Tension had been simmering between the two judges ever since the fourth series launched at the end of June.
‘Australia’s sweetheart’ Delta Goodrem has stormed off the set of the country’s version of reality singing show ‘The Voice’, after becoming frustrated and angry with her fellow judge Jessie J’s criticisms of the program’s contestants.
Goodrem, 30, was incensed with British pop star Jessie’s negative comments about contestant Tamara Callaghan and her performance of Marilyn Monroe’s song ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend’. Jessie was giving her some tips on how she should have sung it, when Goodrem ripped off her microphone and earpiece and walked off the set, being heard to say “I’m over this s***, I give up.”
Delta Goodrem got upset with Jessie J's verdict on one of the contestant's performances
After a suitably sheepish period of silence, Jessie apologised to Callaghan for the incident. “It's so awkward and I apologise for the awkward tension,” she said.
Goodrem, a former multi-platinum selling singer and actress on ‘Neighbours’, was asked about her furious reaction during a backstage interview, in which she explained: “I can't watch artists on stage be embarrassed. I think I had had enough of the tough love. I want to be someone who wants to encourage people’s dreams.”
The tension between the two judges, which had been building up since the first episode of the new fourth series last month, boiled over when Goodrem had been encouraging in her feedback towards Callaghan’s performance. She had said it was “100 per cent on the right path” – which Jessie then took issue with.
“I wouldn't agree,” she said. “I felt like it wasn't serious and I felt like you're hiding behind something. I felt disconnected to you because what you was doing was like it didn't feel like you.” Added to Jessie’s offering of advice to Goodrem’s contestants over the past few weeks, which she had taken issue with, everything came to a head.
Some suspect that the tension between the two judges is actually being manufactured for ratings – after all, it wouldn’t be the first time that a reality TV format has done this – but a spokesman for the show’s broadcaster Channel Nine is reported to have said to media outlet Fairfax that: “What happened during the recording was real in the moment, but they actually get on really well… …It's an intense competition. The blind auditions are recorded in the space of four days and it's fairly full on.”