The Voice Australia premiere: Rita Ora draws mixed reviews with her slinky purple dress

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Rita Ora made quite the fashion statement on Monday night’s season premiere of The Voice Australia.

The British pop star, 31, divided opinion with her futuristic purple frock, which featured ruched detailing around the bodice and tight long sleeves.

The midi-length dress, designed by Sportmax and priced at $800, also boasted a racy thigh split and scoop neckline.

Fashion statement: Rita Ora, 31, drew mixed reviews for her slinky purple dress during the season premiere of The Voice Australia on Monday night

Fashion statement: Rita Ora, 31, drew mixed reviews for her slinky purple dress during the season premiere of The Voice Australia on Monday night 

Rita matched the striking ensemble with purple eyeshadow and accessorised with a gold bracelet, hoop earrings and stiletto heels.

Rita’s daring look quickly became a point of contention among fans, with some critics branding the dress ‘unflattering’ and ‘gaudy’.

‘Rita needs a stylist… what’s with her Lycra dress? Eyesore and not flattering at all. Looks like a 12-year-old made it,’ one viewer commented.

Dividing opinion: The midi-length dress, designed by Sportmax and priced at $800, also boasted a racy thigh split and scoop neckline

Dividing opinion: The midi-length dress, designed by Sportmax and priced at $800, also boasted a racy thigh split and scoop neckline

‘Glad I’m not the only one baffled by what she’s wearing…’ responded another fan. 

Another critic added: ‘Every year The Voice never ceases to disappoint with its questionable fashion styling. What the hell is Rita wearing?’

Despite these unfavourable reviews, Rita did manage to win over plenty of fans with her avant-garde ensemble.

'Rita needs a stylist': Rita's daring look quickly became a point of contention among fans, with some critics branding the dress'unflattering' and'gaudy'

‘Rita needs a stylist’: Rita’s daring look quickly became a point of contention among fans, with some critics branding the dress ‘unflattering’ and ‘gaudy’

‘Rita looks like a beautiful doll in purple’, one fan wrote, while another commented: ‘I love this dress on you’.  

Other users described Rita’s look as ‘stunning’ and ‘quirky’, with one writing: ‘A little mesmerised with Rita Ora’s eye makeup and how it matches her dress.’ 

Meanwhile, Rita was left stunned by The Voice Australia contestant Danny Phegan’s stellar blind audition during Monday night’s premiere. 

'You look stunning': Despite these unfavourable reviews, Rita did manage to win over plenty of fans with her avant-garde ensemble

‘You look stunning’: Despite these unfavourable reviews, Rita did manage to win over plenty of fans with her avant-garde ensemble

Eye catching! Rita matched the striking ensemble with purple eye shadow and accessorised with a gold bracelet, hoop earrings and stiletto heels

Eye catching! Rita matched the striking ensemble with purple eye shadow and accessorised with a gold bracelet, hoop earrings and stiletto heels 

Say what? Meanwhile, Rita was baffled by one The Voice Australia contestant's very Australian turn of phrase on Monday night

Say what? Meanwhile, Rita was baffled by one The Voice Australia contestant’s very Australian turn of phrase on Monday night 

But judge Rita was also baffled by the 45-year-old singer’s very Australian turn of phrase when he uttered the slang term ‘fair dinkum’ following his powerful performance.

‘Fair what?’ asked the perplexed English singer-songwriter. 

Her Australian counterpart Guy Sebastian then explained that the well-worn Australian phrase meant ‘seriously’ or ‘honestly’.

Fair what? Contestant Danny Phegan (pictured) uttered the slang term'fair dinkum' following his powerful performance

Fair what? Contestant Danny Phegan (pictured) uttered the slang term ‘fair dinkum’ following his powerful performance

However Rita then butchered her own attempt at using the expression, saying ‘[I] fair dickum love singing,’ to the amusement of her fellow judges.

‘I fair dickum love you,’ she added, pointing at Phegan, seemingly unaware that her accidentally R-rated version of the term wasn’t quite right. 

‘We’ve got some work to do, haven’t we,’ joked Phegan about their language barrier.  

Learning the language:'Fair what?' asked the perplexed English singer-songwriter. Her Australian counterpart Guy Sebastian then explained that the well-worn Australian phrase meant'seriously' or'honestly'

Learning the language: ‘Fair what?’ asked the perplexed English singer-songwriter. Her Australian counterpart Guy Sebastian then explained that the well-worn Australian phrase meant ‘seriously’ or ‘honestly’ 

Rita was also confused by another term uttered by the singer – ‘I wanna give it a crack’. 

‘I wanna give it a crack’? she asked, before someone explained to her it meant ‘giving it a go’. 

‘You know, I can’t understand a word!’ Rita said, still baffled by Phegan’s heavy accent, before adding, ‘But luckily music has no language. I’d love you on my team’. 

LOL: Her fellow judges including Jessica Mauboy (pictured) were in stitches over the exchange

LOL: Her fellow judges including Jessica Mauboy (pictured) were in stitches over the exchange

However he opted not to go with the I Will Never Let You Down hitmaker, instead picking Keith Urban as his coach for the series.

‘I thought on the way up here… if Keith turns I’d love to say G’day to you. Thank you mate.’ 

The father from the NSW town of Walla Walla wowed judges with his acoustic rendition of Niall Horan’s This Town.

Eventually judges Urban, Ora and Jessica Mauboy all turned their chairs.

Only Guy was left unmoved by Danny’s performance.  

Chair turner: Country singer Danny opted not to go with the I Will Never Let You Down hitmaker, instead picking Keith Urban (far left) as his coach for the series

Chair turner: Country singer Danny opted not to go with the I Will Never Let You Down hitmaker, instead picking Keith Urban (far left) as his coach for the series

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