Questions asked regarding legitimacy of The Voice contestants Christchurch Terror tale

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Questions are being asked if producers of The Voice have misled viewers by implying New Zealand vocal group The Koi Boys were set to perform in Christchurch on the day of Mosque Massacre.

On last night’s program, New Zealand born vocal group The Koi Boys joined up with fellow contestant Daniel to perform The Beatles classic ‘Let It Be’ as a tribute to the victims of the Christchurch massacre.

The emotional performance led to plenty of tears from both the performers and judges with Kelly Rowland initially unable to speak, while the trio’s mentor Delta Goodrem departed the stage to composed herself.

In the lead-up to the performance, the band indicated they were booked to perform ‘What A Wonderful World’ in Christchurch on the day of the massacre.

However, questions are now being asked regarding the accuracy of this story with Entertainment Journalist Peter Ford reporting on 6PR the trio were in fact on a New Zealand cruise on the day the massacre occurred.

Ford went on to report that members of the group had posted social media posts from the cruise, expressing shock about the attacks.

A spokesperson for NINE defended the situation today telling TV Blackbox;

"We have spoken to The Koi Boys, they were featured performers on a cruise ship that docked in Christchurch on 15th March 2019, the day of the terrorist shootings, they were unable to leave the ship for security reasons (nor were any passengers).

That evening, having been distressed by the horrific event, they performed “What A Wonderful World” as part of their planned set, which was obviously a highly emotional experience for them and everyone grieving."

However, that statement appears to be at odds with a social media post from band member Young Nuzzy, who indicated on Instagram the cruise arrived in Christchurch a day after the attack on the 16th of March.

Enquiries by TV Blackbox indicate no cruise ships were turned away from the Christchurch harbour on the 15th of March.

The Koi Boys first appeared on The Voice in 2016 and secured a recording contract with Universal Music shortly after their appearance. As the first prize for appearing on The Voice is a contract with Universal Music, it would appear the trio only returned to the show this year for increased media exposure.

Emotional backstory’s have become a big part of The Voice format as producers look to squeeze every last tear out of all involved. However it would be a poor look if producers have unfairly used a terrorist attack to add unnecessary emotion to a singing contest.

The Christchurch mosque shootings were two consecutive terrorist attacks at mosques on 15 March 2019. The attacks killed 51 people and 49 people were injured.

The emotional performance from The Koi Boys was not enough to see them progress to the next round however with judge Delta Goodrem making the decision to eliminate the trio from the competition.