Original The Voice coaches, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green, plus host/producer, Carson Daly fielded questions from reporters Saturday at the Television Critics Association Press tour in Beverly Hills.
Reportedly, one of the first questions asked had to do with the inability of the show to launch a successful alum. That seemed to make the panel a little bit defensive!
The response didn’t deviate from what has been the show’s party line–that it would be nice to have a star that they can call their very own, but it doesn’t matter. And what’s more, it’s not even the aim of the show! Well, no kidding. It’s difficult for the contestants to pull the necessary focus that would allow them to attract a rabid fan base when the show revolves around the chemistry of the star-studded panel.
Here’s what Adam Levine had to say about the lack of post The Voice success:
“I think it would be really nice to launch a huge star. A lot of things have to happen in order for that to take place. I think the goal of the show is to do what we can do for these amazing singers while they’re on the show … I think that we all know that the lightning in a bottle you have to capture to be successful in this business is extraordinary difficult. I’m not sure that that is the overall mission statement of the show. I think it would be really amazing if that happened. Because it hasn’t happened yet doesn’t seem like a shortcoming of the show, it just seems like something that hasn’t happened yet. I would love that, we would all love that.
Depending on how you define success, there’s been a lot of success from people who’ve been on this show”
In that last statement, Adam sounds like a stan after their special snowflake’s career failed to take off. Heh.
“We totally understand because of the comparisons that might exist out there, why it might seem to be a failure on the show’s part. The immediacy of winning and becoming a huge star is a fairytale that we would love to see take place, but it’s still a fairytale.”
Producer and host, Carson Daly added:
It’s not the main goal [producing a star] Jumping in here from the producing standpoint, there’s winners on this show everyday … You’ve got four of the biggest names in music that are offering experience. This is an experience. Even for contestants who come on and want to make it in the business and they don’t get a chair turned, one of these guys says something … That little nugget of advice — they leave our show feeling like they won.
If a contestant leaves the show feeling like a winner. WELL THEN I GUESS THEY WON! GOLD STARS FOR EVERYBODY.
If Big Machine Records chief, Scott Borchetta, works his magic, and cycle 4 winner, Danielle Bradbery becomes a big country star–her success would certainly become the centerpiece of the following season’s promo. Carson Daly would never say, “Yeah, Danielle is a huge success, but that’s beside the point of The Voice…next!”
Just the egos of the coaches alone probably have them dying to be the one responsible for launching a star. Adam and Carson’s remarks sound like so much rationalization for what really is a shortcoming built into the structure (coach-centric) of the show.
Other tidbits from the panel include:
- About his “I hate this country” gaffe, from a May episode Adam Levine said, “It’s part of my personality to say things that piss people off.” and “”Everyone makes mistakes. If your intentions are good and someone misunderstands you, regardless of what the scenario is, I think people can see through stupid media hype. No offense.”
- Christina Aguilera on taking a break from The Voice, “I needed a moment to step away. Thank god for Shakira. She did a beautiful job.”
- On Usher taking his place for season 4, Cee Lo Green said, “It was awkward and intriguing at the same time. It was a bit of an out-of-body experience.”