The Voice Australia mentor Ricky Martin leapt out of his chair last night to make an impassioned speech about battling depression as he coaxed Brisbane singer Luke Kennedy into accepting him as a coach.
Kennedy, who once toured the world with the acclaimed singing troupe Ten Tenors, stunned the coaches and audience with his performance of Josh Groban's popera hit A Time For Us.
The performance marked his return from a two-year battle with depression, which hit Kennedy while he was trying to launch a solo career.
The 30-year-old said he hit "rock bottom" after walking away from an exhausting international career, which involved singing up to eight shows, six days a week.
Coach Seal was describing the breakdown he too suffered as his recording career was taking off 22 years ago, when Martin jumped out of his chair and cut him off.
''I feel your pain 'cause I've been there," Martin told Kennedy. "I feel your pain as well," he added, turning to Seal, before directing his attention back to the young singer.
"It's about writing your next chapter. It's about taking it to the next level — one of joy, of fulfillment, of passion and you have all that in there. Please allow me to guide you and take you there 'cause I have been there.''
All four coaches were bidding for Kennedy's vocals but it was Martin's speech that won him over.
The Voice topped two million viewers for the first time on Tuesday night.
Source: The Voice
Author: Erin Tennant, Approving editor: Mark Worley