Kelly Rowland and Guy Sebastian found themselves in a heated clash on last night’s episode of The Voice with a ‘cheating scandal’ seeing the show’s producer forced to intervene.
The ‘breach of the rules’ came after a powerful performance from Wolf Winters, who sang a cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s hit The Sound of Silence.
Guy Sebastian thought the performance was so good he turned his chair, even though his team by that stage was technically already full.
The unexpected move shocked the audience and the other judges, especially Kelly, who was the only one left with a spot to fill on her team.
“Wait, you can’t do that! You’re full, you can’t have this man anyway,” she called out.
To which Guy clapped back: “I just can’t believe you didn’t turn around for that!”
Kelly didn’t take kindly to Guy telling her who she should be picking for her team and called out: “You’re cheating. You are cheating.”
That forced the shows’s executive producer, Leigh Aramberri, to step in to try and resolve the situation.
The bumble meant Wolf would potentially have to be told he in fact wasn’t going through, until the judges agreed Guy can have him on his team and has to eliminate two contestants in the next round to make up for it.
Viewers however weren’t impressed Guy was able to bend the rules and took to social media to share their frustration.
“That’s not fair,” one person wrote.
“You can’t do that Guy,” another agreed.
So guy cheats (well, not really, it's a setup) and gets another person on his team = better chance of winning.— Jason Powell (@JJPowell72) June 15, 2020
Not a good message to send. #TheVoiceAU
That drama on #TheVoiceAu was amazing!!!! I also didn’t think the buttons worked if a coach’s team was full 😹 thought they’d be switched off - maybe they should do that next season 😹😹😹— S a r a h. (@sarahaus13) June 15, 2020
There were plenty of people on Kelly’s side saying she shouldn’t be forced to choose someone she didn’t want on her team.
On person even suggested she should have been able to choose a member from Guy’s team.
But others took to Twitter to defend Guy’s controversial move saying Wolf’s voice was worth it.
“I’m glad Guy was allowed to keep him,” one person wrote.
I know Guy wasn’t meant to turn coz his team is full but Wolf was worth it! Im glad Guy was allowed to keep him #TheVoiceAU— Anthea (@RavinEmerald) June 15, 2020
@GuySebastian can i just say - mad mad mad respect for u. u made a choice from the heart and stuck with it despite 4 ppl attacking u for it. u r the best and u deserve the crown this season. so much respect for u! #thevoiceau— mar🌙☀️ (@mar_mar2288) June 15, 2020
Guy, thank you for ‘breaking the rules.’ They need to be broken when a singer like Wolf comes along. You can hear his life, and his pain in his voice. You have done the music industry justice by pressing the button for him and that is the most important thing of all. #TheVoiceAu— Nat Matiuk (@Natalie_Matiuk) June 15, 2020