21 May 2013

Behind the scenes at The Voice Au Live finals

Talk about a VIP celebrity experience and a half! Monday night I had it all and more and it was all thanks to Vodafone Australia.

After being chosen as Social Media Reporter (right up my alley) for #TeamVodafone at The Voice Australia live finals, I was very excited to receive a Samsung Galaxy S4 to report my adventures with and to give The Voice AU Fans, VIP access whilst tweeting, and posting pics on instagram live from the first finals show. 

And it went like this;

At 3pm on Monday 20th May 2013, I was picked up in a Mercedes; my driver was just great and would not let me open the door and when I asked him who the last celebrity he worked with was he said, "I'm not sure if you know her, her name is Angel Champion".

I was chuffed. 

An honourable mention here to my fabulous designer friend Voislav for styling me in this slick white Safari leather trim jacket I love it! Thanks V!

Also thanks to Trudy from 9 lives Re-creation for providing me with this recycled zipper necklace and a HUGE thanks to Karen Burgoyne for her beautiful work on my face.

Upon arrival at Fox Studios I was greeted by the very friendly, welcoming and hospitable team at Shine Australia (the production company for The Voice Au).  Dave and Lisa really took care of us.  I was also joined by the very lovely Alice from Vodafone. 

We were then taken into The Voice on site offices to meet the heads of Social Media Joel & Holly #TeamJolly. They were so lovely; (they put your tweets on TV. They told me what they look for - Be different, be quirky, a little bit cheeky but always be positive!) (Hush, hush).


After receiving a run down on how The Voice Social Hub works we were then taken to the live rehearsals.

When I say live I mean the artists were rehearsing their song LIVE and I got to see it & tweet about it first. The coaches Seal, Joel, Delta & Ricky were in the building giving their feedback to the artists.

Oh so exciting! The pics, my tweets and my videos tell it all.

Just in case you are wondering all of these videos and pics were taken with the Samsung Galaxy S4 and it was all powered by the coolest Telco in Australia - Vodafone.

Check out the lighting. The Voice Au definitely has the best lighting and staging.




UH OH they gave me a microphone
During rehearsals we met the girls from Channel 9 and they gave Alice and I a bag of goodies. VIP baby!

We were also treated to an impromptu performance by Delta Goodrem as she broke out into a song. Her voice is flawless.

Alice and I were ecstatic to be given VIP seating, right behind guess who?

After rehearsals we got to meet The Voice AU band. 

Did you know that by the end of the show they would have learnt approximately 180 different songs. 

Like WOW! 

Musical Director, Scott Alpin told me that coffee was his best friend and no sleep had become the norm.  

I was happy to catch up with my old friend Michael Dolce. He is one of Sydney's most accomplished Guitarists.

I also met Byron lead Bass player for the John Butler Trio.

Props to the band they make the music! :) 

We were then escorted to the VIP tent to eat dinner with the crew.

Have you ever seen how people who work on a set of a film, movie or television show eat? 

Imagine school camp back in the day.

The food was really good! 

Whilst eating dinner we could hear the crowd cheering outside who had eagerly gathered  for the red carpet arrivals.

I immediately thought to myself 'hmmm Ricky Martin must be around.'

It seems I was right, the excitement once again built as we were whisked away to the red carpet to see the artists and their coaches arriving.

I was positioned in a prime spot on the carpet and I bumped into a Twitter fan of mine. Hey Hey @The_VoiceAu_Fan.

The red carpet was a blast. First Team Seal, then Team Ricky, then Team Joel & them Team Delta.

As Team Ricky arrived the screams got louder and the girls began to chant "Ah Ricky, you're so fine you blow my mind, hey Ricky, hey Ricky..."

He smiled and clapped along.



Once the red carpet was over we were blessed with a meet and greet with the angelic Rachel Leahcar from The Voice Au 2012.  What a beautiful and precious soul she is.

After meeting Rachel we were whisked back to the red carpet to get some press shots with the artists.

I got to meet most of them at this time.

They were all really lovely and they looked fabulous. I encouraged them all.

It's not easy getting up on that big stage.

Once the photo shoot was over we headed into the V Room.

I was lucky enough to be given this very candid interview by Faustina the Fuzz. She is just beautiful. She reveals who her favourite coach is. 

Finally it was SHOWTIME!


The highlights of the night for me from the performances were definitely Kiyomi Vella's rendition of "It's Oh So Quiet", she blew me away and Celia Pavey with "Jolene", wow, Delta's song choice was on point.

Another highlight was when host Darren McMullen announced that he is nominated for Cleo Bachelor of the year. 

What do you think ladies is Darren eligible?

The Voice Au arena was absolutely electrifying. What made my experience even more memorable was the fact that I got to sit behind Ricky Martin.

Alice from Vodafone and I had the best afternoon and evening experiencing the very first The Voice Au live final.

We were treated like royalty it was just fabulous. I could get used to that life. 

To keep up with all the backstage happenings on The Voice Au live finals and for VIP access follow my fellow #TeamVodafone compadres @PaulyMaybury & @KatePatto on Twitter & Instagram and also on The Voice Au social hub 

I will be back again at The Voice Au grand final ready to represent #TeamVodafone on 
Monday 17th June. You can follow my updates on Twitter & Instagram - @AnAngelChampion or check out all the action on the tube - LeopardAngelTV

A huge thanks to Vodafone for this amazing experience and to Dave and Lisa at Shine Australia for looking after me.

I love The VOICE.

Don't forget to VOTE guys VOTE to save your favourite artist.


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks kindly Edmund! Glad you enjoyed the read! :)

  2. What a cool post!!! All the crew and behind the scenes ppl are soooo brilliant and just make the experience amazing!!

    1. Thank you Lara! Glad you like it! Yes the crew at Shine Australia are just so lovely. They really looked after me! :)