sitting on top of the cold world.


Delta Goodrem (2012).

The Australian version of reality television show, The Voice, is about to hit its final week here in the land down under.
Separating itself from Idol, X-Factor and Australia’s Got Talent, the show exploded in ratings in its beginning weeks in Australia. The first airing hit the record charts in Oz, bringing in 2.9 million viewers across the nation. Since the the “Battle Rounds” of the The Voice took to the stage, the ratings have slowly declined. The UK version of the hit show prepared for its reduction in expected views after the “Blind Audtions” by having the coaches host a “crisis dinner” to come up with ideas to reel viewers back in. Almost all of The Voice representations in countries across the world have experienced the ratings dilemma, with viewers halving by the end of the “Blind Auditions”.

The Australian version, however, has not been short of ratings aids, with critics claiming that Channel Nine have been playing the strategic card by their choice of contestants, judges, and the play on the emotional backgrounds of those that have entered the Top 24.

Enter Delta Goodrem.

Initially, Goodrem’s role on the show had Australians smiling with pride over her and Keith Urban’s good old Aussie attitude, and their general friendliness to the competitors and audiences alike. Unfortunately, since mid-“Blind Audition”s, Goodrem has been labelled as “sickenly fake” and has since been forced to come clean on Channel Nine’s, A Current Affair, with Karl Stefanovic.

Goodrem’s tragic past of being a former cancer patient, left her in the soft spots of Australians’ hearts. When entering The Voice, the producers had seemingly picked the best two Australian coaches that they could find: The innocent, blonde beauty and the generous and friendly fellow who have both experienced the ups and downs of life itself–cancer, rehab and relationship woes.

Keith Urban has been lucky enough to escape scrutiny, but Delta has not been so lucky.

Whilst some labelled Delta as a “flirt” with the contestants and even the camera, others have deemed her a “indecissive drama queen” (Herald Sun). Mentor for Delta Goodrem’s team and fellow singer, Darren Hayes, revealed to the Herald Sun that the blonde bombshell has been “struggling” with the media-related abuse and speculation. Hayes stated that the show merely shows Goodrem in a light that she has “never been seen in before”.

True enough.

Formerly, Goodrem took up her fame after her finale in Neighbours, which granted her a successful music career in the Pop industry–evidently spiking when she was struck down by cancer in the early 2000s. Taking out record numbers of ARIA awards, Delta has definitely been the childhood idol of many (including myself).

Being older and seeing Delta on The Voice has brought either one of two things: a) the realisation that everyone is shown differently through media footage or b) the realisation that life really does change us in ways we least expect. Admittedly, though, I believe Delta has experienced both; cancer, relationship drama (with Brian McFadden) and media abuse, is bound to change you somewhat, and the media will act on that. Unfortunately, the beauty has just not been given justice in her latest career path.

I will confess that being a formerly obsessed teenager of Delta Goodrem’s piano-playing saga (specifically, “Innocent Eyes”, which inspired me to take up piano myself), I felt disappointed with the way she has been portrayed in the reality television show. I felt confused, annoyed and irritated by her presence on show, and several times had to stop myself from screaming at the television: “TELL US WHAT YOU REALLY THINK OF THEM, DELTA!?”

The Delta we used to know.

Seeing her interview on A Current Affair, however, reminded me of the media’s power to alter someone’s personality representation, and the way in which we percieve them for the person that they are, their morals and their all-round motives in what they are doing. Unfortunately, The Voice has not given Delta the boost she needed to make a grand comeback, but it has reminded the public that she still exists–whether true to her former image or not.

Somewhere still inside of me, though, the blonde-haired piano player still clutches her soft spot for Delta. I guess childhood idols just have that effect on people