• Ford Carter

Eurovision stars who have been coaches on 'The Voice' around the world




With the tenth season of ‘The Voice Australia’ underway, and featuring two previous Eurovision alumni as coaches, we take a look at ‘The Voice’ franchise around the world to see where other Eurovision stars have participated as coaches on the famed franchise.



Zëri i Shqipërisë (Albania)


The Albanian version of ‘The Voice’ has so far seen three Eurovision stars grace the rotating chairs, with 2011 representative Aurela Gaçe coaching in the third season, 2019 representative Jonida Maliqi coaching in the fifth season, and 2012 representative Rona Nishliu coaching in the sixth season.



Vokali e fëmijëve (Albania)


The Albanian version of ‘The Voice Kids’ has also seen two Eurovision stars serving as coaches, with 2016 representative Eneda Tarifa coaching in the show’s second season, and intended 2020 representative Arilena Ara coaching in the show’s third season.



Հայաստանի Ձայնը (Armenia)


The Armenian version of ‘The Voice’ has seen three Eurovision stars appearing as coaches, with 2007 representative Hayko coaching through the second and third seasons of the show, 2010 representative Eva Rivas appearing alongside him in the show’s third season, and 2018 representative Sevak Khanagyan coaching in the fourth season.



The Voice (Australia)


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Of course, even in Australia we have our share of Eurovision stars who have served as ‘The Voice’ coaches. 2015 representative Guy Sebastian has been serving as a coach since the show’s eighth season, and 2018 representative Jessica Mauboy has made her debut coaching the tenth season of the show alongside him.



Səs Uşaqlar (Azerbaijan)


2019 Azeri Eurovision representative Chingiz Mustafayev served as a coach on the debut season of ‘The Voice Kids’ that recently finished airing.



The Voice van Vlaanderen (Belgium)


The Flemish Belgian version of ‘The Voice’ has seen two Eurovision stars appear as coaches. Alex Callier of Hooverphonic has served as a coach during the first, second, fifth, and sixth seasons of the show, while Belgium’s 2016 representative Laura Tesoro served as a coach on the seventh season of the show.


Laura also served as a coach on the third, fourth, and fifth seasons of the Flemish Belgian version of ‘The Voice Kids’.



The Voice Belgique (Belgium)


Of course, Belgium doesn’t only have a Flemish population, and the Walloon population are served by ‘The Voice Belgique’. The series has seen Natasha St-Pier (who represented France at the Eurovision Song Contest 2001) appear as a coach during the shows second and third seasons.



Гласът на България (Bulgaria)


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Three prior Eurovision stars have appeared on the Bulgarian version of ‘The Voice’, including 2006 representative Mariana Popova, who served as a coach during the first season, 2010 representative Miroslav Kostadinov, who served as a coach during the first three seasons, and 2011 and 2016 representative Poli Genova, who coached during the shows fourth and fifth seasons.



La Voix (Canada)


The French-Canadian version of ‘The Voice’ featured Lara Fabian as a coach. Lara Fabian represented Luxembourg at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1988, where she placed fourth, while her entry ‘Croire’ (‘Belief’) became a hit across Europe, selling nearly half a million copies.



The Voice Hrvatska (Croatia)


Seasons one and two of ‘The Voice Hrvatska’ featured 1994 representative Tony Cetinski and 2017 representative Jacques Houdek as coaches.



Hlas Česko Slovenska (Czech Republic and Slovakia)


The joint Czech-Slovak edition of ‘The Voice’ featured one half of the 2015 Czech representative duo, Marta Jandová, as a coach during the shows second season.



The Voice Kids (Finland)

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One of Finland’s most memorable Eurovision stars, Krista Siegfrids, has served as a coach on the junior edition of ‘The Voice’ for Finland during the show’s first two seasons.



The Voice – la plus belle voix (France)


1988 Luxembourgish Eurovision representative Lara Fabian returns as the first of our Eurovision singers to coach on two different versions of ‘The Voice’. Lara co-coached amongst some of the biggest names in the French music industry during the show’s ninth season, including Amel Bent and Marc Lavoine.



The Voice საქართველო (Georgia)


Coaching through three seasons of the Georgian version of ‘The Voice’ was Stephane Mgebrishvili. Although possibly not an immediately recognizable name to Eurovision fans, Stephane was a member of Stephane and 3G, who were supposed to represent Georgia at the 2009 contest with ‘We Don’t Wanna Put In’, which was disqualified.


Another Eurovision star to have coached the Georgian edition of ‘The Voice’ is Anri Jokhadze, who represented Georgia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku with ‘I’m a Joker’.



ახალი საბავშო ხმა (Georgia)


The children’s version of ‘The Voice’ in Georgia was also coached over by Stephane Mgebrishvili during its first season.



The Voice of Germany (Germany)


Successful German 2019 representative Michael Schulte got to sit in one of the revolving chairs during the comeback stage of the tenth season of the German version of ‘The Voice’.



The Voice Kids (Germany)

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Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2010, Lena Meyer-Landrut, served as a coach on ‘The Voice Kids’ in Germany for six seasons, including the first four consecutive seasons.



The Voice of Greece (Greece)


The Greek version of ‘The Voice’, which also features potential singers from Cyprus, has had two former Eurovision superstars act as coaches – Sakis Rouvas (since season three) who represented Greece twice in 2004 and 2009, and Helena Paparizou (also since season three) who is responsible for Greece’s only win at Eurovision.



The Voice Ísland (Iceland)


2017 Icelandic representative Svala Björgvinsdóttir served as a coach during the two seasons in which ‘The Voice’ ran in Iceland, alongside other big names in the Icelandic entertainment industry such as Helgi Björnsson, Salka Sól Eyfeld, and Unnsteinn Manuel Stefánsson.



The Voice Indonesia (Indonesia)

Global superstar Anggun, who represented France at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012 in Baku, served as a coach on the third season of ‘The Voice Indonesia’ for her home country.



The Voice of Ireland (Ireland)


Brian Kennedy, famous for singing the 1,000th song at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2006, served as a coach during the first season of the Irish edition of ‘The Voice’.



The Voice of Italy (Italy

Italian international superstar Al Bano, who represented the country at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1976 and 1985, both with Romina Power, served as a coach on the Italian version of ‘The Voice’ during the show’s fifth season. He also served as a coach during the debut season of ‘The Voice Senior’ in Italy.



Lietuvos Balsas (Lithuania)

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Donatas Montvydas, better known by his stage name of Donny Montell, has represented Lithuania at the Eurovision Song Contest twice, once in 2012 and once again in 2016. He has also served as a coach on ‘Lietuvos Balsas’, the Lithuanian version of ‘The Voice’, since season 2 in 2013.


Jurgis Didžiulis, member of the Lithuanian music group InCulto, who took part in Eurovision in 2010, also served as a coach during the show’s first season. He served in a duo with Erica Jennings of the group SKAMP, who represented Lithuania at the 2001 contest.



The Voice of Holland (Netherlands)


Multiple Eurovision stars have coached the original edition of ‘The Voice’, which was first conceived in the Netherlands by famed television producer John de Mol (also known for creating the ‘Big Brother’ franchise).


2015 representative Trijntje Oosterhuis was a coach during seasons three, four, and five, alongside one half of the 2014 representative Ilse DeLange for the fourth and fifth seasons. 2013 ‘Birds’ singer Anouk served as a coach on season six, before returning to coach through seasons eight to twelve, alongside the other half of the 2014 act, Waylon, who coached from seasons seven through twelve.


Meanwhile, Eurovision Song Contest 2021 co-host Jan Smit acted as a coach in the show’s eleventh season.

Jeroen van der Boom, as part of the male group De Toppers, represented the Netherlands at Eurovision in 2009, and served as a coach on ‘The Voice’ in the show’s inaugural season.



The Voice Kids (Netherlands)

Ilse DeLange has also served as a coach on the junior version of ‘The Voice’, coaching on seasons five through eight, and then since season ten. 2016 Dutch Eurovision representative Douwe Bob served as a coach during the show’s seventh season, while Anouk also served as a coach during the show’s eighth and ninth seasons.



The Voice Senior (Netherlands)


Gerard Joling represented the Netherlands at Eurovision back in 1988 with the song ‘Shangri-La’, and has also served as a coach on the senior edition of ‘The Voice’ in the Netherlands during its inaugural season and since season three. Gordon Heuckeroth, who was another member of De Toppers in 2009, served as a coach during the first season.


These two are joined by Ilse DeLange, who has served on every season of ‘The Voice Senior’, and each Dutch edition of ‘The Voice’.



The Voice of Poland (Poland)


‘The Voice of Poland’ has featured three former Eurovision artists who served as coaches, including 1994 representative Edyta Górniak in seasons three, five, six, eleven, and twelve; 2001 representative Andrzej Piaseczny in season one, six, seven, and eight; and 2016 representative Michał Szpak from seasons eight to eleven.

Edyta Górniak also served as a coach on the first season of ‘The Voice Kids’ in Poland as well.



Голос (Russia)

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The Russian version of ‘The Voice’ has seen four Eurovision alumnus make their way as coaches on the show. Dima Blian, who came second in 2006 and won the contest in 2008 for Russia, served as a coach during seasons one through three, and five and six of the show. Ani Lorak, who came second at Eurovision in 2008 for Ukraine, served as a coach during the show’s seventh season, while Russian representative at the 2015 contest, Polina Gagarina, served as a coach during seasons four and five, eight and nine.



Голос. Дети (Russia)


Dima Bilan also served as a coach during the children’s version of ‘The Voice’ in Russia, coaching throughout the show’s first four seasons, while Polina Gagarina also served as a coach during the show’s seventh season.


Meanwhile, Ukrainian singer LOBODA, who represented the country at Eurovision in 2009, served as a coach during the sixth and eighth seasons of the show.



La Voz Senior (Spain)


Pastora Soler, who represented Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan in 2012 with ‘Quédate conmigo’, also acted as a coach on the second season of the senior edition of the ‘The Voice’ in Spain.



The Voice Sverige (Sweden)


Carola Häggkvist (better known simply as Carola) has represented Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest on multiple occasions, including in 1983 with ‘Främling’, and in 2006 with ‘Invincible’, and winning the competition in 1991 with ‘Fångad av en stormvind’. Carola also lent herself as a coach to Sweden’s first season of ‘The Voice’.



The Voice of Switzerland (Switzerland)


Anna Rossinelli, who won ‘Die grosse Entscheidungs Show’ (the Swiss national final) and represented Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 with the song ‘In Love for a While’, was also a coach during the third and fourth seasons of ‘The Voice’ in Switzerland.



O Ses Türkiye (Turkey)

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Hadise, the Turkish representative to the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, has served as a coach during all nine aired seasons of ‘O Ses Türkiye’ (‘The Voice Turkey’), all three aired seasons of ‘O Ses Çocuklar’ (‘The Voice Kids’), and the debut season of ‘O Ses Türkiye RAP’ (‘The Voice Turkey RAP’), which began this year.



Голос країни (Ukraine)


The Ukrainian version of ‘The Voice’ has had a plethora of Eurovision stars serve as coaches. 2004 Eurovision winner Ruslana served as a coach during the show’s first season, while 2016 Eurovision winner Jamala served as a coach during the seventh and eighth seasons of the shows.

Ukraine’s 2008 singer, Ani Lorak, coached during the show’s fourth season, serving the gap left by 2006 representative Tina Karol, who served as a coach on the show from its third to eleventh seasons, excluding the fourth. Ani Lorak joined two-time Russian Eurovision representative Sergey Lazarev, who also served as a coach during the show’s fourth season.


Oleksandr Ponomariov, who was the first representative of Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2003, served as a coach during four of the show’s first five seasons. And Monatik, who opened the first semi-final of the 2017 contest, which was hosted in Ukraine, served as a coach from seasons nine to eleven.



Голос. Дiти (Ukraine)


The children’s version of ‘The Voice’ in Ukraine has also seen some Eurovision legends serve as coaches, including previously mentioned Tina Karol (during the first three seasons), Monatik (during seasons three and four), and Jamala (since season five).


Meanwhile, Svetlana Loboda, who represented Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009, served as a coach during ‘The Voice Kids’ debut season.


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