Jessica Mauboy is back on a singing competition, but this time as a judge. And having run the gauntlet on Australian Idol, the 32-year-old says that her own experiences have shaped the way she judges contestants on The Voice Australia. 

‘Sometimes words can really, really hurt and people aren’t ready for that,’ she told The Daily Telegraph. ‘I think about my own personal journey, thinking about Mark Holden and Kyle Sandilands at the time, and I saw one way of coaching and how that comes across,’ she added of the former Australian Idol judges. 

‘I want to completely aware of how much this person on the stage, who is baring their soul, is going to be able to take because they might walk away and be like, “You know what? That just stuffed my whole dreams and I don’t think I ever want to do this again”‘ she said. 

Jess rose to fame in 2006 on the fourth season of Australian Idol, where she was runner-up to winner Damien Leith. ‘Sometimes words can really, really hurt and people aren’t ready for that,’ she told The Daily Telegraph.

‘I think about my own personal journey, thinking about Mark Holden and Kyle Sandilands at the time, and I saw one way of coaching and how that comes across,’ she added of the former Australian Idol judges.

At the time she signed a recording contract with Sony Music Australia – a deal which she has since severed. Speaking to The Daily Telegraph in November, The Voice mentor said she’s feeling the best she’s ever felt after leaving Sony Music and signing a new contract with Warner music.  

‘There is a huge liberation,’ Jess told the publication. ‘My mind has grown, my body has grown, I know I am capable.’ The former Australian Idol star also reflected on her incredible career over the years. 

‘I feel incredibly proud with what I have achieved in my career to date and how it has shaped me into the woman I am today’ she said.Last year, the singer admitted that she had considered quitting the music industry before taking control of her career. 

The past 12 months have been massive for Jessica, after she parted ways with Sony Music and her manager and entered a new and freer era of music.She has proven to been a hit with viewers of The Voice Australia as she made her coaching debut on the Channel Seven show.Jessica is currently taking her Boss Lady tour around Australia. 

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