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EXCLUSIVE: "We weren't meant to come back": Guy Sebastian reveals why The Voice returned for 2020 despite other plans

It's shaping up to be the toughest year yet.

By Amber Giles
The new season of The Voice is just days away. And while all the promotions for the show are telling fans the four coaches are all loved-up, Guy Sebastian wants to set the record straight.
"Oh, there's fire between us this season, don't you worry," he tells TV WEEK of the dynamic between himself and Boy George, Delta Goodrem and Kelly Rowland.
The ARIA-award-winning singer doesn't shy away from admitting that last season was meant to be the final one for the four coaches.
"We weren't meant to come back this year," the 38-year-old says.
Guy and Delta are Aussie pop icons. Image: Instagram
But the sheer love of the show, and each other, meant all four signed on again for season nine.
"It's undoubtedly the best TV experience I've had," he declares.
Guy isn't new to the judging-panel format, having also been on The X Factor Australia. And the singer hints he didn't always enjoy being in the line-up of his former TV gigs.
"With this show, I'm not sitting next to anyone thinking, 'You're just a bit nasty,'" he says, perhaps a reference to his much publicised clashes with Iggy Azalea on The X Factor.
"Nobody is horrible here," he says of his fellow coaches. But that doesn't mean that it's all perfect harmony.
Kelly wowed on the TV WEEK Logie Awards red carpet last year. Image: Instagram
"The fire this year is from Kelly [Rowland]," Guy says. "She has come back ready to win this season."
And while Boy George might have been the one to stir the pot in 2019, Guy believes he's a changed man.
"George is very different this year," he says. "He's very Zen and not interested in causing a stir."
Yet Guy warns the chilled-out mood won't last long thanks to a new innovation this year: "The Block".
Simply put, during the Blind Auditions, any coach has the ability to stop another from pitching to win an artist.
"It gets heated," Guy says with a chuckle.
Things won't be so cosy between these judges after competition starts. Image: Supplied
"And it really was 'game on' when the button was hit." Delta, 35, is quick to add that The Block is the element that really brought the tension on set.
"It takes you by surprise," she says. "It's not for the faint-hearted!"
As with many shows currently filming, The Voice has to deal with the restrictions of COVID-19 and is working out a way to film the live shows.
"It might just be me and Delta in the studio," Guy reveals, with Kelly Rowland and Boy George currently unable to fly into Australia due to travel bans.
"But that's OK, because Delta and I are the ones who bring it the most anyway!" Delta adds, "Guy and I have been wondering how that will all pan out, but I've been on this show from day one and I know we will make it work, no matter what happens."

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