While “The Voice” is an undeniable rating success for NBC, the show has consistently faced criticism over its inability to launch a successful winner the likes of Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood. The show’s Saturday (July 27) panel at the Television Critics Association 2013 summer press tour was no different.
Though the network wanted the focus of the afternoon’s Q&A to be the reunion of the show’s original four coaches (Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green), right off the bat, reporters forced the talent on stage to defend their show’s track record.
For the coaches, it seems success isn’t even necessarily expected on the show, at this point — though they aren’t hoping it will happen.
“I think it would be really nice to launch a huge star,” Levine begins. “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,” he continues.
“It’s not the main goal,” host and producer Carson Daly adds. “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.”
Do you think it’s a shortcoming of “The Voice” that the show hasn’t launched a successful artist at this point in its run?