Veteran folk duo The Bushwackers last night surprised coach Jessica Mauboy, and the audience, by quitting The Voice.
They made the announcement during the Ultimate Callback episode in which Mauboy was about to choose between eliminating them and singer Ezra Williams (sister of Young Divas singer Emily Williams).
Vocalist Dobe Newton interjected, saying, “I think we can make this easier for you. This show and the challenges to come we think are about people just beginning on their career journey, so Roger and I have decided you need Ezra in your Battle team.
“As much as we’re having a wonderful time, this is about the future and Ezra’s the future.”
It was a gesture applauded by all (although not one they offered when singer Tiarose Burgess was eliminated as they progressed last week).
Nonetheless, their exit was footnoted with a rousing reprisal of the iconic I Am Australian, which Newton co-wrote with The Seekers’ Bruce Woodley.