NBC has been busy today! The Television Critics Association Tour (TCA) was in full swing and the network ushered out popular judges Adam Levine, Christina Augilera, Cee Lo Green and host Carson Daly. Blake Shelton is currently on tour. The gang expressed excitement regarding returning to the judging chairs for season five. The mood became a little tense when during the Q&A session, Levine was questioned about his “I hate this country” controversial remark. The Maroon 5 lead singer was notably annoyed and stated it was taken out of context.
During the end of season four, Levine lost two of his team members due to elimination. Frustrated, the competitive judge muttered under his breath, “I hate this country.” The social media world exploded with four little words. Levine took to Twitter several times explaining the comment stemmed from frustrating of losing talent from his team but he never meant to be taken literal. He reiterated that during the TCA Q&A session,
Everyone makes mistakes. If your intentions are good and someone misunderstands you, regardless of what the scenario is, I think people can see through stupid media hype. No offense. I think that as long as you allow yourself to be who you are, you can’t really defend every single thing you say and you can’t worry about saying the wrong thing, you just have to say what you’re going to say and stand behind it
That seemed to satisfy the inquiry and Levine was in better spirits as he talked with his co-hosts regarding the upcoming season. Daly stepped in to mention possible new twists being introduced into the show, if ratings should ever fall, but that’s the white rabbit in the hat and wasn’t up for detailed conversation.
The panel did inquire about one significant difference between ‘The Voice’ and ‘American Idol.’ While Idol ran its steam, it delivered artists like Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Clay Aiken, Adam Lambert, Chris Daughtry, Carrie Underwood, David Cook and the list goes on. ‘The Voice’ has not yet delivered a contract signing sensation.
Levine stated that isn’t the mission of the show, it is intended as a platform of opportunity and exposure. Daly agreed. In addition Levine stated, “The fact that it hasn’t happened yet doesn’t mean it’s a shortcoming of the show. It just seems like something that hasn’t happened yet.” The show is not lagging because of this reason. The show continues to impress in the ratings. The finale of season four drew in 15.3 million viewers, over a million more viewers than ‘American Idol’ season finale 12.
‘The Voice’ puts talent before looks, something ‘American Idol’ never did when visual meetings presented a problem of the judges blasting hopefuls. For many seasons the laugh fest worked until one day America was tired of some of the more unsavory comments coming from judges to contestants. ‘The Voice’ brought a refreshing mix to the table when talent commanded the judges chairs and voice was the only way to capture their attention.
Comments of “wow I didn’t expect that” became commonplace once the judges turned around and saw a grandmother, a shy looking teen or pseudo-intellect who delivered stunning performances. Season five will arrive with the original judges back in their chairs (something Levine is looking forward to). Now that he has addressed the controversial comment, it’s time to prepare for a new panel of contestants. Oh and Adam, please cut your hair and beard! That was a bit startling!