show's preamble, Madden likened the semi-final line-up to The X Men: "We all have super powers. No one is better than anyone else."
The final performances will be on Sunday, with each contender performing one cover and one original song. The winner revealed on Monday night, no doubt to massive TV ratings, the likes of which have not been seen by Nine for years, is the inside word.
Each contender will perform one cover and one original song.
May the best man or woman win, and hopefully its also a win for the Australian entertainment industry.
Australian TV Report With Ratings - The Voice leads...
The Voice leaped to 2.13 million viewers as the talent show heads towards to its finale.
That figure (based on actual broadcast time - not the preliminary figure of 2.15 million) is up on last Monday's 1.90 million audience in the capital cities and it appears the two finales on Sunday and Monday should hit around three million viewers for Nine.
The program gave Nine a 29.6 per cent channel share against Seven's 21.0 per cent and ABC1's 13.3 per cent, with its current affairs line-up led by 736,000 viewers for PM Julia Gillard's appearance on Q&A.
A key result for Nine was Tricky Business's performance into its fifth week. Preliminary figures from OzTAM demonstrate the Aussie drama rose to 1.091 million viewers, higher than its launch episode in May. But the actual figures based on broadcast times show the drama starring Gigi Edgley averaged 682,000 viewers with its number rocketed by The Voice's over-run as "Team Seal" decided its contestant for Sunday and Monday's finale.
Seven News came in second for the night with 1.55 million viewers and rare wins over Nine in Sydney and Melbourne. The Block continued to build for Nine, up to 1.49 million in the 7pm slot, besting Masterchef Australia (1.08 million), ABC News (1.05 million) and Home and Away (1.01 million).
Revenge continued its awesome run for Seven with 1.218 million viewers.
ABC1 had a stronger Monday night than usual, led by Q&A. Four Corners was up to 734,000 viewers, Australian Story 719,000 and Media Watch 712,000, all well up on their 2012 averages in the 600,000 region.
Fox Sports Monday Night Football match between the Panthers and Warriors bested the platform, with 278,000 viewers while 210,000 watched the afternoon AFL match between Melbourne and Collingwood. Seven's AFL figures were not yet available for publication.
OZTAM OVERNIGHT RANKINGS FOR MONDAY JUNE 11, 2012
1 THE VOICE Nine 2,154,000
2 SEVEN NEWS 1,549,000
3 THE BLOCK Nine 1,485,000
4 TODAY TONIGHT Seven 1,296,000
5 NINE NEWS 1,279,000
6 REVENGE Seven 1,218,000
7 A CURRENT AFFAIR Nine 1,137,000
8 TRICKY BUSINESS Nine 1,091,000
9 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA Ten 1,082,000
10 ABC NEWS ABC1 1,053,000
11 HOME AND AWAY Seven 1,006,000
12 THE FORCE - BEHIND THE LINE Seven 998,000
13 BORDER SECURITY - AUSTRALIA'S FRONT LINE Seven
14 TEN NEWS AT FIVE Ten 837,000
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