The Voice fans fume over 'fake' finale: 'What an anti-climax'

Bella Taylor Smith was crowned the winner of The Voice 2021 last night, taking home $100,000 prize money and a recording contract with EMI Recorded Music Australia.

However, many fans were left scratching their heads during the finale, saying the celebrations after the announcement seemed ‘fake’ due to it being pre-recorded.

Bella Taylor-Smith and Guy Sebastian
Bella Taylor-Smith was crowned the winner of The Voice 2021. Photo: Supplied

Four different finale outcomes were pre-recorded due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Viewers were still able to cast their votes for their favourite performer and then Channel 7 simply played the winner’s edit for whoever won.

Many people online were left underwhelmed why the finale, with one person saying: “the reactions were so fake”.


“Well that was a bit of a fizzer of a reaction,” one person wrote, with another saying: “Congratulations Bella but so disappointed at having to watch fake reactions at a prerecorded grand final. Second year in a row. What an anti climax.”

Bella Taylor Smith after winning The Voice 2021
Fans thought the reactions seemed 'fake'. Photo: Supplied

“Knowing #TheVoiceAU grand final was pre recorded with multiple endings had actually ruined my night, it feels so fake now,” a Twitter user wrote.

“So my family were all completely devastated when I told them all that they would have filmed the winner x4 for all the contestants. I’ve destroyed dreams apparently,” another person said.

Others said they hoped the same format isn’t used next year, as they look forward to seeing a “genuine reaction” from the winner.

Bella Taylor Smith and Rita Ora on The Voice
Four different finale outcomes were pre-recorded due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: Supplied

“Must be weird acting like you won and the judges all congratulating each contestant but hey - that’s pandemic TV,” a Twitter user wrote.

Last year, Boy George and Kelly Rowland were caught up in complications due to Covid and had to mentor their contestants from afar. Although Marcia Hines and The Veronicas stepped in as live mentors, the delays and changes still had an impact on the show.

This year, judge Rita Ora flew in from the UK to film the show in February and was required to undergo 14 days of hotel quarantine.

She left Australia not long after filming wrapped and is currently in New York where she’s rumoured to be appearing at tomorrow’s MET Gala.

Keith Urban also flew in from LA with his Aussie wife, Nicole Kidman, and their daughters. Nicole was also filming Nine Perfect Strangers in Byron Bay.

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