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Former The Voice contestant Natalie Gauci lifts the lid on the show's behind-the-scenes secrets


Inadequate pay, edited footage and Guy Sebastian’s on-screen façade: Former The Voice contestant Natalie Gauci lifts the lid on the show’s behind-the-scenes secrets

Former Australian Idol winner Natalie Gauci has lifted the lid on her experience competing on The Voice this year.

The 38-year-old, who was recruited by Channel Seven as a contestant this year, didn’t hold back as she slammed the show for becoming ‘too commercialised’ and failing to pay its contestants adequately.

The singer also divulged to News Corp that her celebrity mentor Guy Sebastian would only be present for 45 minutes during their coaching sessions before a team of vocal coaches would take over. 

'The show is on its last legs!' Former Australian Idol winner Natalie Gauci [pictured] has lifted the lid on her experience competing on The Voice this year

‘The show is on its last legs!’ Former Australian Idol winner Natalie Gauci [pictured] has lifted the lid on her experience competing on The Voice this year

Natalie compared her time on The Voice to her winning glory on Australian Idol in 2007.

‘I think The Voice is on its last legs. Australian Idol was so innocent, it was all about the music. Now it’s become so commercialised, and it’s all about money. The Voice has lost its soul,’ she said.

The brunette also revealed she was forced to negotiate for a higher salary, a Sydney apartment, hire car and a nanny for her young son Jebediah to appear on the show.

She ended up getting paid a ‘thousand dollars up’ but noted that it was still nothing in comparison to the wages earned by the celebrity coaches.  

Hitting out: The 38-year-old, who was recruited by the Channel Seven as a contestant this year, didn't hold back as she slammed the show for becoming 'too commercialised' and failing to pay its contestants adequately

Hitting out: The 38-year-old, who was recruited by the Channel Seven as a contestant this year, didn’t hold back as she slammed the show for becoming ‘too commercialised’ and failing to pay its contestants adequately

'I wasn't nurtured by him': The singer also divulged to News Corp that her celebrity mentor Guy Sebastian would only be present for 45 minutes during their coaching sessions before a team of vocal coaches would take over

‘I wasn’t nurtured by him’: The singer also divulged to News Corp that her celebrity mentor Guy Sebastian would only be present for 45 minutes during their coaching sessions before a team of vocal coaches would take over

Natalie also explained that producers had initially asked her whose team she wanted to be on.

Despite choosing Boy George and Kelly Rowland, she was forced to pick between Guy and Delta Goodrem.

She wounded up with Guy but was less than impressed with his coaching abilities.

‘There’s a vocal coach team who look after us, we only see Guy literally for 45 minutes, he’d come in after we’d done all the coaching with the vocal team and give us a few tips,’ she explained.  

Pay: The brunette also revealed she was forced to negotiate for a higher salary, a Sydney apartment, hire car and a nanny for her young son Jebediah to appear on the show

Pay: The brunette also revealed she was forced to negotiate for a higher salary, a Sydney apartment, hire car and a nanny for her young son Jebediah to appear on the show

Ruthlessly she added that she wasn’t impressed by Guy’s ‘commentary’, felt like she wasn’t ‘nurtured’ by him and claimed he was putting on a façade for television.

Natalie went on to accuse the show of editing out footage of her defending herself when American star Kelly accused her of ‘screeching like a cat’ during a performance.

She was also left unimpressed by the show focusing on contestants’ backstories rather than their actual singing capabilities.

Not happy: Ruthlessly she added that she wasn't impressed by Guy's 'commentary', felt like she wasn't 'nurtured' by him and claimed he was putting on a façade for television

Not happy: Ruthlessly she added that she wasn’t impressed by Guy’s ‘commentary’, felt like she wasn’t ‘nurtured’ by him and claimed he was putting on a façade for television



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