On Sept. 25, Blake Shelton hit the publicity trail to promote the new season of “The Voice” on NBC. His first stop was “Today,” followed by an interesting chat with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan on “Live.” Both interviews provided some good scoop on the new season, including why Blake loves season five, how the judges are working together now that they’re back together, and what fans can expect.
During his interview with Natalie Morales on “Today," Shelton talked about competition among the judges to score big talent for their teams. Despite winning “The Voice” in seasons 2, 3 and 4 with Jermaine Paul, Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradberry, Blake explained that not all contestants are eager to have him as their mentor. “I’ve had a hard time getting people to come on my team this year,” the country superstar stated on Wednesday. “I had a hard time putting together my team.”
Now that they’re reunited for season five, judges Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green are all hungry for a win and doing whatever they can to convince competitors with true talent to shy away from Shelton. The “New York Daily News” reported, “The coaches started off night two with energy and the eagerness to succeed.” It also stated that they’re teaming up and gunning against Blake. Despite this, Shelton told Natalie Morales that it’s great to have judges reunited. “It’s like they never left,” he stated. Shelton added that he loves this season because "the family is back together."
Cher will serve as a mentor this season on “The Voice.” Blake Shelton said that Cher is fun to be around and that she reminds him of his wife, Miranda Lambert. “She doesn’t take herself seriously, but she doesn’t take crap either,” he explained. “She’s real,” he added about Cher. According to CMT, when Cher performed during last season’s finale, Blake “could hardly contain his excitement.” He later confessed to Yahoo Music that his late father was a huge Cher fan. When asked why she was his pick as a mentor on “The Voice,” he replied, “Cher is just as viable and important to music today as she ever was.”
"The Voice" returned this week with strong vocalists from across the country. Celebrity musicians and original coaches Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green and Blake Shelton are back, while Carson Daly once again serves as host. The show's innovative format features four stages of competition: the blind auditions, the battle rounds, the knockouts and, finally, the live performance shows.
In the final live performance phase of the competition, the top artists from each team will compete each week during a live broadcast. The television audience will vote to save their favorite artists, and the two artists with the lowest number of votes will be sent home each week. In the end, one will be named "The Voice" and will receive the grand prize of a recording contract.
New episodes of “The Voice” air at 8 p.m. EST (7 p.m. CST) on Monday and Tuesday nights on NBC. To see one of the best auditions so far, be sure to watch the video above and to the left.
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