None - Season two of “The Voice” premieres on Sunday on NBC and WPXI after the Super Bowl.
On Friday before the premiere, I talked to Maroon 5 front man and coach on “The Voice” Adam Levine.
“We’re so fortunate to have the famed post Super Bowl slot, so we’re so excited about everything. We love the show, and we’re happy it’s going to get a huge shot like this,” said Levine.
All of the coaches from the first season, including Levine, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton, along with host Carson Daly, are back for season two.
“My favorite thing about the show is having a lot of fun with the other coaches,” said Levine.
On Sunday, viewers will see the first of the blind auditions. The decisions of the coaches are based solely on voice and not on looks. I asked Levine if he was impressed with the talent.
“It was overwhelming. There was so much talent that I probably made some mistakes because I kept trying to hold out. Really good people got passed up, so that makes you realize that we’re desperately not clinging to one, two or three people. There’s so much potential in everybody that’s on every team. It’s an even battle,” said Levine.
Levine coached last year’s winner, Javier Colon. A lot of people, including myself, predicted he would win on day one.
“There’s not anyone at this point who is a shoo-in. There isn’t a person who we think is just going to run away with it. It’s going to be more about clever song choice and working with people to hone their craft. Javier came in and was just done. I helped him along and tried to help him choose certain things. It’s anyone’s ball game this time,” said Levine.
I asked Levine if he would have tried out for a show like “The Voice” before he made it big.
“I probably wouldn’t audition for any of the shows like it, but I would audition for “The Voice.” There’s something special and really simple and cool about the whole thing. It seems very casual, and I’m a casual person,” said Levine.
After the blind auditions and the teams are set, the battle rounds will take place. Coaches must pit two of their own team members against each other to sing the same song together in front of a studio audience.
In this final performance phase of the competition, the top artists from each team will compete against each other during a live broadcast. The television audience will vote to save their favorite talent, leaving the coach to decide live who they want to save and who will not move on to the next week.
“People walk up to me all of the time, and say, ‘I’m a huge fan of ‘The Voice,’’ and I say, ‘So am I,’ which isn’t a cocky comment. Because we are spectators in a lot of ways, we are just as excited about the performances and are maybe the most proud of the people we are mentoring, so it’s a really amazing experience to go through being on the other side of it and watching everyone blossom, ” said Levine.