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Delta Goodrem ‘returning to The Voice next year’; Rita Ora may not come back

Seven hit a winning formula with The Voice Australia this year, after reportedly splashing out $10million on a panel of superstar coaches.

But one of the show’s marquee stars may soon be leaving the franchise, making way for a fan favourite to return, if rumours are to be believed.

British singer Rita Ora, 30, could be set to exit the series in 2022, with former coach Delta Goodrem primed to replace her, reports New Idea.

Fan favourite: Delta (pictured) was a coach on The Voice from its first season in 2012 until its last season on Nine in 2020, but did take a break for season three in 2014

The Voice shake-up: British singer Rita Ora (left) could be set to exit The Voice Australia in 2022, with former coach Delta Goodrem (right) primed to replace her

A source claimed coach Guy Sebastian is lobbying for his longtime friend Delta, 36, to return to the hit singing competition.

The Born to Try star had wanted to join The Voice when it moved from Nine to Seven last year but couldn’t due to ‘prior commitments’, they added.

She now sees an opportunity to come back as Rita is unlikely to return for season 11.

Buds: A source claimed coach Guy Sebastian (left) is lobbying for his longtime friend Delta to return to the hit singing competition. Pictured together on March 2, 2010, in Sydney

Buds: A source claimed coach Guy Sebastian (left) is lobbying for his longtime friend Delta to return to the hit singing competition. Pictured together on March 2, 2010, in Sydney

Schedule clash: The Born to Try star had wanted to join The Voice when it moved from Nine to Seven last year but couldn't due to 'prior commitments', they added. Pictured on June 3

Schedule clash: The Born to Try star had wanted to join The Voice when it moved from Nine to Seven last year but couldn’t due to ‘prior commitments’, they added. Pictured on June 3

The insider explained: ‘Rita could prove to be an issue for Channel Seven. She’s no longer in Australia, and [is] enjoying her personal life with a new boyfriend [film director Taika Waititi]. She’s happy. Her return is not currently guaranteed.’

They added that with spin-off series The Voice: Generations in the pipeline, Delta’s comeback is looking ‘inevitable’.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Seven for comment.

Delta was a coach on The Voice Australia from its first season in 2012 until its last season on Nine in 2020, but did take a break for season three in 2014. 

Famous last words: This year's coaching panel comprises (left to right) Keith Urban, Rita Ora, Jessica Mauboy and Guy Sebastian, with Sonia Kruger serving as host

Famous last words: This year’s coaching panel comprises (left to right) Keith Urban, Rita Ora, Jessica Mauboy and Guy Sebastian, with Sonia Kruger serving as host

This year’s coaching panel comprises Rita, Guy, Jessica Mauboy and Keith Urban, and Sonia Kruger serves as host.

The Voice has been a ratings smash for Seven, exceeding all expectations and scoring its biggest premiere audience in five years when it launched on August 8.

About 1.33 million people tuned in for the first episode of season 10 across the five major cities – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

This figure swelled to 1.91 million nationally, when regional viewers were included.

Ratings smash: The Voice has been a ratings smash for Seven, exceeding all expectations and scoring its biggest premiere audience in five years when it launched on August 8. Pictured: Rita with contestant Sian Fuller

Ratings smash: The Voice has been a ratings smash for Seven, exceeding all expectations and scoring its biggest premiere audience in five years when it launched on August 8. Pictured: Rita with contestant Sian Fuller

The show has drawn more than a million metro viewers for every episode since, which is almost unheard of in free-to-air TV these days.

The Voice had a strong lead-in after two weeks of Tokyo Olympics coverage on Seven, which saw the network achieve a high audience share.

It had also been aggressively promoted throughout the Olympics.

The new season has a smaller budget and simpler format compared to previous years, with host Sonia saying it’s ‘all killer, no filler’. 

Success: The show has drawn more than a million metro viewers for every episode since, which is almost unheard of in free-to-air TV these days. Pictured: Jessica Mauboy

Success: The show has drawn more than a million metro viewers for every episode since, which is almost unheard of in free-to-air TV these days. Pictured: Jessica Mauboy

Good start: The show had a strong lead-in after two weeks of Tokyo Olympics coverage on Seven, which saw the network achieve a high audience share. Pictured: Guy Sebastian

Good start: The show had a strong lead-in after two weeks of Tokyo Olympics coverage on Seven, which saw the network achieve a high audience share. Pictured: Guy Sebastian

Seven slashed production costs to $20million, with half of that reportedly being spent on the superstar coaches’ salaries.

Seven acquired the rights to The Voice Australia after Nine failed to renew its contract last year after nine seasons.

The network also recently announced a spin-off series called The Voice Generations.

The ‘world-first twist’ will incorporate singers and musicians from different generations – such as families, siblings and cousins – to perform together on stage and contend for ‘Voice glory’.

The Voice Australia continues Monday at 7.30pm on Seven

Lean: The new season has a smaller budget and simpler format compared to previous years, with host Sonia Kruger (pictured) saying it's 'all killer, no filler'

Lean: The new season has a smaller budget and simpler format compared to previous years, with host Sonia Kruger (pictured) saying it’s ‘all killer, no filler’


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