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Get set for The Voice Grand Finale

By SEVEN

Lachie, Thando, Jordan and Faith have Voice victory within reach

Last night on The Voice, breathtaking performances and soaring emotions took the Semi-Final to new heights as the artists vied for a life-changing spot in The Voice Grand Finale, 7.00pm next Sunday, 29 May on Channel 7 and 7plus.  

The four spectacular voices competing for glory in the Grand Finale are Victorian Lachie Gill from Team Rita, Victorian Thando Sikwila from Team Keith, NSW artist Jordan Tavita from Team Guy and Queensland’s Faith Sosene from Team Jess. 

Jordan cemented his Grand Finale spot over Cassidy Mackie with an emotional performance of Foreigner’s I Want To Know What Love Is, dedicated to his Nanna. “She took her last breath two nights ago,” he said. “I just know my Nanna is looking down at me right now saying you better come through, so I’m going to do this for her.”

After the announcement, a shocked Jordan said: “My head is still spinning, Guy let’s get to work!”

Keith faced his most difficult decision yet after Thando and Tamworth teenager Lane Pittman took to The Voice stage. The superstar coach said: “You’re storytellers. You’ve both shown huge leaps of growth from the Blinds to here and I think for all of us coaches that’s the number one thing we are looking for: someone that is going to evolve and grow as an artist every step of the way. You have both done that equally. It’s extraordinary.”

Thando secured her Grand Finale berth with a spinetingling interpretation of Ariana Grande’s POV against Lane’s Father And Son by Cat Stevens. Keith scored Thando’s “superb” performance “100 out of 100”. Thando said: “Thank you so much for believing in me. I cannot believe that I am the last woman standing on your team!”

Lachie locked in his Grand Finale spot with a captivating rendition of Déjà Vu by Olivia Rodrigo over Xanthe Campbell’s abcdefu by Gayle. Rita said: “He’s worked so hard. He steps it up a notch every single time. You’re everything one can look for in creating a superstar.”  

A visibly shocked Lachie said: “Every week a fire is burning. I just want to keep going and keep going. I have learnt so much but I am just having so much fun. I don’t want this to stop.” 

Faith proved she deserved her Grand Finale place after Jess set the challenge to “give yourself permission now to believe in yourself”. Faith’s powerful delivery of Beyoncé’s Listen moved her superstar coach to tears as she took Faith to the Grand Finale over Jael Wena, who performed Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start Now.

A thrilled Faith said: “Wow, it feels like a dream.”

Voting is now open for Australia to decide who will be crowned The Voice 2022, taking home $100,000 prizemoney and a recording contract with Universal Music Australia. 

The Voice’stop four artists have each released a new original track ahead of the Grand Finale. The singles were selected in collaboration with each artist, who worked with high-profile producers and songwriters to showcase their incredible voices. From power ballads to pop with attitude, the singles are available to stream or download now.  

Faith Sosene Words You Should Have Heard 

Jordan Tavita 100 Years From Now

Lachie Gill Wasted Time

Thando Sikwila The Other Side

Next Sunday night, the show-stopping Grand Finale will see the final four artists take to The Voice stage for a spectacular duet with their superstar coaches, as Australia decides who will be The Voice 2022.   

The Voice Grand Finale 

Sunday, 29 May 7.00pm on Channel 7 and 7plus

Vote here

Top Four original singles artwork here

Historic Dreamtime match headlines AFL’s Sir Doug Nicholls Round

By 7SPORT, SEVEN, SPORT

Mega fortnight of footy on Seven and 7mate

Footy fans will be treated to an incredible two weekends of the AFL’s Sir Doug Nicholls Round live and free on Seven, headlined by the marquee Dreamtime blockbuster between traditional rivals Richmond and Essendon on Saturday night.

A mainstay on the AFL calendar, the 2022 Sir Doug Nicholls Round will celebrate the contributions of aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to Australian Football and the country.

Kicking off with tomorrow night’s Carlton v Sydney Swans clash at Marvel Stadium, Seven will spend the Half Time Break with this year’s Sir Doug Nicholls Round Honouree, Jingili/Warramunga/Ngalakan/Arrente man and football legend, Bill Dempsey.

A legend of the game on and off the field, Dempsey is a member of the Indigenous Team of the Century and a triple premiership player for both West Perth and the Darwin Buffaloes. Following his football career, Dempsey has committed his life to supporting Indigenous communities with his inspirational work in public housing.

Returning to the MCG for the first time since 2019, fans can witness all the key moments from the historic Dreamtime match between Richmond and Essendon live and free on 7mate, this Saturday night from 6.30pm AEST.

Seven’s Dreamtime team will include three-time Brisbane Lions premiership player Chris Johnson alongside Hamish McLachlan, Luke Darcy, Wayne Carey and Abbey Holmes.

Seven’s Dreamtime at the G coverage will include a Welcome to Country conducted by Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung elder Uncle Colin Hunter. Then, fans can tune in for half-time performance by up-and-coming vocalist Kristal West, the granddaughter of Indigenous land rights activist, the late Dr Eddie Mabo.

In Round 11, football’s #1 commentary team will be in Sydney to call the annual Marn Grook Game between the Sydney Swans and Richmond at the SCG, before heading to Darwin to bring footy fans all the action from the Gold Coast Suns v Hawthorn clash at TIO Stadium.

In a coup for footy fans, Darwin-born Shaun Burgoyne will return to the Top End to provide special comments as his old side takes to the field at TIO Stadium.

Before the on-field action kicks off, everyone’s favourite footy show The Front Bar will return tonight on Seven and 7plus, with an incredible line-up of the game’s best Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players joining Andy, Mick and Sam at the bar.

Gavin Wanganeen, Michael Long, Nicky Winmar, Derek Kickett and Darryl White will be in The Front Bar this week to share the personal significance of Sir Doug Nicholls Round, while reflecting on their monumental football careers.

7AFL commentator and three-time premiership player for the Brisbane Lions, Chris Johnson shared the personal significance of Sir Doug Nicholls Round.

“It’s been fantastic to be involved with Seven’s commentary team this season, and to add the Dreamtime match to an already great year, makes it even more special,” he said.

“As a player, I looked in from Brisbane and always felt a bit jealous of those two teams having the big spectacle, so it’s great that I can be involved in it now from an off-field perspective.

“We’ve come so far as an industry. Clubs have embraced the round and players are able to talk about their culture within the inner sanctums of their football clubs and engage with all staff at all levels. We’ve come a long way.”

Dreamtime match – Richmond v Essendon
Live from 6.30pm AEST, Saturday 21 May

Seven scores 20 Logie nominations

By SEVEN, Seven West Media

More than any other commercial network

The Seven Network has triumphed in the TV Week Logie Awards nominations this year, securing 20 nominations ahead of the much-anticipated return of Australian television’s night of nights after a two-year hiatus.
 
Seven’s nominations range across 15 categories, including highly-coveted Gold Logie nominations for Sonia Kruger and Home and Away’s Ray Meagher.

Some of Seven’s biggest and most popular shows are up for awards, with hit programs 7NEWS, The Voice, Home and Away, SAS Australia, The Front Bar and Better Homes and Gardens all securing nominations.
 
The TV Week Logie Awards celebrate the nation’s best-loved shows and stars.
 
Here are Seven’s nominations in full:

MOST OUTSTANDING

TV Week Silver Logie Most Outstanding Drama SeriesRFDS
Most Outstanding Entertainment or Comedy ProgramThe Voice
Most Outstanding Reality ProgramSAS Australia
Most Outstanding News Coverage or Public Affairs Report7NEWS – War In Ukraine
Most Outstanding Sports Coverage2021 AFL Grand Final
Most Outstanding Sports CoverageOlympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020

MOST POPULAR

TV Week Gold Logie – Most Popular PersonalityRay Meagher Sonia KrugerHome and Away Big Brother, Dancing With The Stars: All Stars, Holey Moley, The Voice
TV Week Silver Logie Most Popular ActorRay Meagher Stephen PeacockeHome and Away RFDS
TV Week Silver Logie Most Popular ActressAda Nicodemou Sophie DillmanHome and Away Home and Away
TV Week Silver Logie Most Popular PresenterSonia KrugerBig Brother, Dancing With The Stars: All Stars, Holey Moley, The Voice
Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New TalentMatt EvansHome and Away
TV Week Logie Most Popular Drama Program Home and Away RFDS
TV Week Logie Most Popular Entertainment Program The Voice
TV Week Logie Most Popular Panel or Current Affairs Program The Front Bar
TV Week Logie Most Popular Reality Program SAS Australia
TV Week Logie Most Popular Lifestyle Program Better Homes and Gardens

Be sure to get behind our Most Popular nominees by casting your vote now at tvweeklogiesvote.com

Face to Face with Margherita McAuliffe

By SEVEN, Seven West Media

Introducing Sales Executive based in Adelaide, Margherita McAuliffe as she shares what motivates her and tips to relax and unwind.

Q1. Tell us about your career to-date and your path to becoming Sales Executive at Seven’s Adelaide office?

I have been in the media industry for 30+ years, working in radio, advertising agencies and TV in New Zealand and Australia.   

When I moved back to Australia in 2010, I accidentally bumped into an old Rep of mine at Seven and he told me there was a job going at the Network; I applied, and 12 years later, I’m still here!

Q2. What’s your favourite part of the role and why?

I enjoy being in a fun and energetic team environment who strive to do their best – I also love entertaining clients as part of my role – and being fortunate enough to do lots of cool things people in other jobs don’t have the opportunity to do.

Q3. What motivates you and what would you say has been the key to your success?

Great outcomes for clients and ensuring they are happy with every aspect of their television and digital campaigns. I also enjoying winning big pieces of business (and get grumpy when I don’t).   The key to my success is being very thorough, attentive, servicing my clients as best as I can and forging good relationships with them.

Q4. 2022 is a huge year for content. What are you most excited to watch?

Big Brother – I love this show. All the twists and turns and colourful characters, I believe this year is going to be the best ever!

Q5. How do you relax and unwind?

I love reading a good book as well as going for a sneaky massage once-in-a-while. I also enjoy baking cakes and catching up with family and friends.

Q6. What does a typical weekend look like for you?

Sport, sport and more sport! My 8 year-old plays Soccer, Athletics and Basketball and my 15 year-old competes in Triathlons, Duathlons and Athletics.  Between playing and training, there doesn’t leave much room for anything else – but I love it and wouldn’t change a thing!

Face to Face with Stephen Johnston

By SEVEN, Seven West Media

In this weeks’ Face to Face, we meet Sport Sales Manager, Stephen Johnston as he shares insights about the consumption of live sport, plus some tips to coaching Under 6s AFL!

Q1. How did you venture into the world of sport sales?

I started my career in Melbourne at Nine followed by Prime7. I moved to Sydney in 2007 where I was fortunate to lead the Prime7 sport sales team. I transitioned over to the 7Sport sales team about 6-7 years ago.

Q2. Tell us about a typical working day for you.

I drop my eldest at school. Catch up on trade press. Meet with my team mates and review ongoing partner campaigns. Present 7Sport opportunities to brands. Commonwealth Games go to market and is currently in full swing. Plenty of external & internal online meetings – looking forward to getting out and about for face to face meetings.

Q3. If you could give your 20-year-old self a piece of advice, what would it be?

Invest in something prior to loading up on overseas travel.

Q4. What has been your biggest challenge from the last year and what do you do to stay motivated?

The beauty of media sales is there is rarely any downtime and there is always a challenge. We’ve come off a massive 12 months from a sport content perspective with Tokyo 2020, Beijing 2022, the Ashes, AFL and more. The Commonwealth Games is less than 75 days away so we are full steam ahead planning.

I am lucky to form part of a high achieving Sport Sales team who keep each other motivated.

Q5. Have you noticed a shift with audience behaviour in the way that they consume live sport or sports content?

Absolutely yes over a number of years but Tokyo 2020 on 7plus was a game changer with how the audience was handed ultimate control over which sport they watched, when and on what platform. I’m excited to see how that consumption evolves for the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

Q6. We’ve heard you’re a big AFL fan, who is your favourite team?

Western Bulldogs. Slow start to the year for the dogs. My dad in Melbourne isn’t too happy with their performance so far. I enjoy taking my kids to see the GWS Giants and Sydney Swans.

I am lucky – my three young fellas are keen to go to all sport – footy, cricket, supercars, horse racing, anything really.

Q7. Lastly, we learned that you coach AFL on the side (including your kids). What do you think makes a good coach?

Yes the under 10s and under 6s at the mighty Glebe Greyhounds junior club! It’s very serious stuff, especially the under 6s. If we lose a game the Johnston household isn’t a pleasant place to be on Saturday nights. I had hair prior to taking on this responsibility. For proper strategic coaching tips, I suggest you interview my colleague Peter Quinn.

Mega weekend of motorsport on Seven

By 7SPORT, SEVEN, SPORT

Bathurst 12 Hour returns to Seven, 7mate and 7plus this weekend

Sport fans are gearing up for this weekend’s highly anticipated Bathurst 12 Hour, Australia’s international endurance race, live and free on Seven, 7mate and 7plus.


Leading sports broadcaster Mark Berretta and Chad Neylon will take viewers live to Mount Panorama for the entire 12-hour event on Sunday from 5.00am AEST, following five hours of live coverage of the Top 10 Shootout and qualifying laps on Saturday afternoon, beginning at midday AEST.


In a coup for motorsport fans, four-time Bathurst 1000 winner Garth Tander will join the commentary team alongside motorsport experts Richard Craill and Matt Naulty, while Briony Ingerson leads the pit lane coverage.

Seven’s world-class Supercars coverage will continue uninterrupted during commercial breaks this weekend, through cutting edge picture-in-picture (PiP) technology introduced during the 2021 season.


Seven Melbourne Managing Director and Head of Network Sport, Lewis Martin, said: “The Bathurst 12 Hour is one of the premier events on the Australian motorsport calendar and we can’t wait to deliver all the high-octane action to Australians this weekend.


“Seven’s live and free coverage of the Bathurst 12 Hour will be led by a star-studded commentary team, with expert motorsport broadcaster Mark Beretta leading the way across the marathon event. Our team missed this event as much as the fans did in 2021, and we can’t wait to bring it back, bigger than ever this weekend.


“The Bathurst 12 Hour headlines a massive week of sport on Seven and 7plus, with Round Nine of the AFL kicking off on Friday night, a Saturday afternoon packed-full of thoroughbred horse racing, and all the thrills and spills from the Sydney Surf Pro. You won’t want to miss a minute of the action, right here on Seven,” he said.


After winning in 2014 and 2017, fan favourite Craig Lowndes will be aiming for his third Bathurst 12 Hour win on Sunday. The Australian motorsport legend will race a Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia Porsche this weekend, to raise funds for the charity close to his heart.


Fans can tune in to the full broadcast live and free on Seven, 7mate and 7plus, while the fullreplay will be available as catch up on 7plus, along with Supercars highlights, docos and other bonus motorsports content.

Supercars on Seven – Bathurst 12 Hour
12.00pm AEST Saturday, 5.00am AEST Sunday on
Channel 7 and 7mate
Stream all the action live, free and in HD* on 7plus

7NEWS Spotlight: Skin Deep

By 7NEWS, SEVEN

Deb Hutton’s personal mission to save Aussies

Her face was her fortune, but it nearly cost her life.


Deborah Hutton has one of the most recognisable faces in Australia, having graced television screens and magazine covers since the age of 16.


But two years ago, the former model and media personality was rushed in for surgery on a facial skin cancer which left her with a confronting large scar on her picture-perfect face.


No stranger to the effects of Australia’s harsh climate, having been diagnosed over the past two decades with multiple recurrent skin cancers, this was the final wake-up call that sparked Deb into action.


Now, the iconic Australian beauty is on a one-woman mission to save the nation one skin check at a time, bringing to life a campaign that shines light on the importance of prevention and skin cancer awareness.

This Sunday, in a major 7NEWS Spotlight television event not to be missed, Deb reveals the latest chapter in her deeply emotional journey with skin cancer, as she traverses the country on her plight to educate sun-loving Aussies.


Hearts will be touched by Oceana Hegyi, a 26-year-old mother-to-be who is recovering from stage 2 melanoma, and Paula Fox, another melanoma survivor and wife of trucking billionaire Lindsay Fox. These women, among many others, are following in Deb’s footsteps to make extraordinary change in the area of skin cancer awareness and prevention.


For Deb, her former life in the spotlight pales into insignificance as she comes face-to-face with the real heroes of her campaign.


“This has so much more meaning to me than half the stuff I’ve done the last 40 years… this is a different love, it has much more purpose and meaning behind it,” she said.


The emotional tell-all interview will delve deep into Deb’s battle and unpack her story, her struggle, and her scars, explaining how everything she’s done in her life until now has led her to this moment.


And in a shocking revelation, Deb reveals that she is not out of the woods yet.


7NEWS Spotlight: Skin Deep
This Sunday 8.45pm after The Voice on Channel 7 and 7plus

7NEWS Spotlight: The Fame Game

By 7NEWS, SEVEN

Fame is empowering, but there is no manual

Fame is a bittersweet game.


Sure, it has its benefits, but it doesn’t shield one from the darker side of a life lived in the public eye. What happens when the applause fades, the lights go down and the phone calls stop?

This Sunday, 7NEWS Spotlight returns to Channel 7 and 7plus for another epic season as it turns the spotlight on fame in an evening of revelations, laughs, tears and triumph, with a show packed-full of Aussie TV legends.


Hosted by television acting royalty, Home and Away’s Ada Nicodemou and Cameron Daddo, join some of Australia’s greatest-ever entertainers for one of the biggest nights of the year as Spotlight examines fame in all its forms.


A cavalcade of legends including Tony Barber, Rowena Wallace, Greg Evans and Mat Stevenson join some of the most well-known stars who found fame on the reality block, including Brynne Edelsten, Ajay Rochester, Melissa Rawson and Bryce Ruthven, to share their highs and lows of celebrity life.


The stars reveal the glittering excess of the glory days and the dark secrets of fame’s downside – death threats, assaults, drugs, money, crazed fans, terrifying stalkers and navigating the poisonous world of social media and online trolls.


The road to fame can take many twists and turns. In recent years that road has been littered with car crashes thanks to reality television, with ordinary people thrust into the spotlight and unprepared for the repercussions.


Join the biggest names of the entertainment industry as they gather for this not-to-be-missed night of revelations, culminating in the dinner party to end all dinner parties, with one very special moment that will bring you to applause.


7NEWS Spotlight: The Fame Game
This Sunday 8.50pm after The Voice on Channel 7 and 7plus

The Great Debate: The Final Showdown

By 7NEWS, SEVEN

Next Wednesday after Big Brother on Seven and 7plus

On Wednesday 11 May, the gloves are off as the Seven Network hosts the third and final leaders’ debate showdown between Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese live on Channel 7, 7plus and The West Australian.


7NEWS Political Editor Mark Riley will moderate the debate as both leaders face off for the last time before Australians head to the polls for the Federal Election on Saturday 21 May, featuring questions from The West Australian’s Federal Political Editor Lanai Scarr and 7NEWS political correspondent Jennifer Bechwati fresh from the campaign trail.


Immediately following the debate, Michael Usher will anchor a special edition of The Latest including the winner tallies and a comprehensive breakdown of the key issues.


Seven Network Director of News and Public Affairs, Craig McPherson, said: “This will be a showdown unlike any other debate, perhaps the most crucial hour of this campaign for both leaders, and there’s no better moderator than Seven’s Mark Riley.


“Mark has been with the leaders on the road since the campaign started. He is across all the key issues voters want answers to and with his encyclopaedic knowledge, it is sure to be a true test just 10 days out from when Australia votes for who will be our next leader.”


7NEWS, Australia’s #1 news service, is committed to bringing Australians the most comprehensive and dynamic election coverage, featuring informed commentary and analysis from an unrivalled team of political experts.


7NEWS dominates broadcast news in every state and throughout the crucial regions of Australia where others choose to ignore, reaching 3.5 million Australians every week at 6.00pm. That dominance is mirrored in the mornings driven by Sunrise across the entire country.


As the most-watched free-to-air broadcaster across all screens, Seven reaches more than 91% of Australia’s population each month, including in the capital cities, regional Australia and digitally on 7plus. In WA, that dominance backed by the unchallenged strength and scale of The West Australian, the fastest growing cross-platform news brand in the country.


The Great Debate: The Final Showdown
Live after Big Brother, Wednesday 11 May on Channel 7 and 7plus, with special coverage across The West
Australian’s print and digital assets

Seven joins UN Women’s Unstereotype Alliance

By SEVEN, Seven West Media

Seven West Media is proud to announce it has joined the Unstereotype Alliance’s Australian chapter to help end harmful stereotypes.


Unstereotype Alliance is an industry-led initiative convened by UN Women that unites media, advertisers and advertising agencies to affect positive cultural change by using the power of advertising to help shape perceptions.


The members of the alliance collaborate to help create a world without stereotypes, empowering people in all their diversity, be it gender, race, class, age, ability, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, language or education. The Australian chapter was set up in November 2021.

As one of Australia’s leading media companies, Seven West Media is committed to its responsibility to work with the industry and encourage the end of harmful stereotypes, including gender stereotypes, to lead positive social change.


Whether it’s depictions of men struggling with household chores or changing a nappy, to girls being less academic and women unable to park a car, campaigns that reinforce negative stereotypes can cause offence, resentment and restrict people’s aspirations and opportunities.


Seven West Media Chief People and Culture Officer, Katie McGrath, said: “Seven takes its role as a positive and progressive force in society seriously. We recognise our important responsibility to work with brand partners to lead positive social change. “It’s clear that harmful stereotypes contribute to inequality in society and limit people’s potential. As an industry, we must continue to work with our peers to encourage diverse, inclusive and non-stereotypical representations of all people on-screen.”


Founding members and allies of the Australian chapter of the Unstereotype Alliance include Accenture, Bayer Australia, Coles, Diageo Australia, Facebook Australia, Google Australia, IKEA, IPG, Ipsos Australia, Mars Australia, Mastercard Australia, Omnicom, Optus, Publicis Groupe, Salesforce, Snap Inc., Suncorp, Unilever ANZ, WPP AUNZ, Westpac and the Australian Association of National Advertisers.


In February, Seven West Media was the first media company in Australia to be named an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

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