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Goodrem hits back at critics over The Voice

Delta Goodrem has responded to criticism of her role as coach on Nine's smash hit reality series The Voice.

The Sydney-based singer-songwriter gathered with fellow coaches Keith Urban, Joel Madden and Seal last night to launch the next phase of the blockbuster show's competition - the live episodes.

"People forget how long I have been around," she said.

"I have been around since I was a kid. I have weathered many different storms and I know who I am and my friends know who I really am. I'm only here with the best intentions. I love music, I love the other artists. I'm thankful for what comes my way."

Goodrem has been the subject of some barbed comments from various critics and columnists and has, at times, taken a lashing on social media.

One piece from a News Limited columnist described Goodrem as an "expensive piece of tinsel decorating the coaches' panel".

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So does she approach the live shows, which start on Monday, in a different manner? "We're learning all the time, all four of us," she said.

"It's the first time we've all done this. There are (times) when I say I could have done things differently, or I'll do this right this time. But I went with my heart during the shows, it's as simple as that. What I am focusing on now is my artists. I have spent the last couple of days working with them. It's not about me. It's about them. I have had a ball getting to know them. I'm passionate about the songs I've picked with them."

Asked if she was surprised with the way the show has been presented on-air compared to how it was taped, she smiled widely.

"We shot for hours and hours," Goodrem said. "Seal and I are talkers. In the auditions, we talked for (up to) maybe half an hour per artist, and when we saw it (on-air) it was like... wow! I'm terrible with soundbites because my head just flows on as a songwriter. I have to work on chopping it up a bit so I can be more helpful."

For his part, Goodrem's colleague-in-arms Keith Urban, who arrived in Sydney this week after a brief sojourn to Scotland where wife Nicole Kidman is shooting a new film, dismissed the fuss surrounding her.

"I haven't heard of any of it," he said. "Delta was telling me the other day about it, but I'm oblivious to it. It's really just white noise. That's all it is."

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