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The telling sign Delta Goodrem won’t be returning to The Voice Australia

EXCLUSIVE: The telling sign Delta Goodrem WON’T be returning to The Voice next year despite claims the singer could replace Rita Ora

Delta Goodrem is rumoured to be reprising her role as a coach on The Voice next year amid reports Rita Ora‘s return is ‘not guaranteed’.

But despite the gossip, Daily Mail Australia understands the 36-year-old singer is not likely to come back to the reality TV franchise.

This is because The Voice now airs on Channel Seven, but Delta is locked in to star on Nine’s Celebrity Apprentice next year.

EXCLUSIVE: Delta Goodrem (pictured) is rumoured to be reprising her role as a coach on The Voice next year amid reports Rita Ora ‘s return is ‘not guaranteed’. But despite the gossip, Daily Mail Australia understands singer is not likely to come back to the reality TV franchise

After making a brief appearance on this year’s season of Celebrity Apprentice, a source said Delta was ‘all but confirmed’ to be one of the high-profile contestants heading into Alan Sugar’s boardroom in 2022.

‘Delta was flattered to be asked on Celebrity Apprentice,’ the insider told Daily Mail Australia.

‘It’s another great chance for her to build her public profile and work with Lord Sugar.’

You're hired! The Voice airs on Channel Seven, but Delta is locked in to star on Nine's Celebrity Apprentice (starring Lord Alan Sugar, pictured) next year

Pick one! It's highly unlikely she'd be allowed to appear on both networks at once. Pictured: Delta at Australian Fashion Week in Sydney on June 3

You’re hired! The Voice airs on Channel Seven, but Delta is locked in to star on Nine’s Celebrity Apprentice (starring Lord Alan Sugar, left) next year. It’s highly unlikely she’d be allowed to appear on both networks at once

‘She’s business savvy and competitive as well as intelligent so producers thought she would be a perfect fit.’

According to the source, Nine is looking for strong personalities when the new season begins filming in October, after seeing the ratings plummet after outspoken MAFS bride Martha Kalifatidis was eliminated weeks before the 2021 finale. 

Delta had previously turned down an offer to follow The Voice to Channel Seven after an eight-year-run on Nine. 

No Martha, no numbers? According to a source, Nine is looking for strong personalities for the new season of Celebrity Apprentice, after seeing the ratings plummet after outspoken MAFS bride Martha Kalifatidis (left) was eliminated weeks before the 2021 finale

No Martha, no numbers? According to a source, Nine is looking for strong personalities for the new season of Celebrity Apprentice, after seeing the ratings plummet after outspoken MAFS bride Martha Kalifatidis (left) was eliminated weeks before the 2021 finale

Buds: It comes amid claims 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: It comes amid claims 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

It comes after New Idea reported this week that Delta was primed to replace British singer Rita, 30, after her return to The Voice was not guaranteed.

A source claimed coach Guy Sebastian was lobbying for his longtime friend to return to the 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.

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

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

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