Dr Mumbo

When media agencies are given a microphone…

There is nothing Dr Mumbo wanted more on his Thursday evening than to spend it in a room full of young, ambitious, competitive, microphone-happy media agency folk – and watch them make fools of themselves on stage.

So imagine his disappointment when he rolled into Nine’s Sydney The Voice Agency Battle at The Beresford last night, only to discover the competitors could actually hold a tune – so much so that there was even Champagne*-fuelled speculation some agencies may have hired external singing talent. 

Dr Mumbo is known for picking a winner, so despite the breadth of talent, he was not surprised to see PHD’s Beatriz Grattan-Smith take home the prize for her rendition of Son of a Preacher Man.

The winner of The Voice Agency Battle in Sydney: Beatriz Grattan-Smith

Dr Mumbo’s favourite moment however (given he is too polite to repeat some of the jokes splashed around by MC for the evening, Married At First Sight’s Ryan Gallagher), was when two of the nine singers picked the same song.

Thorough research would indicate there are at least 97 million songs in the world (translation: a quick Google of “How many songs are there in the world?”), so Dr Mumbo was delighted when both Joshua Alvarez from Starcom and Julia Guan from The M Agency picked Drops of Jupiter by Train. Who said you can have too much of a good thing?

Not Dr Mumbo, but budding comedian from MAFS, Ryan Gallagher

Dr Mumbo can only hope that when The Voice Agency Battle is held in Brisbane next week, we are treated to some karaoke disasters, instead of an hour of people who can actually sing.

The speculation was wrong, and Dr Mumbo suspects it was actually Sparking Wine fuelled, rather than Champagne. 

Dr Mumbo offers the talented and non-talented media agency folk photographic evidence below (click to enlarge):

Kyle Sapsford and Matt Fiorenze from Mindshare beg: “Let Me Entertain You”


“Okay, okay. I will let you entertain me”: The Voice Agency Battle judges in Sydney


Rob Christian from Carat can slide without knee pads


By day, Danny Zarka may be a productivity director at Amplifi, but by night he wants you to Twist And Shout


Cameron Chu from UM belting out Under The Bridge


Emelia McAdam from Wavemaker sings Tainted Love


Aiden Dabbagh and Danielle Galipienzo from Initiative ask “Why don’t you come on over, Valerie?”


Joshua Alvarez from Starcom got to sing Drops of Jupiter first


Julia Guan from The M Agency gives Drops Of Jupiter its second run of the evening


Judge Andrew Coorey, winner Beatriz Grattan-Smith and still-single Ryan Gallagher at The Voice Agency Battle in Sydney


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