Holly Byrnes, The Daily Telegraph, reports
Pop diva and new Voice mentor Jessica Mauboy claims contestants on Channel 9's top-rating series are given better support and industry head start compared with her TV talent show experience on Australian Idol.
Helping to guide Team Ricky's hopefuls through the battle rounds, the ARIA winner and 2006 Idol runner-up said the kind of "nurturing support" given to contestants on The Voice was "what I needed and never got on Idol."
The Sony artist, who has forged an international career as both an actress (in The Sapphires) and singer/songwriter since her reality show beginnings, said as a shy teenager from Darwin she would have relished the "personal contact" artists on The Voice enjoy with their coaches and mentors.
"Being a nurturing support, the back bone, really seeing eye-to-eye with the artists (on The Voice), it's what I needed and never got on Idol. The judges never personally came and said 'that (performance) was really great. We never had a mentor and so that made it even harder. I was standing there (during Voice mentoring sessions) saying 'they are so lucky.' That personal contact and advice. It was magical. It was a moment of real love of music and being on the same level as everyone in the room."
Her comments were echoed by Team Delta singer Mitchell Steele who placed in the top 24 on Idol in 2008, but revealed after he was voted off that show he "never heard a word from them ever again."
The Queensland-born singer, who was eliminated in his battle with Bondi's Ben Goldstein, was full of praise for his Voice experience despite his disappointment.
Steele tweeted his thanks to his coach Delta Goodrem after his loss was televised last night, writing: "@TheVoiceAU thank you so much for the opportunity! You're the best @DeltaGoodrem thank you!!!"
After she responded with "you're amazing," he replied: "What a beautiful experience, Gooo @bennyg992 (Goldstein)!!!!!"