When Sonia Kruger departed Nine – and The Voice – last November, nobody could have predicted that almost a year later she'd be reinstated as the show's host on a rival network.
But following news the reality series will be rehomed at Seven, sources tell Woman's Day that the 55-year-old presenter masterminded the plan all along.
"Nine never had any intention of re-signing The Voice and Sonia knew that. The top dogs realised it had run its course and she managed to talk Seven into picking it up," reveals the source, who claims the mother-of-one is calling the shots behind the scenes.
"She is the real boss," quips the insider, noting that Sonia, whose partner is Seven's news boss Craig Macpherson, has become such a force at the network that she's being offered every job available.
Now, the source tells, the future of The Voice coaches –Delta Goodrem, Guy Sebastian, Kelly Rowland and Boy George – hangs in the balance, with rumours of a major overhaul.
Fans are especially concerned that Delta, 35, who was criticised for her judging style this year, might not return.
Who stays and who goes might come down to salaries – and Delta reportedly rakes in a whopping $2 million.
"It's no secret Seven's budgets have been hit hard, so they'll be looking at whose costing them the most – and if they're worth it," says the source.
What comes next is anyone's guess... watch this space.