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The Voice Australia mocked for ‘milking contestants’ trauma’ for ratings


Viral video mocks The Voice Australia for ‘milking contestants’ trauma’ and focusing on overly-dramatic sob stories to win ratings


The Voice Australia may have switched networks and debuted a new judging panel this year.  

But there’s one thing that hasn’t changed – the show’s dramatic portrayal of contestants’ sob stories.

This week, a viral video surfaced on Instagram poking fun at the latest season for ‘trauma milking’ yet again to win ratings.  

‘What trauma defines you?’ A viral video has surfaced on Instagram poking fun at The Voice Australia for its dramatic portrayal of contestants’ sob stories this season. Pictured: Celebrity coach Rita Ora 

The video, created by Australian meme account Pinacoladaboys, featured a montage of clips of this season’s contestants describing their tragic backstories, interspersed with clips of the celebrity coaches with Rita Ora, Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy and Keith Urban laughing.

It was accompanied by a caption that sarcastically read: ‘What trauma defines you?’ 

The video stars with a shot of British songstress Rita exclaiming, ‘I’m really excited to see what Australia’s got!’ as Keith giggles in a high-pitched tone next to her.  

Having a laugh: The clip featured a montage of clips of this season's contestants describing their tragic backstories, cut between footage of celebrity judges laughing and pressing their red buttons. Pictured: Celebrity judge Guy Sebastian

Having a laugh: The clip featured a montage of clips of this season’s contestants describing their tragic backstories, cut between footage of celebrity judges laughing and pressing their red buttons. Pictured: Celebrity judge Guy Sebastian 

Tear-jerking moments: The montage also included footage of contestant Lau Abend (pictured) discussing a horrific scuba diving accident she suffered five years ago and Anne Bell (right) revealing she was blind

Pictured: Contestant Anne Bell

Tear-jerking moments: The montage also included footage of contestant Lau Abend (left) discussing a horrific scuba diving accident she suffered five years ago and Anne Bell (right) revealing she was blind 

A clip then played of contestant Darren Constable mournfully describing his financial struggles as a professional musician

‘I got really homesick, I was sick of being broke, asking for money from my mum,’ he lamented. 

It was then followed by footage of Guy Sebastian cackling. 

The irony: In the final shot, Darren Constable is seen beaming at producers and declaring: 'Enjoy the show!''

The irony: In the final shot, Darren Constable is seen beaming at producers and declaring: ‘Enjoy the show!”

The montage also included footage of contestant Lau Abend discussing a horrific scuba diving accident she suffered five years ago, Seann Miley Moore talking about his battle with self-image and Anne Bell revealing she was blind. 

These clips were punctuated with more footage of the judges guffawing and turning their chairs around with glee. 

In the final shot, contestant Darren is seen beaming at producers and declaring: ‘enjoy the show!” 

Keith’s remarkably high-pitched giggle plays again as the scene fades to black. 

Having fun? Keith's remarkably high-pitched giggle plays again as the scene fades to black

Having fun? Keith’s remarkably high-pitched giggle plays again as the scene fades to black

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