By Zachary Swickey
Many people thought NBC’s singing competition “The Voice” – which features songstress Christina Aguilera, country crooner Blake Shelton, Cee-Lo “Eff You” Green and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine as judges/mentors – would get swept under the rug considering “American Idol” has long had a stranglehold on the competitive singing market. Turns out, folks loved it, and the new season is gearing up to be a much bigger production with more singers, more blind rounds and a massive premiere.
Season two is set to kickoff in one of the most coveted television spots around – the slot immediately following the Super Bowl – and production is already well underway. This year the four teams will expand to twelve singers per coach, a significant increase from last year’s eight. Billboard spoke to the judges about the forthcoming season and Aguilera was quick to note the variety of singers the show will spotlight, saying, “I have everything from an opera singer to a powerhouse MC to soul singers."
“We’re gonna make the Super Bowl look small,” Shelton confidently claimed.
Though season one is already in the rearview mirror, the judges haven’t left their old contestants high and dry – Levine reportedly appears on several tracks for last year’s winner Javier Colon’s debut album, which will be released through Universal on Nov. 22 and features production duties from Pharrell Williams. Read More...