Rita Ora is BACK! Channel Seven reveal the coaching line-up for The Voice Australia 2022… and it includes the British singer despite speculation she wouldn’t return
Channel Seven have confirmed the line-up of coaches for The Voice Australia 2022.
On Sunday, the network revealed that all four coaches – Guy Sebastian, Keith Urban, Jessica Mauboy and Rita Ora – will be returning for round two after smashing the ratings this year.
Despite speculation British musician Rita, 30, wouldn’t be signing on for a second season, she confirmed that she’s in fact ‘really looking forward’ to coming back and reuniting with her ‘extended family’ next year.
They’re back! On Sunday, Channel Seven revealed that all four coaches – Rita Ora, Keith Urban, Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy – would be returning for round two on The Voice Australia after smashing the ratings this year
‘I absolutely love Australia, and it’s a privilege to be part of such a life-changing show,’ she told The Daily Telegraph.
‘The phenomenal artists this year blew my mind, especially Team Rita. The other coaches are like extended family and I’m really looking forward to getting back together to discover the next The Voice superstar.’
Rumours ran rife recently that Rita would be stepping away from her position on the show, with former coach Delta Goodrem even tipped to take her place at one stage.
Confirmed: Despite speculation British musician Rita, 30, wouldn’t be signing on for a second season, she confirmed she’s ‘really looking forward’ to coming back and re-joining her on-‘extended family’ next year
Meanwhile, Bella Taylor Smith – who was on Team Guy – won the season in 2021.
Guy, 39, told the publication that last season was one of the ‘best times I’ve ever had making television’, saying that he couldn’t wait to return next year.
‘The vibe was great, the fun was real and, yet again, we uncovered some insane Aussie talent,’ he said. ‘I can’t wait to be back again next season with Keith, Rita, Jess and the incredible team of producers and musicians to make more magic happen.’
Just last month, it was reported that the network were sparing no expense to secure the return of all four coaches for 2022.
There was even claims that Anywhere singer Rita was being offered up to $1million per season.
‘It’s tempting in a world where there’s not as much money to be made in touring during Covid-19,’ a source told New Idea.
Loved it: Guy, 39, told the publication that last season was one of the ‘best times I’ve ever had making television’
Guy is believed to be on a three-year contract, meaning he will likely appear on the next few seasons of The Voice as well as the spin-off The Voice Generations.
Jessica is understood to have secured a ‘great figure for her next season return’.
Meanwhile, host Sonia Kruger is ‘in the best possible position to secure more pay, better contracts and cushier conditions’, reports New Idea.
The 56-year-old presenter recently made it clear she believes The Voice is a better product on Seven than it was during its 10-year run on the Nine Network.
‘The show has found its heart and soul again, which the audience are there for,’ she told the magazine.
‘We’re going back to grassroots’: Recently, host Sonia Kruger told New Idea the singing competition had ‘found its heart and soul again’ since moving from Channel Nine to Seven