'The Voice Australia' 2017 returns: Blind Auditions, air date, judges, everything you need to know

'The Voice Australia' 2017 returns next Monday
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Australian singer and "The Voice" Australia judge Delta Goodrem  (RTR3F97E)
Australian singer and "The Voice" Australia judge Delta Goodrem arrives at the "The Voice" Season 4 premiere screening in Los Angeles, California March 20, 2013. Goodrem's team member Judah Kelly emerged as the winner of "The Voice Australia" Season 6, which was announced on Sunday, July 2 on Nine Network. Reuters/Gus Ruelas

“The Voice Australia” 2017 returns for season 6 on Monday, April 24 on channel Nine. The reality program, which has seen a decline in popularity in the last few years, has roped in British singer Seal back in the show. The move is anticipated to boost the declining ratings.

"Seal has been a part of it since the inception and I can't wait for him to get back in his big red chair," fellow coach Delta Goodrem, who has signed up for her sixth season, told Sydney Morning Herald. “Seal has won it the two years he was on the show so it will be a big challenge to come up against Seal again, but I'm truly looking forward to having my friend back." Goodrem was also responsible for the success of “The Voice Australia” 2016's winner Alfie Arcuri.

Meanwhile, Seal will be returning for his third season after a three-year hiatus. The “Kiss from a Rose” singer was the force behind 2012 and 2013 winners Karise Eden and Harrison Craig's success. The other two judges are Boy George and Kelly Rowland.

“I am super excited to be doing The Voice in Australia because I know they can take a bit of banter and I won’t be holding back,” George said. He previously appeared on “The Voice UK.”

“I love discovering new talent and giving people an opportunity. When you’re truly passionate and you have something unique to express, that’s worth supporting,” Rowland told News Corp Australia. The Grammy-winning singer and former Destiny's Child member judged “X Factor USA” in the past.

Meanwhile, former “The Voice Australia 2016” judge Jessie J has announced her departure from the show after two seasons. She said she wants to focus on her upcoming album. “It feels so good. I love doing the show. I've done four seasons. Two in the UK and two in Sydney but I just need to make another album,” she told The Mirror UK in a previous interview.

The show will return on Monday, April 24, for three consecutive nights of Blind Auditions. According to SMH, one hundred singers have made it past the auditions, but only a few will go through the next round of live shows. The winner will be awarded a recording contract worth $100,000 with Universal Music Australia.

“The Voice Australia” 2017 will see a new format of live shows, where only a few artists get to perform. Here, live public voting continues, determining the contestants who go home each week. The show will have the usual rounds of Blind Auditions, Knockouts and Battles. It airs at 7:30 p.m. local time every Monday, starting April 24.