Holly Byrnes, The Daily Telegraph, reports
He captivated a nation and overcame a childhood stutter to soar up the Australian music charts, but The Voice favourite Harrison Craig faces his biggest test yet as the top-rating series begins its battle rounds.
The talented Melbourne teenager will sing for his TV life against Sydney pastor Tim Moxey in Tuesday night's blockbuster opening episode of the now-sudden death competition.
The Team Seal rivals and "nice guys" kick off the next phase of the Logie-winning series, which will be hoping to kick the audience slump it experienced last year, dropping well below its two-million average during the combative sing-off section of the show.
Mentored by Sneaky Sound System's Connie Mitchell, the popera pairing take on Josh Groban's international hit, You Raise Me Up, in another guaranteed goosebump moment of the series.
Producers have added a new twist to keep audience interest high, after fans saw some of their favourites including Mahalia Barnes and Mitchell Thompson eliminated mid-race in the debut season.
This year, each coach will have the chance to save just one singer from a rival team and given just five seconds, under pressure, to make the call.
After three weeks of blind auditions, the superstar coaches mark the competition switch up with a costume change (much to their wardrobe critics relief) and another all-in performance which sets an electric tone to the battle rounds.
While the debate surrounding Abby Dobson's exit continued on social media, another second-chance singer, Simone Stacey, had better luck with her smooth rendition of Etta James' Sentimental Reasons, turning the head and chair of coach Seal.
The 35-year-old, who enjoyed chart success in the noughties with diva duo Shakaya, dedicated her romantic performance to her late grandmother, who recently passed away.
With all four teams of 14 contestants now finalised, some of the best of the bunch have revealed to News Limited the secrets to their success.
Team Ricky rocker Simon Meli has admitted he overcomes any performance anxiety with "a neck of bourbon" and pulling on his lucky undies; while Bondi zen master, Ben Goldstein, on Team Delta, combats nerves "through meditation".
In the survey of each state's best chances, 2012 finalists Karise Eden and Darren Percival emerged as the two contestants who inspired this new generation to sign on for the show.
Asked to nominate their pick for this year's title, the top three "player" favourites emerged as Michael Paynter, Karen Andrews aka Miss Murphy and Harrison Craig, while the dark horses to watch were Mitchell Anderson, Nicholas Roy and Caterina Torres.