The Voice returns to NBC with a splashy post-Superbowl premiere on Sunday February 5.  Check out this extended preview of Season 2.

The Voice Coaches on Harsher Critiques, Poor Alum Record Sales

A cast of eight celebrity mentors have been announced that included American Idol Season 1 winner, and pop star, Kelly Clarkson.

UPDATE: Windmills identified one of the hopefuls in the preview. “The girl in the preview shown singing Stay by Sugarland (the one Blake’s shown reminding that he turned around 1st) is Gwen Sebastian (who confirms on her website she auditioned). She had a deal with the indie Lofton Creek Records, where Carmen Rasmussen was also signed after AI. ”

BONUS: Cee Lo Green talks to Dateline about his childhood (His parents were ministers, he lost them both before he was out of his teens) his slow climb to the top, the “Imagine” controversy and more.

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  • windmills

    The girl in the preview shown singing Stay by Sugarland (the one Blake’s shown reminding that he turned around 1st) is Gwen Sebastian (who confirms on her website she auditioned). She had a deal with the indie Lofton Creek Records, where Carmen Rasmussen was also signed after AI. 

    Christina’s “not a real vocalist” diss to Blake shows she really hasn’t grasped how to trash talk without sounding like a jerk. Adam and Blake are much better at being funny when they trash talk. Blake’s line at the end about how if you don’t tune into The Voice after the Super Bowl, you probably don’t have any friends is typical Blake and it made me LOL.

    I’ll be tuning in this season, though I wasn’t too impressed by any of the singers they previewed.

  • Anonymous

    That was a really well-done preview. Two problems: 1) Carson Daly; and 2) Having NO CHART SUCCESS with the Season 1 artists, how much longer can the show go before running out of steam?

  • Anonymous

    I like both Idol & The Voice. I like the preview. It shows some of the good singers & one of the best things about the show – the blind auditions.

    It’s interesting to me after the comments Idol made at the FOX TCA meeting that people are debating around the Internet which show they prefer The Voice or Idol. I see many people say they prefer The Voice because it’s an entertaining show. But very few people say the talent is better than Idol, they like the contestants, or will buy their music after the show. Marketing these contestants albums after the show has already been a problem. An entertaining show is great & a reason to watch, but if many fans actually don’t care if the contestants succeed or not & don’t support them then they will not find a successful recording artist.

  • Anonymous

    I like both Idol & The Voice. I like the preview. It shows some of the good singers & one of the best things about the show – the blind auditions.

    It’s interesting to me after the comments Idol made at the FOX TCA meeting that people are debating around the Internet which show they prefer The Voice or Idol. I see many people say they prefer The Voice because it’s an entertaining show. But very few people say the talent is better than Idol, they like the contestants, or will buy their music after the show. Marketing these contestants albums after the show has already been a problem. An entertaining show is great & a reason to watch, but if many fans actually don’t care if the contestants succeed or not & don’t support them then they will not find a successful recording artist.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Corey/100001242253711 Chris Corey

     I absolutely LOVED the preview for the Voice 2. Okay so the Voice didn’t find a huge star in season 1 but lets remember it was the first season of the show and for season 1 it was a great show. Its more about the coaches and of course Moves Like Jagger was a SMASH HIT. What I loved in seeing this preview it reinforced everything that was wrong about the X Factor. These coaches/mentors on the Voice have a much more natural, fun, sexy and great chemistry. Its Christina with her three brothers but its all fun and positive. Nothing seems scripted or FORCED here whereas the X Factor was one big scripted contrived MESS plus the judges had ZERO chemistry. I think with season 2 they will iron the kinks out and make this a better show. I also love what the Voice does is the take us behind the scenes of them mentoring the contestantS> The X Factor NEver did that. Carson Daly still is better then Steve. Did anyone in this preview think what it reinforced was how much better this show is from X Factor? Its fresh, fun, virbrant and different from Idol and it doesn’t have to constantly brag about a five million dollar prize. How would you compare the Voice judges chemistry to the X Factor?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VCEZD3N6FHT6AVC6TG7VKTBONQ Raftrap

    I wasn’t planning on watching, but this video reminded me that Blake is just the coolest person ever, so yeah, it’s sealed.

  • Anonymous

    “How would you compare the Voice judges chemistry to the X Factor?”

    The Voice judges have chemistry. The X-Factor judges do not. In either case, though, I’m not interested in shows that are about “the judges.”

    Why do I want to sit around and listen to four smug rich people banter and bait each other (or, more accurately, pretend to banter and bait each other) about nothing in particular while a bunch of desperate wannabes suck up to them frantically craving — but apparently not getting — somebody’s attention for long enough to help them launch *their* careers?

    Sounds like the run-up to the French Revolution, kind of. … That being the case, I’d rather watch Les Miz (but probably without Taylor Swift.)

    I don’t mind some of the reality contests like Top Model that folks here have likened to The Voice and X-Factor. Because there, at least, you get to see some kind of cool stuff about a field of endeavor and contest — for Top Model, fashion and fashion photography — occasionally. And most of the banter and baiting takes place not among the same-old, same-old judging panel but among a new cast of contestants each season, so its flavor changes. Plus, the contestants actually *are* desperate, so their baiting is at least real to that extent, while with these “judges” the “fights” strike me as being 1000 percent phony. Because why would they care enough to fight, really? It’s being on the show that gets the judges something, not whether they “win,” so they don’t actually have anything to fight about.

    Bottom line: While I realize that the chemistry of the judges matters a lot to many, maybe most, viewers, I couldn’t care less which group of judges has more of it. For both shows, the judges totally overshadow the contestants, and those aren’t the shows for me. I find them both fakety fake fake fake fake fake and boring-y boring boring boring boring boring.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    I still say this is the show that’s going after XFactor’s throat, not Idol. So far they are the “edgy, cool, fun” show with star power that XF is trying to be, but isn’t yet. And if the rumor about Christina having a rapper on her team is true, I consider that a direct hit at XF. This show just does the basic premise better. I also wouldn’t be surprised if THIS were the show that truly brings in a young, pop-oriented audience. I think The Voice’s ratings will be up a lot this year.

    If they can fix the post-show process to really push the finalists, that would be the nail in X Factor’s coffin. But after that press conference the other day, it doesn’t seem like anyone really cares to do anything about it.

    Idol is an established feel good “family” show. I don’t think any of the others are really trying to be that. I suspect Idol’s rating will drop some this year but still be higher overall. If Idol will lose anyone, it’s the teens, young adults who don’t make up the bulk anyway. That’s not good but the show will survive.

  • Mateja Praznik

    I personally prefer The X Factor. I admit I didn’t watch The Voice much last year, but my impression was that the contestants were mostly charisma-free and not really marketable. And the highlights of the show were performances from the 4 judges. It’s really not surprising that no none cares about the contestants. At the beginning it was nice to see 4 fairly relevant artists as mentors, but it’s not really a good thing.

    I like how X Factor does things. They didn’t show much mentoring on X Factor USA, but that doesn’t mean it’s non existent. However, you have to understand that mentoring on the X Factor basically means: pick songs for your acts, tell creative director/vocal coaches/vocal producers your “vision” for each performance and let them do their job until dress rehearsal. I mean, you can’t expect from someone like Simon to tell Melanie how to sing a song.  He is not an artist.

    I also have to say that for me, X Factor offered the most appealing talent.

    For me:

    The X Factor > Idol > The Voice

  • falafel

    Was that Tony Lucca all over the previews? I hope not. I’ve always liked his music a lot, but something about watching him perform gives me severe second-hand embarrassment. Oh, well. This’ll be my chance to get over it, I guess. Le sigh.

  • falafel

    What I thought was especially stupid about Christina’s diss was that singing is pretty much the only thing Blake can do well. (That, and come up with comebacks that aren’t lame, Christina.)

    I’ve been waiting for someone to sing Stay on one of these shows forever, so yay. It’s pretty much the perfect reality show competition audition song, assuming you have the voice to pull it off.

  • Anonymous

    “This show just does the basic premise better. I also wouldn’t be
    surprised if THIS were the show that truly brings in a young,
    pop-oriented audience.”

    Maybe. But they’re really going to have to change the contestant mix for that, aren’t they?

    I mean, last season it was mainly a bunch of established, pretty competent but OLD people …. and then a bunch of pretty not-prepared-for-this kids, seems to me.

    And since they seem to go out and bring people in for the show, rather than just having auditions, where are they going to find the fresh, YOUNG voices that one presumes the young audience wants to see? Unless maybe what the young audience really wants is to see bickering celebrities, not potentially killer young contestants.

    Which I guess is a strong possibility in our celebrity-obsessed culture, come to think of it.

  • Anonymous

    I agree that The Voice needs to fix how they work with the contestants post-show to be successful in the music industry. I agree it seems like from the conference they don’t really care. If that’s true, then at a certain point the show is just an entertaining tv show, but doesn’t make any successful artists including winners & all the finalists. This could potentially be a problem. Example: Let’s say The Voice is in it’s 4th season. They have great ratings, but nobody from any of the previous seasons are relevant or even mediocre stars in their genre. This will hurt their credibility because like Idol & XF The Voice is trying to find a successful artist.

    I agree The Voice’s ratings will be higher this year (last year it averaged 11 million). I think they will average 15-18 million this year. Idol will continue it’s drop, but it will still be the #1 show. Idol has a season average of at least 26 million every year since S1. I think for the 1st time since S1 it will average less than 26 million. But I predict Idol’s season average to be 24-26 million.

    I agree Idol is the “family” show. I think this is one of the reasons it gets such monster ratings unlike The Voice or XF. XF & The Voice had good 1st seasons, but many people still talk & watch Idol in groups. I don’t think XF or Voice has many people watching in groups. Idol’s S10 still have many people & even celebrities like Tim McGraw, Jamie Foxx, Sarah Jessica Parker, etc. still saying “I’m watching Idol with my family” or “My favorite on Idol is…” I don’t remember many celebrities talking about Voice or XF & their favorites or that they even watch the show. Since both of these are young shows, time will tell if both of these shows can be a pop culture phenom like Idol is. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BHCD4X7GHJ23SMJ2M2RCQUSNUM Pat

     I thought Adam Levine showed himself to be a grade A ass.
    They all are so self important. By the end of the season I found that show
    pretty intolerable. 

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    I think The Voice last season came off as very indie-cool. They mostly seemed like the kind of folks college aged people go to festivals to see. So I could see them doing well with late teens and young 20s. And the fact that the panel were all people on pop radio would bring in pop music lovers. I don’t know about tweeners though, that seemed more of an Idol/XF thing.

    But I do agree casting is a big deal this year. Last year they didn’t find a lot of people who really oozed charisma, so they have to up the ante this year. If XF beat them in any way, it was in pop spectale and in casting more top 40 types. If The Voice can nail that, they will have won half the battle right there.

    Since both of these are young shows, time will tell if both of these shows can be a pop culture phenom like Idol is.

    I honestly think the others could get there, if they make the right moves in their second season. But for now, it doesn’t feel like either is going for an all-ages, all genre appeal. Which is great, that can be successful as well. I think XF is trying more than The Voice though.

  • Anonymous

    “I think The Voice last season came off as very indie-cool. They mostly
    seemed like the kind of folks college aged people go to festivals to
    see.”

    Yeah, that was kind of the vibe I got, too. ….  Still think it skewed kind of *old* indie cool, though.

    I guess I’m surprised to hear that indie-cool could be a big audience getter, however, though you’re probably right, and I’m underestimating the breadth of its appeal.

    I assume we heard about their audience demographic, but I don’t remember what we heard.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Hmm. You may be right. Javier and Beverly are like that to me (may appeal to older people), but Dia, Xenia and Vicci seemed to skew younger. But them again it all had a Lillith Fair kind of vie which is pretty 90s. Heh. It’s not like anyone was Pitchfork kind of cool, except maybe Dia.

  • windmills

    falafel: What I thought was especially stupid about Christina’s diss was that singing is pretty much the only thing Blake can do well. (That, and come up with comebacks that aren’t lame, Christina.)

    Exactly!!

    OK here’s another ID, except there’s no way I would’ve gotten this on my own since you can’t really see her face. According to this tweet that was retweeted by country songwriter Nicolle Galyon, you can see Adam Levine hugging Nicolle Galyon at the 2:09 mark of the extended promo.

    Who’s Nicolle Galyon? Why, she’s the very talented songstress who cowrote Growing Her Wings and Dirt Road Prayer from Lauren Alaina’s debut album. 

  • Anonymous

    Yep, Lilith Fair is what I was getting.

    Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see how they cast this season. I still think the big draw must be the judges, though, since I got so little sense of the actual contestants from stuff like the sing-off-in-the-ultimate-fighting-ring rounds and so on.

  • sd34567

    Yup.  Tony Lucca auditioned because his fans saw what happened with Javier Colon and encouraged him to try out for it. 

    Who knows what team he’s on.  Christina fans want him to be on her team because of their days in the Mickey Mouse Club together.  There are also some complaints that the fix is in for him.

  • falafel

    That’s kind of sweet that his fans encouraged him to try out. I saw him do some shows with Josh Kelley and some other guy whose name I can’t recall (blond, drunk, made me want to ask for my money back) a few years ago, and I really enjoyed it. I remember thinking his music was better than Josh’s, so imagine my surprise when Josh Kelley got signed to a label before Tony Lucca. There’s no telling how these things go, I guess.

    I hope it works out for him either way. It seems a little early to be
    complaining that the fix is in, since we don’t even know how far he
    gets or whose team he’s on. I got the impression he had a pretty dedicated fanbase — though this was a while back, so it might have dwindled by now — so I can see why the coaches would want to have him on their team.

  • falafel

    That’s freaky. For all the musicians and songwriters that are kicking around out there, I’m always surprised by how incestuous the music community is.

  • sd34567

    Apparently he has 500,000 Twitter followers, but you know, that really means nothing.  Are they all going to vote for him?

    But yeah, it’s way too early to say that the fix is in for him.  Nobody knows what team he’s on (I’m guessing Blake or probably Adam).  Nobody knows how he’s going to do on the show.  It’s way too early.