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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.


1 Gidgit { 05.09.12 at 10:32 am }

Good on Darren. That little fame wh*re was so transparent. You could tell she was a total prima donna and thought way too highly of herself and her ‘talent’. Running off to Today Tonight to bitch and moan and throw her dummy out of the pram only sealed her fate of not ever being anything more than a whinning cow. Silly girl.

2 kess { 05.09.12 at 1:04 pm }

But she did sound better than the other girl, I don’t blame her for complaining about the result, wouldn’t knwo about the rest of any of it.

3 Mel { 05.09.12 at 1:42 pm }

That’s the most unflattering thing she could have done to herself, and whining to channel 7 shows a total lack of grace.

And frankly, it’s 2012 and we’ve all been watching reality shows for a LONG time now. The behind-the-scenes machinations of shows like this are well-known and contrived to bring about certain narratives that will ultimately appeal to viewers and advertisers. If anyone is naive enough to dive headlong into the whole process and NOT realise that what goes on behind the scenes are going to be way beyond their control then it’s their own fault. Suck it up, Peta.

4 Ruby { 05.09.12 at 6:13 pm }

Even if you sang Prince better than Prince you won’t get selected if you acted like an arsehole. It puts you behind the 8 ball every time – unless you are Madonna :)

5 roland { 05.09.12 at 7:41 pm }

What a sore loser….trying to milk her 30 secs of fame for all it’s worth. Don’t worry Peta, this time next week no-one will remember who the hell you were anyway.

6 smauge { 05.09.12 at 9:02 pm }

She’s helping write the winning song? Talk about bite the hand that feeds her! Hope they sack her no talent arse.
I couldn’t remember her until they showed when Delta turned for her. And then I thought “oh yeah! The mental case who acted like a stalker!” that right there was her most memorable moment.
And may I just add – GO DARREN!!

7 Jay { 05.10.12 at 2:28 pm }

She wasn’t a sore loser… she was telling the truth. A few other contestants had similar treatment, and she was brave to come out about it. Good on her for telling it like it is…. just another reality TV show which isn’t necessarily about The Voice. Darren could have said about it in a nicer way, she should be suing him for defamation!

8 smauge { 05.10.12 at 7:28 pm }

Be that as it may, Jay, she still sang like shit and had a whinge. Not a good look. She’ll always be remembered now as the chick who had a sook on Today Tonight.

9 roland { 05.10.12 at 9:00 pm }

Jay I don’t know what your idea of a sore loser is, but she entered a REALITY show and couldn’t hack it when she didn’t get chosen!
Instead of just accepting the decision with good grace, she felt the need to call Today Tonight (which happens to be one of the LAMEST shows on TV, with next to NO credibility) and offload her sob story.
Let’s face it, no-one really cares about what went on behind the scenes of The Voice…the fact is, she wasn’t good enough, and that was extremely obvious to me and to most other viewers!!!! So get off your high horse and stop trying to defend her, it’s not worth it.

10 Doug { 05.15.12 at 4:10 am }

I thought Peta definitely had the edge over the Russian girl on the night. They keep moving the bar… one night its “the voice” then its “connecting” then its “presence”……then its “size does matter”

11 Maree { 05.15.12 at 9:43 am }

Peta was much better than Viktoria by a long shot. Delta obviously favoured Viktoria only because she complemented her in the first round. Delta picks her favourites not the best.

12 Sarah { 05.15.12 at 9:46 am }

I stopped watching the show once Delta made it clear that she will choose her favourite competitors over the talented ones. Even Darren Hayes said to pick Peta as she was the best but she ignored his advice and chose the Russian girl.

13 jess { 05.15.12 at 6:07 pm }

Peta is talented and can write amazing songs , maybe she made mistakes but still deserved to go further than she did her and sarah lloyde were robbed. You’re all judging her on something you know nothing about , how is she a whore? stop slagging her name and cut her some slack. Try talking to her , you might realise she is actually a beautiful person

14 smauge { 05.15.12 at 6:42 pm }

The fact is PETA sang like a cat getting its tail pulled. As for favouritism, the both sucked up to Delta in equal measure (go have another look at the end of Peta’s blind audition and tell me she doesn’t come of like a lunatic groupie)

15 fm { 05.19.12 at 8:05 pm }

This show is made to make massive sums of money by fooling viewers into believing that the judges actually bond with the contestants, this gives Average Joe & the girl nextdoor the hope that one day their dreams can come true and they will be stars.

The reality is that the screentime chemistry is a big show, thinking that the voice or any show like it is real is as idiotic as thinking that wrestling is real and unscripted. After all my years working in this industry I am still gobsmacked at how much the general public believe things that are handed to them via a TV screen.

If only you knew that you are the longest running joke on any set!

As long as you watch the show (see the ads, or on some shows make voting calls or sms), anything will be done or said to keep your attention.

If anyone stirs the pot by revealing anything undesirable from behind the scenes, they will get flamed (usually by the host or someone in the crew who says this person was bad on set). This is industry standard. Another tactic is pushing the backstory to create drama (and interest in the show), which in the end can keep a contestant around for longer than their talent deserves because the absolute deciding factor is always which person has a larger fanbase.

I really feel sorry for all the reality show contestants out there, they are being taken for a ride, but I feel worse for the people that watch these shows and think they’re real, because you are simply stupid.

16 vitieddie { 05.20.12 at 9:13 pm }

@ roland

do you work for channel nine? TT may be bad but A Current Affair is the worst – attacking shows on other channels every chance they get. Its ACA that has zero credibility … makes me sick!

17 Doug { 05.22.12 at 11:24 am }

I like the comments made by “fm”
On the first Big Brother show in Australia (I watched a few episodes) one of the housemates told Gretel “it’s all scripted and rehearsed” and she laughed it off. But it opened my eyes and I realised this was a tactic, – state the truth and make a big joke out of it

Big Brother was as real as Gilligan’s Island but “The Voice” actually has some reality to it. Those people can sing, yet it’s still a TV show so there’s a grey area and likewise I feel for those who are caught in the middle

18 Paul { 06.23.12 at 4:03 am }

Well probably not going to be read now as this story is weeks old, however is not surprising Darren McMullen reacted that way. We now know he is dating Delta, well he would spring to her defense. Peta probably shouldn’t have gone to Today Tonight, but I guess she felt betrayed by her coach and reacted badly. However I still think she has a lot go give and I personally will be following her. By the way I liked Viktoria and Peta, but thought Racheal Leahcar was favoured greatly by Delta.

19 smauge { 06.23.12 at 10:46 am }

Look! Someone read it! LOL
I agree Delta favoured Rachael and in my opinion she was possibly the worst singer on her team.
But Peta shot herself in the foot. Whinging to one of those “current affairs” shows is just proving that you are the lowest form of trailer trash and that’s all she’ll ever be.

20 Paul { 06.23.12 at 10:54 am }

Whingeing to a current affair or today tonight is proving you are the lowest form of trailer trash. What about all the down trodden people they help. People who get smashed down by councils, Gov’t and big business. I agree she reacted badly, but calling her the lowest form of trailer trash is harsh. I guess you have never done a thing wrong in your life. Let he/she who is without sin cast the first stone. We all make mistakes in our lives and some are bigger than others, but each is entitled to forgiveness is the very least and complaining to a current affair program is really not a biggy in the scheme of things.

21 johnno- Flemington { 07.09.12 at 9:35 pm }

Yeah Go on, let’s destroy her, put her down, bag her and whatever else you want to do. Sometimes we do tend to take the free speech ethic a bit far I think. In my country she would have at least been given a fair go, but not in many of yours it seems.