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The Voice’s secrets exposed: From budget cuts to NDAs and ‘back-up songs’

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It’s the feel-good singing competition that’s dominating the ratings with more than a million viewers per episode.

But behind the razzle dazzle of Channel Seven’s The Voice Australia lies a much harsher reality, according to insiders.

One source told New Idea budget cuts put a strain on production of the new season, forcing the crew to work ‘twice as hard’.  

The Voice's secrets exposed: From budget cuts to NDAs and 'back-up songs' - discover the side of the feel-good reality show you won't see on TV. Pictured: The Voice host Sonia Kruger

The Voice’s secrets exposed: From budget cuts to NDAs and ‘back-up songs’ – discover the side of the feel-good reality show you won’t see on TV. Pictured: The Voice host Sonia Kruger 

Some production staff also reportedly felt filming was ‘rushed’ at times. 

‘The filming schedule was quite different to every other season, as they had half the amount of time due to budget issues,’ the publication alleged.  

Contestants reportedly faced their own financial burdens behind the scenes.

Penny pinching: One source claimed budget cuts put a strain on production of the new season, forcing the crew to work 'twice as hard'.  Pictured: The Voice 2021 coaches Keith Urban, Rita Ora, Jessica Mauboy and Guy Sebastian

Penny pinching: One source claimed budget cuts put a strain on production of the new season, forcing the crew to work ‘twice as hard’.  Pictured: The Voice 2021 coaches Keith Urban, Rita Ora, Jessica Mauboy and Guy Sebastian

'It's your dream, so you need to back it and support it financially': The artists reportedly received 'limited financial support' to take part in the show

‘It’s your dream, so you need to back it and support it financially’: The artists reportedly received ‘limited financial support’ to take part in the show 

According to insiders, the artists were reportedly given ‘limited financial support’ to appear on the show, with ‘just flights and accomodation covered’.  

‘Producers view it as, ‘It’s your dream, so you need to back it and support it financially,” the insider said. 

Producers also made contestants sign ‘multiple NDAs’ with ‘huge financial consequences’ in an attempt to stop the winner from leaking, the source claimed. 

Useful: Finally, the insiders also revealed that producers create 'cheat sheets' for the coaches Guy Sebastian, Rita Ora, Jessica Mauboy and Keith Urban to use while they're watching artists perform

Useful: Finally, the insiders also revealed that producers create ‘cheat sheets’ for the coaches Guy Sebastian, Rita Ora, Jessica Mauboy and Keith Urban to use while they’re watching artists perform 

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Finally, the insiders also revealed that producers create ‘cheat sheets’ for the coaches Guy Sebastian, Rita Ora, Jessica Mauboy and Keith Urban to use while they’re watching artists perform. 

This is apparently because producers are unable to confer with the coaches during live performances. 

Sebastian recently confirmed the existence of these ‘cheat sheets’ during an interview with Yahoo, referring to them as ‘little red books’. 

Surprise confession: Sebastian raised eyebrows last week when he admitted producers tell the coaches when to turn their chairs during the blind auditions - a revelation that sent readers into a tailspin

Surprise confession: Sebastian raised eyebrows last week when he admitted producers tell the coaches when to turn their chairs during the blind auditions – a revelation that sent readers into a tailspin 

It was in this interview that the singer also admitted producers tell the coaches when to turn their chairs during the blind auditions – a revelation that sent readers into a tailspin. 

Daily Mail Australia understands Channel Seven and Sebastian’s record label Sony Music went into damage control after he spilled the industry secret.  

Days later, Sebastian desperately backtracked on his claims, insisting he has ‘never once been told who to turn his chair for’.

Backpedaling: Days later, Sebastian desperately backtracked on his claims, insisting he has 'never once been told who to turn his chair for'

Backpedaling: Days later, Sebastian desperately backtracked on his claims, insisting he has ‘never once been told who to turn his chair for’ 

He posted a lengthy Facebook comment underneath a story by Tone Deaf with the headline ‘The Voice judge Guy Sebastian reveals producers tell them when to turn’. 

‘Only problem is this headline is completely false,’ the musician began. 

Sebastian clarified that producers merely ‘remind’ the coaches they can turn their chairs whenever they want, in order to encourage them to turn more often.  

This strategy, he claims, helps to promote on-screen showdowns between coaches battling for the same contestants.

Whoops! Daily Mail Australia understands Channel Seven and Sebastian's record label Sony Music went into damage control after he spilled the industry secret

Whoops! Daily Mail Australia understands Channel Seven and Sebastian’s record label Sony Music went into damage control after he spilled the industry secret

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