The Voice has showcased the amazing vocal ability of countless talented Aussie singers over its 10-year run, but have you ever wondered what became of the contestants after winning the show?
We've unearthed the latest updates on the past winners, and it's safe to say many of their post-Voice journeys have been nothing short of extraordinary.
Season 1: Karise Eden (2012)
Karise Eden captivated Aussie audiences with her distinctive voice when she delivered a powerful rendition of This Is A Man's World during her unforgettable blind audition on the inaugural season of the show. After making history as the first-ever winner of The Voice Australia under Seal's mentorship, Karise embraced motherhood, welcoming her son Blayden in 2014.
Bringing her newborn son along, Karise went on tour to promote her album Things I've Done, which later climbed to #5 on the ARIA chart. Following a string of sold-out performances and the arrival of her daughter, Hartley, in January 2021, Karise now graces stages nationwide with regular live performances.
Season 2: Harrison Craig (2013)
Melbourne's Harrison Craig, another of Team Seal's triumphs, has carved an impressive path since his 2013 victory. Three albums topping the ARIA chart, advocacy for the Murdoch Children's Research Institute's Genetics of Stuttering Study (reflecting his personal journey with a stutter since age four), and even an inspiring children's book titled Harrison's Song are but a few highlights. His collaboration with Patti Newton and David Hobson on a Mother's Day tour in May 2022 is another testament to his talent.
Season 3: Anja Nissen (2014)
Anja Nissen, representing Team will.i.am in 2014, made the move to LA after her win, to pursue international collaborations. Anja went from strength to strength, with a self-titled debut album in 2014 and even Eurovision representation for Denmark in 2017. Following a hiatus, she returned in 2020 with new singles including If We Only Had Tonight and Can't Do This, marking her steady evolution as a singer-songwriter and vocal coach based in LA.
Season 4: Ellie Drennan (2015)
Fifteen-year-old Ellie Drennan's talent earned her the season four crown under the guidance of mentor Jessie J. After making her mark with her debut single Hard Love in 2016, Ellie stepped away from the spotlight to focus on her own personal growth. Now, she occasionally graces the stage of food and wine festivals while sharing her love of acoustic guitar covers on Instagram.
Season 5: Alfie Arcuri (2016)
Alfie Arcuri's victory in 2016 resonated with a profound message of self-discovery, further amplified by his advocacy for LGBTIQ+ rights. His single Love Is Love was released in support of the 'Yes' vote in Australia's same-sex marriage plebiscite and Alfie continues to make a meaningful impact in the LGBTIQ+ community. In February 2019, he sang his song To Myself in the Eurovision - Australia Decides final, coming in fifth among 10 performers.
Season 6: Judah Kelly (2017)
In 2017, representing Team Delta, Judah wowed us with his soulful country voice. He released his first album, Count On Me, shortly after winning and followed up with a second album.
Judah also displayed his modelling talents in a campaign for Johnny Bigg clothing brand, while keeping his Instagram followers informed about his health journey, proudly sharing his 40kg weight loss in June 2020.
A recent Instagram post hinted at a long-awaited return to singing: "It's been a really long time since I've actually wanted to sing," he wrote. Let's hope for a Judah comeback soon.
Season 7: Sam Perry (2018)
Sam Perry defied convention, using a looping device to claim victory under Team Kelly in 2018. Post-win, his musical journey has included hit singles, festival performances, and even an opening act for Jaden Smith's Australian tour.
Season 8: Diana Rouvas (2019)
Diana triumphed in her second appearance on the popular reality show, after competing for Keith Urban's team in the show's first season. In a Grand Finale described as the closest in the show's history, Diana emerged as the winner while on Boy George's team, outshining competitors Jordan, Daniel, and Zeek.
Right after the finale, Diana released her debut track Wait for No One, but it didn't break into the ARIA chart. She also took the stage at Eurovision - Australia Decides in 2019, securing seventh place. Nowadays, you can catch Diana performing regular gigs across the country.
Season 9: Chris Sebastian (2020)
Guy Sebastian got emotional as his younger brother Chris, then 31, returned to The Voice stage in 2020 in his second attempt at success on the show. Although Chris had turned two chairs in season one, he didn't advance past the semi-finals. But in 2020 with Kelly Rowland as his coach, he claimed victory.
Since his win, Chris has released two singles: Hard to Get to Love and Wasted on Me. He's also quite active on TikTok and became a proud father to a baby boy named Kingston Carter in March 2022.
Season 10: Bella Taylor Smith (2021)
Since winning The Voice in 2021 for Team Guy, Bella Taylor Smith has released the singles Nice To Know Ya and Look Me In The Eyes. She performed at Carols in the Domain in December 2021 and even supported Guy on his own Australian tour. Bella announced her engagement to her partner Josh Cole in April 2022.
Season 11: Lachie Gill (2022)
Despite harbouring self-confessed doubts about the extent of his own talent, Lachie Gill emerged as the latest winner of The Voice, claiming the coveted title in 2022. Walking away with a prize of $100,000 and a recording contract with Universal Music Australia, Lachie's debut single Wasted Time reached the top spot on the iTunes charts. The Melbourne native has recently recorded an album's worth of new songs that he says he can't wait to release.
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