The Voice fans outraged as Jessica Mauboy's niece joins Team Rita

There have been some incredible performances already during the blind auditions on The Voice Australia in 2021, but there was one during Tuesday night's episode that left coach Jess Mauboy in tears.

The star became emotional when she turned her chair to see her 17-year-old niece Saraya Mauboy-Hudson performing Rihanna's Stay, but despite the heartfelt moment, viewers have slammed the fact 'another' family member has made it through the blind auditions on the singing show.

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Jess Mauboy broke down when she saw her niece singing. Photo: Channel 7

When Jess spun her chair she immediately recognised her niece and burst into tears, with Rita Ora asking: "What’s going on? What’s happening?"

"Hey Raya," Jess said to Saraya when she was finished.

"Do you guys know each other?" Rita asked, which is when Jess explained she was her niece.

That's when Guy Sebastian jumped in and quipped: "That is amazing. I don’t think it’s fair to have someone you’re related to on The Voice."


And while Guy might have been joking about the fact his own brother Chris Sebastian took out the title of The Voice Australia in 2020, plenty of viewers weren't impressed.

"I wish this show would stop letting family and friends enter. I don't know any other competition that allows it," one person said on Twitter.

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Saraya ended up choosing Rita Ora as her coach. Photo: Channel 7

"I guess The Voice is there to launch the careers of the judges' family members," another said.

"She goes with Rita and wins The Voice 2021! No need to see the grand finale, folks!" was another response, while a fourth wrote: "Saraya chooses... Rita Ora! OMG. Did Rita just get the winner on her team?"

Indeed, at the end of The Voice Australia in 2020, when Chris Sebastian won many viewers expressed their thoughts about the outcome on social media.

Some even called the show 'rigged' at the time.

Chris walked away with $100,000 in prize money and a recording contract with EMI Recorded Music Australia after beating Stellar Perry, Siala Robson, and Johnny Manuel in the grand finale last July.

“It was totally rigged, never watching this again,” another person wrote on Twitter.

“I stopped watching last week when I found out Chris was in Finals. Foregone conclusion he would win due to his connection,” was another response.

Plenty of others however defended Chris, applauding the singer for his win.

“Well done Chris Sebastian, an amazing artist in your own right,” one person wrote.

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