WITH DEAN BENSON
Now, I’m more than happy to admit that a fortnight ago this column would have been very different indeed.
Back then, I was a massive Delta fan.
Her obvious good looks and, let’s be honest, what is an amazing singing voice were more than enough for me to ignore most criticisms of her.
And the fact that she has a preference for “toy boys” always made me believe I was in with a shot.
My office colleagues even went so far as to change my computer desktop to include an array of Delta pics.
If that wasn’t enough, my internet home page was also changed to deltadaily.com while I was away from my desk.
At first I didn’t mind but then, while I was sick last week, I accidentally caught an episode of The Voice and it all went downhill for Delta from that point on.
I know the judges have to be big personalities and what not, but the way she carries on is nothing short of embarrassing.
From miming along to the lyrics of every song the contestants sing, to the swaying in her seat with her eyes closed and the over-the-top standing ovations, are all just a bit much for me.
And it seems like I’m not the only one – as one person tweeted last week: “Is Delta under the influence?”
I will say a lot of the flack she cops on social media is uncalled for as most of the comments are brutal, personal attacks, but then carrying on like a goose on national television doesn’t help her cause.
But I think the biggest cause of the tall poppy syndrome in her case has been because she has somewhere along the line made a transition from the innocent-eyed girl next door to a “look at moi, look at moi” attention-seeker.
WITH PAMELA FROST
Delta Goodrem is sitting on top of the world right now and while her hot seat is copping a lot of criticism, I think it’s doing her career the world of good.
When you work in the media, you soon learn that any sort of feedback is good, because it means people are reading, listening or watching, and reacting to it.
I think the same could be said for Miss Goodrem.
She was a hit with her first and second albums, but then seemed to fall off the radar for a couple of years.
And then, bang!
She’s made another entrance into Australia with her judge role on The Voice and her new single, timed quite nicely if you ask me.
Everyone is talking about her, even our office.
I’ve heard the words “fake”, “Barbie”, “gorgeous” and “my future wife” used a few times.
I’ve always loved Delta and her beautiful hair but since The Voice I have been swept up into the new anti-Delta club.
I’m not sure if it’s her true colours, but after only one episode, I found her annoying, fake and not-so-inspirational.
Mr Benson over there only jumped onto the anti-Delta bandwagon recently, just after he heard a rumour she’d had plastic surgery (pretty sure it’s only a rumour).
Whatever happened to liking someone for their personality?
I don’t think Delta has a case of tall poppy syndrome, I think she’s copping criticism because Australia is starting to realise that she’s not the person we thought she was.
Or maybe fame has turned her into the Barbie-doll product.
Whatever the case, I still think she has a beautiful voice and it won’t stop me from liking her music.