The Voice – Darren McMullen Slams Peta Jeffress But She Did Fire First
Darren McMullen host of The Voice is a personality that publicity departments hate, but media outlets love as he does appears he does not have a filter on his brain. Hopefully he won’t get one.
Yesterday he was on Mornings on Nine and slammed contestant Petra Jeffress who had been on Today Tonight the previous evening bucketing The Voice. Unfortunately NINE Network have pulled the clip from online.
TV Tonight has the transcript of what Darren said:
“Obviously there was that idiot who was on Seven’s current affairs show last night slagging off the whole process,” he said.
He said she had the chance to perform before the “Most people she has ever sung in front of, and let’s be honest, will probably ever sing in front of because she’s not that good.
“She was rude to staff, she was rude to crew. She didn’t listen to anything Darren (Hayes) and Delta had to say. She was a prima donna, she knew better than anybody. She wasn’t happy with the way the song was arranged, this, that and the other.
“She came out and absolutely killed one of my favourite Prince songs of all time. It was hard to listen to. Screeching down the microphone.”
“Harsh!” replied Sonia Kruger.
“This industry is about attitude right? That’s the perfect example of why you don’t deserve to be on the show and why you’ll never make it, because your attitude stinks,” he insisted.
McMullen’s slamming, which belies the show’s positive tones, also contradicts his comments on stage after Jeffress sang Purple Rain with Viktoria Bolonia.
“Love that song! Great pairing!” he said at the time. But today he claims it was screeching.
When watching the episode I thought it was bizarre that Peta missed being picked to the girl who sang Purple Rain with a Russian accent but maybe she just did not connect with Delta. However Peta gives a cracker interview to Today Tonight see below where she outlines the audition process which makes it look like it is not really about “The Voice”.
Also interesting that Delta’s mentor Darren Hayes said he would have picked Peta.