Committed: Harrison Craig, Danny Ross, Celia Pavey and Luke Kennedy, on the way to the grand final. Photo: Adam Fulton Rock on: Coaches Seal, Ricky Martin, Joel Madden and Delta Goodrem.
They are the chosen four on this year’s series of The Voice. Harrison Craig, Danny Ross, Celia Pavey and Luke Kennedy will face the music in the grand final to see who wins the series.
Some of the singers are matter-of-fact about their chances: ”I think Harrison’s going to win,” Ross says, with a sense of genuine goodwill. But the others are still hoping they’re in with a chance. Kennedy, in particular, is considered the dark horse in the competition, up against the might of Craig’s phenomenal popularity.
”I think there’s a possibility [of winning],” says the 30-year-old Kennedy, from Queensland. ”I’m a never-say-die kind of guy … I think I’ve put myself in good stead. But really, where we are in the show now, it’s a celebration.”
Craig says he remains overwhelmed by the public’s support and is looking forward to the grand final performances, which include him sharing a stage with his coach, Seal. And he’s not taking the win for granted, either.
”Look, it actually comes down to the public’s support – it’s been tremendous, I can’t thank [people] enough,” the 18-year-old from Victoria says. ”It’s a TV program, anything can change. I’m really looking forward to Monday night and it would be great if I won but, yeah, I’m just glad to be a part of it all and I’m so thankful people appreciate what I do.”
Ross, who is based on Sydney, says The Voice has challenged everything he knew about himself as an artist. The 30-year-old says musicians who think they are ”too cool” to go on The Voice may be keeping themselves in a box.
”This show shattered a pane of glass I was glazing inside myself for a couple of years,” Ross says. ”It needed to break and I’m open now. I’ve always been a terrible self-starter – my normal tendency has been to withdraw. Every aspect of this show has involved letting go, in a very vulnerable space, week after week. And that was what I needed.”
The quirky rocker – whose clothing choices (including a cape), let alone his music, have set Twitter abuzz – says he hopes viewers will continue to support their favourite musicians from the show, even though the four of them are so different.
”Creativity doesn’t have an end point,” Ross says. ”My priority out of this is to feel more safe about releasing more stuff.”
For country girl Pavey, who grew up in Forbes, in central-western NSW, before moving to Sydney to study music, being on The Voice has changed her life.
”It’s been incredible, delving into this [experience] so young,” the 19-year-old says. ”I love music. You have to love it.” She will have a whole country town behind her as she flies the flag for female contestants, being the only woman left on the show. ”I’m definitely nervous, but it shows how much the moment means to me. Nerves are a good thing, in a way.”
Pavey says she had always been rather shy but the show had ”opened her up” to artistic possibilities. ”I’ve learnt so much from Delta [Goodrem, her coach] in terms of being a strong person and being positive and believing in yourself.”
Kennedy worked previously with the successful group the Ten Tenors, touring with them extensively, but took part in only one of the group’s album recording sessions. He says the chance of having a future as a recording artist in his own right is incredibly exciting.
”[The Voice] has really exposed me to the impact you can have,” Kennedy says. ”It’s given me a renewed vigour and a renewed energy to tackle the next step and keep the inertia and momentum that I’ve got on the show travelling into the rest of my career.”
But, like the other finalists, he’s not expecting to take things easy as soon as filming stops. Kennedy says that’s where the hard work begins.
”It takes not resting on your laurels and saying, ‘I’ve had success on a TV show, therefore that’s going to automatically carry through.”’
All four singers are determined to pursue their dreams and have high hopes they’ll retain the interest of audiences well beyond the grand final.
”It’s about making the right choices about what you intend to do,” Craig says. ”It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance and you really need to take it. In 10 years’ time, I hope to be a global recording artist. That’s always been my aspiration, so that’s where I’d love to be.”
The Voice grand final airs at 7.30pm on Monday on Channel Nine.
When the ABC’s new show The Time of Our Lives makes its debut tonight, expect to see some of Australia’s finest actors, including Claudia Karvan, Justine Clarke and Stephen Curry.
But look out for newcomer Michelle Vergara Moore, who plays Chai Li, a pivotal family member in the series, including in the first episode, which centres on her character’s wedding day.
For Moore, who grew up in Western Australia and studied at NIDA in 2005, this is her big break on television. ”It’s very rewarding and very, very exciting,” she says, having worked for years trying to break into the industry here and overseas.
Moore says she’s thrilled the ABC series is not pandering to the usual stereotypes Asian-Australian actors are often subjected to. ”We’re equal in terms of the characters,” she says. ”I think it’s a really genuine portrayal of family relationships – it’s very contemporary.
”I really love how Chai Li is an Aussie girl, which is what I am,” Moore adds. ”Pretty much everything else I’ve auditioned for, like 95 per cent, I’ve had to use an Asian accent, not [mine].”
She says she hopes her leading role will go towards a turning of the tides on Australian television.
The Time of Our Lives airs at 8.30pm tonight on ABC1.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.