The Voice returns May 24 with ‘most controversial season yet’

Nine’s The Voice is set to return for its ninth season on May 24 with what the network is touting as ‘its biggest, boldest and most controversial season yet’.

Delta Goodrem, Boy George, Kelly Rowland and Guy Sebastian are all back as coaches, joined by new hosting duo Darren McMullen and Renee Bargh, following Sonia Kruger’s defection to Seven in 2019.

Boy George, Delta Goodrem, Guy Sebastian and Kelly Rowland are back for 2020

McMullen returns after hosting the first four seasons of the program and The Voice Kids. Bargh joins from 10 years on US entertainment show EXTRA.

This season will feature an international winner of the format, a former winner of Australian Idol, and the youngest ever auditionee.

New innovations will also be seen on The Voice in 2020, including ‘the Block’ which will allow each coach allowed two chances to deny the other coaches a chance to pitch during the Blind Auditions and the introductions of two new rounds – The Playoffs and Showdowns.

Nine had to postpone filming on The Voice during the COVID-19 restrictions, but unlike many other reality formats, it was able to deliver the show in line with the pre-pandemic planning schedule.

The Voice has continuously rated well for Nine, regularly delivering over 1m metro viewers per night. While it has slipped in recent years from its highest numbers, the program still regularly wins the timeslot it airs in and delivers Nine consistent ratings wins.

The Voice is produced for Nine by ITV Australia. It returns Sunday, May 24, at 7.00pm on Nine and 9Now.


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