The third season of the Nine’s smash reality talent show The Voice premiered last night, opening with a performance of The Script‘s Hall of Fame by the judging panel — Kylie Minogue, Will.I.Am, Ricky Martin, and Joel Madden — which didn’t go down so well with Grinspoon‘s Phil Jamieson.
Speaking to Triple M this morning, Jamieson offered his thoughts on last night’s premiere episode, stating matter-of-factly that “Kylie Minogue telling people how to sing live is a little like me coaching the South Sydney Rabbitohs. It’s a good idea but we’ve really got no experience in it whatsoever.”
“I’m pretty sure that was mimed,” Jamieson added when asked if the performance was sung live. “Overall, it might’ve been a bit flat but as far as TV goes, it was a pretty slick production by the Channel Niners.” He then praised a performance of Immigrant Song by contestant Frank Lakoudis.
While Jamieson is naturally no fan of singing competition shows, he said they have put some legitimate artists into the spotlight, like Matt Corby and Guy Sebastian, but added, “I think that the contestants somehow get a raw deal at the end of it all which is the only really sad part about it… unfortunately the guys who come second, third or fourth or fifth maybe end up on cruise ships.”
Listen: Phil Jamieson Reviews The Voice Premiere