“The Voice” returns to NBC for its second season in the enviable timeslot after the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 5 — and it has been supersized.
Instead of each coach – Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton – choosing eight contestants to be on each of their teams, they each will pick 12 people who they have only heard but not seen, which means more blind auditions and more weeks of competition.
“We will go straight to blind auditions which, I think, is what people are so familiar with and understand,” executive producer Mark Burnett tells XfinityTV when asked if there will be any special elements to the post-Super Bowl episode. “Probably, many, many people who haven’t seen ‘The Voice’ will get a chance to watch it, so it is really, really important to us that we get right into the blind auditions. We are starting fresh.”
Burnett says that he doesn’t know at this point how many extra weeks of blind auditions will air, but one thing that is set as of now is who is on which team.
“The talent is actually very diverse this year,” Aguilera says. “I have somebody on my team – I am not naming names thus far – I have an incredible opera singer that makes you want to cry . . . to amazing soul singers and powerhouse vocalists.”
“Anything can happen from day one up until the end. The possibilities are endless,” adds Levine. “We all have great teams. Anyone can take it this year.”
Last year’s runner-ups are proof of Levine’s words. In addition to winner Javier Colon, several other finalists have gone on to land record deals.
“I know Beverly [McClellan] has,” Aguilera tells XfinityTV. “I know she has an album coming out soon called ‘Fear Nothing.’ She is such a powerhouse to be reckoned with. We know they are all going to go on to do great things. That is the great thing about the show. Even if you don’t win ‘The Voice’ title, you are out there on such a massive scale where anything is possible for your career.”
“Dia [Frampton] has an album coming out on Universal, and so does Xenia, the other girl on my team who made it to the finals,” adds Shelton, who sang on one of Dia’s songs. “Their singles are both coming out soon and Dia just shot her video.”
“Javier is finishing up his record. I just sang on one of his songs,” Levine says. “It sounded amazing.”
“Those are things we are doing that we don’t have to. It would be easy for the show to end and, ‘See ya,’” says Shelton. “It is just not that way. They are people we end up caring about.”