The ratings continue to be high on ‘The Voice,’ but fans can’t help but notice that most of the show’s winners haven’t made big career moves after their seasons ended. Even 9-time coach Blake Shelton admitted that the record deal process hasn’t been great — read our EXCLUSIVE interview with him here.
Blake Shelton is open about his love for The Voice, but there’s one part of the show even he can’t wrap his head around. The country singer admitted to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that things aren’t handled well when it comes to the winners’ post-show record deals…and, unfortunately, he has no idea what can be done to fix it.
The 39-year-old has won the show four different times, and while his young country singers, Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery are slowly rising in the country world, his other two winners, Craig Wayne Boyd and Jermaine Paul haven’t really been heard from since their respective seasons. Other winners, Javier Colon, Tessanne Chin, Josh Kaufman and Sawyer Fredericks, have also seemed to have trouble having that breakout moment in their careers.
“The record deal that happens after the show has not been good,” Blake tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “There is no way around it. Adam [Levine] has spoken about it. I don’t know what we can do as coaches, but it is a fact that they are not being handled the way they should be handled. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out.”
Indeed, the Maroon 5 frontman has also been open about his feelings on this issue. “I’ll be relatively cryptic about what I think the big problem is,” he told Howard Stern. “When the baton is passed post-Voice, there’s some problems. People take over after we do this great job of building these people up on the show. There’s some real issues there.
“The rollout of all that is still such a mess,” he added. “And, by the way, just to clarify, this has nothing to do with what happens on NBC or with the people. In that time, we do so much great s*** for those singers, and then they go to a record label I won’t mention. But they go to a record label that f***s it up.”
Still, Adam and Blake are currently in their ninth season with the show, and have already signed on for a tenth. The show continues on Nov. 16 with performances from the Top 12, and two will be eliminated on Nov. 17. Could Blake win this season again?!
HollywoodLifers, do you feel there needs to be a different process for contestants who win the voice so they can be more successful after the show?
— Alyssa Norwin, reporting by Russ Weakland