Ronan Keating finds his groove on The Voice
RONAN Keating is singing the praises of the new season of The Voice after taking a seat in the big red chair.
Replacing Ricky Martin to join fellow coaches Jessie J, Delta Goodrem and the Madden brothers, he was tight-lipped on the up-and-coming artists but enthusiastic about the quality of the performances.
"I'm loving it - the talent here is phenomenal," he told The Guide.
"When you come into the blind (auditions) it's very interesting to have your back to the artist when they're singing because when you turn, every single time, you're blown away by what you see; it's never what you expect.
"I actually urge people at home to turn their backs when the artists walk on, it's truly amazing."
The Irish superstar has experience as a judge having appeared in five series of Seven's The X Factor Australia but was excited about the new challenge.
It took the father-of-three a few days to settled into his new groove, but by Tuesday's show he was giving the other coaches a run for their money.
"It's more engaging as a coach because the format changes and you've got the different rounds... so there's a lot to take in and work with and I like that," he said.
"As a coach you're left with this responsibility if they pick you to help them, guide them and show them the ropes and it's a really interesting situation.
"You've got to be honest with them and managing people's expectations is easy when you're honest; if you fill them with hot air or false hope then it only falls back on yourself so I think if you're honest from the beginning it will play out the way it should."
He was confident audiences would find plenty to like about the new crop of singers.
"The amazing talent along with the chemistry and the relationships between the coaches is fantastic to see and we're all getting on well. There's a real balance on the panel and people are saying it's the best one yet so let's see.
"There were some really emotional, moving moments, some real feel-good moments... everybody has a story and it's important to hear those stories and that's a part of the artists' journey."
As for Keating, his own journey continues with an upcoming world tour and a new album to promote.
"It's all happening. I'm enjoying the ride, definitely."
The blind auditions continue on Monday at 7,30pm on Channel 9.