A common criticism of NBC’s surprise hit “The Voice” is that, in its nearly four full seasons on the air, it’s yet to spawn a musical superstar the likes of Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood. It may have the ratings supremacy over “American Idol” at this point, but will it have nearly a lasting legacy?
During a special hour of “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” Oprah Winfrey herself sat down with all four current coaches (Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Usher and Shakira), but it was a quick aside with host Carson Daly that illuminated the show’s thoughts regarding this criticism.
Oprah asked Daly, standing alongside Usher, point blank about the judgement lobbed the show’s way, which the former MTV VJ struck down. “Oprah, when did the endgame become success? And what does it mean to be successful? What does it mean to be a breakout star? [The artists] are breakout stars. Would it be nice if one of them had a number one hit according to Billboard’s Top 100? Sure. Will it happen? Probably.”
Usher added, “And they’ve come close.” Daly finished up his defense, saying, “And it doesn’t come without work. Luck favors the prepared.” Oprah loved Daly’s final comment, telling the host, “I’ll be using that quote.”
– Usher clarified that the reason he’s sitting out Season 5 (other than the fact that it was always in his contract) is that he’ll be portraying boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming film “Hands of Stone” with Robert De Niro.
– Shakira tells Oprah she’s taking a breather so that she can spend time with newborn son Milan and focus on her new album, due out before the close of the year.
– Blake admitted that he still speaks to past artists, some of them on a near-daily basis, via text message. Can he be any nicer?
– Adam admitted that every time he and band Maroon 5 perform on the show it’s nerve-racking because he wants to prove that he has any right to be able to coach people on how to perform. Adorable.
Do you think “The Voice” will ever have a successful winner?