The Voice coach Guy Sebastian’s brutal rejection

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Australian superstar Guy Sebastian has shared the barrage of brutal rejection he faced when trying to break into the music industry before making it on Australian Idol.

WATCH: Guy Sebastian’s brutal rejection from the music industry 

On the premiere episode of The Voice, the coach recalled his experience with the music industry in an emotional piece to camera.

“My parents were always like, ‘Make sure you study’, so I went to university to study medical radiation but I was desperate to do music, to sing. So I quit,” Guy explained.

So, the ARIA award-winning artist, decided to chase his dreams.

“I found all these labels, got the addresses, saved up all my money and made this big trip to Melbourne,” Guy recalled.

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Guy was visibly emotional as he recalled the story. (Credit: Channel Nine)

Making his way around the city submitting his EP to various record labels, Guy was faced with rejection after rejection, for a very disappointing and disheartening reason.

“Every single one of them had the same thing to say: ‘Like your voice but you don’t have the right image, you don’t look like a pop star,’” he recalled

The look on the now 38-year-old’s face said it all.

“I resided myself to the fact that I can’t change how I look but I can sing so maybe I’ll just be a producer or a songwriter. Then Idol came along and my mates said ‘You’ve got to try out’,” Guy continued.

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Guy with his fellow The Voice coaches. (Credit: Instagram)

Luckily he followed their advice, not only auditioning but winning the competition in 2003. Then going on to record multiple albums, win multiple awards, tour and star on two talent shows – X Factor Australia and The Voice.

Almost two decades later, Guy’s reason for choosing to coach on The Voice feels all the more poignant given the Blind Auditions.

And, if Sunday’s episode was anything to go by – from 16-year-old Mr Mullet Adam Ludewig to queen of rock Virginia Lillye – we may just find our next Guy Sebastian.

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