In case you have not heard already, “The Voice” is going to be transitioning over to the fall TV season on NBC for the first time later this year — and while we have been largely critical of the move (mostly because the network is burning out their singing show so much that a season 4 may not even happen), the opinions of the show’s mentors hold a little bit more weight.
Blake Shelton has seen his career skyrocket since becoming a coach, and he recently told reporters at CMA Fest (per Yahoo!) that even he doesn’t like the idea of trying to come back so soon for another season and limit what he can do as an artist:
”At some point, something’s gotta give. I’ve been very vocal with the network and Mark Burnett’s production company. It’s like ‘Man, this sucks, because the reason that you want the four of us is because we’re viable artists right now—current. And we can’t do both, if we do back-to-back seasons.’ I’ve been hammering ‘em about it.”
Shelton also added that he will still enjoy doing the show as he always has, but he also wants to have some time to pursue other interests.
There have been rumors suggesting that NBC will bring in a new panel of coaches for the spring season as a way to balance this out, and thus they can have two separate versions of the show a year to keep in strong ratings while giving the artists all time to do their own thing. However, there’s been no confirmation on this, and regardless it looks like Blake, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, and Cee Lo Green are going to going back to work soon.
As we close, remember this interesting fact — by the time season 3 ends in November or December, we will have seen three seasons of this show play out in less than 20 months. That’s a lot for a show that has four superstars on its panel, and a talent pool that is ever-diminishing.