Blake Shelton is a little burnt out on The Voice. JUST LIKE WE ALL ARE.  Here’s what The Voice coach  had to say about shooting back to back seasons in the spring and fall via a backstage interview at his CMA Fest concert Friday night:

 “At some point, something’s gotta give. I’ve been very vocal with the network and Mark Burnett’s production company. It’s like ‘Man, this sucks, because the reason that you want the four of us is because we’re viable artists right now—current. And we can’t do both, if we do back-to-back seasons.’ I’ve been hammering ‘em about it.”

Love it. To be fair, Blake does go on to say that he the show and can’t imagine NOT doing it, but…

“We are gonna do this fall,” he emphasized. “We’ve already committed to that. And in fact we start in a week or two, filming it again. And I look forward to that. I love it, and I can’t imagine not being a part of The Voice, ever. I mean, I’d love to do it from now on. But it just needs to work in a way that I can still come out here and see these people that are here (attending the CMA Festival) tonight across the country and do that at the same time. So, something’s gotta give.”

Watch the interview below: (Via Yahoo.com)

 
  • OffLeash

    Blake has a point. But I thought they were gonna alternate judges. If they don’t that show is gonna get old real fast, and it’s already getting old judging from the ratings, like all those talent shows IMO. Having new celebs for judges would at least renew interest. Just like Idol badly needs 3 new judges, but that’s for another thread.

  • http://www.jstamers.com/ Jordan Seltzer

    IMO XF will beat The Voice for the reason that XF is bringing something new and The Voice was just on and was the same old thing as the first season and people lost interest.

    XF has a ton of buzz with Britney and Demi right now.  I know people dislike XF on that site – but they have to admit the buzz is there.

  • OffLeash

    I hate XFUS, but as far as buzz, I agree with you. The new judges should help with the ratings. At first anyway. I hope Idol is scouting for new judges too or they’ll do worse than XFUS next time around.

  • Anonymous

    Yep.  They need to alternate judges for several reasons.  No matter how entertaining the judges are, they will get old to the audience at some point.
    Maybe the network figures the show will burn out before the udges do.

  • OffLeash

    LOL. Yeah, maybe!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XY62PETGTXO3FFQXX45UKQ2O7M Steph

    The Voice has better talent than AI but The Voice’s battle rounds are what kills the show for me. Just pick the teams from the blind auditions and get on with it. No battles. Among the singing comp shows, the only thing stupider than The Voice’s battle rounds is the no-audience voting rounds of Duets.

    Idol still reigns.

  • http://www.jstamers.com/ Jordan Seltzer

     I love XF. Its my favorite show hands down – but I think Idol cant survive another season with its current judges. I think Idol needs to get rid of Nigel as I think he isnt the biggest problem there. They need someone who sees things with out ego.

    And the judges IMO need to all go. For a show that is based in many ways on Middle America, it would be obvious that a Shania Twain or a Faith Hill should be a judge. Just makes sense. They also need to get a record executive similar to Simon that will be honest. It cant continue to be a “love affair” – people are bored with that.

    As for The Voice…I think NBC will kill the show just like they do every single other show on there network. They are so desperate that they have to put something like this on 2x a year – no other network does that. The ratings fell in the Spring and they wont have the luck of “interest” in the fall like they did after the Super Bowl.

  • Anonymous

    Even with 2 sets of judges, back to back The Voice is a bad idea. I actually hope the fall show goes down in flames to teach the network a valuable lesson. But I won’t worry about it. I’ll be watching Xfactor in the fall anyway. I’lL be ready for the blind auditions again in a year.

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/AdorablyHooked Gwen

    Hmmmm….Blake is cute AND smart.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t imagine how The Voice judges will handle that schedule, given their busy music career and the fact that they have to work with the contestants. I guess it would be too risky to start switching out a popular group of judges while the show tires to work out the kinks. Maybe they’ll alternate judges in Spring.  

    I’m not as worried about viewer fatigue: If people really enjoy a show, they’ll tune in twice a year (e.g DWTS), especially if the contestant pool is fresh. If they dislike it, it won’t matter how often it airs…they still won’t watch. And fortunately for The Voice, it won’t be competing directly with X Factor. Idol airing on a different day didn’t hurt its ratings (DWTS did). I actually missed The Voice when it ended, so I’m looking forward to watching both shows this Fall. I really like the current vibe of Voice and X Factor and the fact that the winner is not a foregone conclusion. It also helps that the Voice is modifying its format and that the X Factor has new judges (Last year’s judges drove me crazy; if they hadn’t hired Britney and Demi, I’m not sure I would tune in…Simon is an evil genius!).

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Blake is so right on this. It’s all just too much. NBC is such a desperate network.

    Idol is BY FAR the best format of the 3 IMO, the only one I would consider watching for a whole season. XF is about judges fighting and using kids as pawns, The Voice just falls to shreds after the chairs are done turning. Idol’s problems are all about the way they execute the format and the people they pick to judge and compete, but it is still the best in terms of staying engaged for a season and giving the artists a real chance to build a fanbase.

  • Anonymous

    I think doing your biggest show twice a year isn’t smart. It burns the brand name out quicker. Make people wait for it.
     
    But then again, NBC’s two biggest shows are The Voice and America’s Got Talent. It’s the only ratings winners they have right now, so I guess that’s why they’re using them so much.
     
    They also need to start thinking about how to build stars from this show. I know it can be done, I just see not much trying being done at it. The Voice now has to compete with Idol and X-Factor in terms of getting people to audition. If the other shows can make a star, wouldn’t you want to go to them instead of the one that doesn’t?
     
    I like The Voice a lot. Mostly because of the chemistry between the judges. So I hope they fix it’s problems and don’t burn it out. Otherwise it won’t stay on air many more years. :(

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I like the show, and a lot of people here like it too. It’s a fact, despite the hatred of some. But Blake is a 100% right. It’s obvious two times a year, with the same judges, is wearing. I’m not sure if I gonna see every episode like I did last season.

  • Anonymous

    Allegedly, the show is making a few changes regarding the battle rounds & something else…..  Perhaps they’ve been listening to comments about oftentimes putting 2 good performers against one another…. Don’t know why but it’s been said by MB that things are in the works for fall…..

  • Anonymous

    I LOVE ‘The Voice’ & think the reason it’s a hit for NBC, (which they needed), is because the judges are relavant/current…….   Blake knows what he’s talking about…….:)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    They also need to start thinking about how to build stars from this show

     

    Having more live shows, the fanbases of the contestants grow each time they appear live.

    It’s a a wonderful show and many people don’t like it because, truth be told, it took some viewers from Idol, as X-Factor did. But these people need to calm down because the 3 shows aren’t going anywhere anytime soon;

  • Anonymous

    I find it fun and NBC obviously found a great panel of judges. I just want this show to have longevity and so this twice a year thing makes me nervous.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I agree, the contestants of The Vocie were much more interesting than Idol’s contestants this year. Unfortunately, they weren’t highlighted enough and that’s what need to be fixed.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Twice a year with different judges can work. With the same can’t. So expect worse ratings this season, but better next season as they hire someone like Lady Gaga or Pink for the panel.

  • Anonymous

    That would be nice if they could get names like that. I’m worried they’re going to get panelists that don’t gel as well as the current ones though.

  • OffLeash

    I doubt Lady Gaga will ever be a judge on The Voice since she’s an Interscope artist. She could theoretically do Idol though, but I really doubt it. Now if by some miracle Idol managed to get her as a judge, the ratings would go off the roof for sure.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Robin Thicke is from Interscope and is doing Duets. Will.i.am is too and is doing The Voice UK. The labels that support both shows are both UMG’s labels. I think the labels just want as much exposure as possible, they don’t care in which network it will be.

  • Anonymous

    Having more live shows, the fanbases of the contestants grow each time they appear live. It’s a a wonderful show and many people don’t like it because, truth be told, it took some viewers from Idol, as X-Factor did.

    I  completely agree on both counts. A few more live shows and shorter battle rounds would fix a lot of The Voice’s problems. Personally, I don’t care if it doesn’t have Idol’s ratings (what show does?). It clearly appeals to a sizeable niche of people who probably appreciate all the things that distinguish it from Idol. Using ratings to argue that the Idol formula is better than The Voice makes as little sense as saying that the DWTS formula is better than SYTYCD. Higher ratings mean higher mass appeal: it says nothing about quality. IMO, there are a lot of things that need fixing on Idol, but sadly, it will never happen because the ratings are high and the current “formula” brings in the best tour sales.  I get the logic, but I don’t think the show is for everyone.

    By the way, Blake’s main concern is that the judges will  be overextended and won’t be able to do as thorough a job. He said nothing about viewers getting tired of The Voice.

  • OffLeash

    Hey, I learned something today. I had no idea The Voice label(s?) were under UMG. I like the show, but I never bought anything from any of the contestants, and I assumed since they’re competitors with Idol they also relied on a competitor for their labels. The plot thickens…

  • Anonymous

    The Voice deals are with Universal Music Republic, but the labels have nothing to do with the tv shows. 

    Leandro said: Having more live shows, the fanbases of the contestants grow each time they appear live. It’s a a wonderful show and many people don’t like it because, truth be told, it took some viewers from Idol, as X-Factor did.

    I don’t think that this can be used as an excuse for why people don’t like the show, especially when the ratings over the past two installments saw the in season drops that they did. Those ratings drops were about the show itself, and not AI or XF. Even though AI saw a huge season to season drop this year, the ratings throughout the season were stable, and the same can be said for the XF.

    The Voice started off with 46 million viewers, and then looked like they would stabilize at 16 million during the first round, so the fact that the ended the season drawing 8-9 million viewers is troubling, as the President of NBC said. None of that has anything to do with AI, XF, or any other show.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Well honestly, the thing bled viewers shortly after the chairs were done turning, and the process started BEFORE Dancing With The Stars aired, and did the same thing last year. So The Voice actually has real issues that go beyond blog fan wars IMO.

    I actually liked The Voice last year and wanted to like it this year, but I got turned off by the shitty treatment of the alums post-show and the stupidity of the process of winowing down the singers, as well as the wonky voting system.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F3XJE5GRAUMYR7Y5RYZUW7SC4U md

    Ideal world, judges get paid millions while essentially taking a break from touring. Then they tour afterwards and make more money than they otherwise would have from touring because of the increased exposure.

  • OffLeash

    The ratings dropped because the battle rounds are awful on top of being totally unfair. From what I understand, instead of getting rid of the battle rounds altogether or radically altering their format, the only change planned is that they will keep the chairs for those rounds, whatever the hell that means in terms of the show format. They need to nuke the duet format altogether IMO, but it doesn’t look like it’s gonna happen.

  • Anonymous

    A return to wholesomeness, a la Scotty/Lauren.  No more using Idol as JLo’s launching pad.  It would be a bold move, but it might pay off.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I don’t disagree. I know the show needs a lot of changes. The BR, for example. They could make the coach’s vote count for 3. In case of tie, the 5th judge (the public) decides and next day we would have results. They can’t change too much the “team format”. It would be too different from the original and the show is a franchising. But they can eliminate one by one and we would have like 2 months of live shows, time enough for the contestants to have a bigger fanbase. And, of course, get rid of instant eliminations, saves and point system.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I don’t disagree, as I said to Tinawina. All of the 3 shows need changes. It’s undeniable that, for example, the auditions of American Idol are being extremely boring without Simon Cowell and they need to change it somehow.

  • Incipit

    This show? I think the ‘chairs’ part is interesting, though I only ever watched it here, from mj’s videos.  But it’s all about the judges, really, and their reaction to the blind auditions – and the interactions when they are trying to sell themselves as the mentor to be chosen. That’s different enough to catch the attention.

    But then the show continues to be all about the judges – with them back in the position of power – dueling with each other – and the contestants are just how they keep score. (And they are not really all that good at mentoring, none of them – some of those song choices? Geeze.) I think I don’t care to watch people being screwed over, when there is no hope that it will actually matter who wins…they go through that for nothing much at all….it’s the judges who pick up the chips. These shows are predicated on a time-honored narrative – check Joseph Campbell and the Hero’s Journey. If that show pretends to sell the Journey (and they don’t even do that well), what’s the point, if there’s no Hero’s Reward?

    Or this – what Tinawina said.

    “I got turned off by the shitty treatment of the alums post-show and the
    stupidity of the process of winowing down the singers, as well as the
    wonky voting system.”

    JMO.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

     Neither one has produced a “star.”  AI had a star the first three seasons, although one has turned into a really big star – Kelly C.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    People still watching SYTUCD and AGT and none of them produce stars. I think the audience don’t care too much about it, at the end of the day. The artists who are auditioning are happy to have some exposure. It doesn’t harm to get some fans, even if some will abandon them some years later. But it happens with almost every artist.

  • heartly

    They’re trying to run the show into the ground, like all things NBC touches.  I had also thought they said they were going to have alternate judges for the different seasons, but I guess not.  Or maybe these 4 had already signed some papers for x amount of seasons, whenever they happen to be?  With 2 seasons of the show on in a year, how are these 4 judges supposed to get anything of substance done in the main side of their profession?  It sure is a double edged sword, this show is.

    Besides being a little burned out on The Voice, I think Blake is on the verge of just being completely burned out period.  Admittedly I don’t follow Adam, Christina or Cee Lo as closely, but he seems to be the one that is trying to actively sustain the main part of his career while doing the show.  I thought he was noticeably starting to wear down during this last season.  There was a stretch there right before they came back for the live shows that he did something like 15 concerts in 17 days.  That’s a brutal schedule for anyone. Now he’s working on two albums?  Yeesh, I get that they want to capitalize on this major wave he’s on right now, but he’s right, something has got to give.  A full studio album isn’t really necessary right now, imo.  Just a Christmas one makes a lot more sense.  Go sit your butt down for a month and do nothing, dude!  lol

  • Larc

    It will serve NBC right if this added season of The Voice totally flops and they lose their butts on it.  Even if it were good, which I honestly don’t think it is (it’s entirely too much about the judges and not enough about the contestants), too much of almost anything gets tiresome after awhile.

  • supersonic

    The Voice is NBC’s only hit (other than Sunday Night Football) so of course they’re going to run it into the ground.  They’re desperate.  I wouldn’t be surprised if they try to throw on more once all of their new shows flop. 

    But Blake is right.  Back to back seasons is just going to kill the show.  Once NBC kills this show, they will have no more hits left.  But I thought they were going to have new coaches/judges for the spring season.  That should be something different to help the show for a little bit.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XY62PETGTXO3FFQXX45UKQ2O7M Steph

     ..and totally gay for Levine which is hot. lol. :-p

    Why is it that we never get the sex tapes that we actually *want* to see?

  • Anonymous

    A return to wholesomeness, a la Scotty/Lauren.  No more using Idol as JLo’s launching pad.  It would be a bold move, but it might pay off.

    While we’re at it, they should just rename it “Middle American Idol”. 

    I don’t see the big deal with judges promoting their singles. It’s harmless and everyone else does it.  J Lo’s performances are usually entertaining and she probably pulls in new viewers. Steven Tyler promotes singles too, but that doesn’t seem to bother anyone.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    UMG is just happy that the artists from both labels can perform on the two biggest american’s shows. Some artists from Interscope were performing on The Voice (like One Republic) and someartists from Universal Republic Records were performing on Idol (Nick Minaj, Lisa Presley, etc…). At the end, the real winner in this competition between the shows is UMG.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DY5236XYY2SBL7EJNTK5ROIGMA Madred

    If they got rid of the Battle Rounds, I would again. I saw season one and watched until the battle rounds this season. The battle rounds are just too much and aren’t fair to the artists.