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Finally The Voice AU has come to an end, also bringing an end to the conflict of which reality talent contest to watch: Channel 7’s X Factor or Channel 9’s The Voice AU.
Monday night’s grand finale, watched by 2.3 million people across Australia, was epic (Eds note: We assume Alexandra means in terms of how long it went…yikes…) as each mentor performed a duet with their singer/s and guest band Sheppard performed their catchy single Geronimo.
Following this, only the top three contestants went on to perform the favourite single from their previous selection, which then led to the most anticipated moment of the night.
The 18-year-old blonde beauty from the Blue Mountains, Anja Nissen, has become The Voice 2014. I have to admit straight up that I might not be so objective – I have voted for her – but if it is about the voice, then she is the one. Her voice is technically brilliant, strong, and has an amazing tone. When she sings it seems effortless, like there is no limit to what she can do. On top of all that, she connects to the song and makes it a story. Her mentor, Will.i.am, called her the “real deal”, claiming that she was just as good as Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears.
Singing competitions that are decided by a voting system understandably raise issues of objectivity, fairness and genuineness. However, this time I believe that the outcome of The Voice AU is reflected in the three incredibly talented contestants, who have clearly connected to the audience by getting through to the grand finale. Surely there will always be someone who questions and criticises the result, but in my view Nissen deserves the title of the Voice AU. On top of her deal with Australian Universal recording company, she was also offered a deal with Will.i.am’s record label.
Anja’s future promises to be exciting and Australia might generate another world-class performer of which to be proud.