When the news was first announced earlier this year that Adam Levine was leaving The Voice, it came as a shock to many people. As a matter of fact, it probably came as a shock to the show itself. The Maroon 5 frontman had already signed a contract to stick around for another two cycles of the show, but there may have been rumblings behind the scenes that he was contemplating an exit for some time. He just made them move a little bit earlier than some expected.
For some more evidence on this, let’s turn to someone who knows Adam better than almost anyone. Of course, we’re speaking about his fellow The Voice judge Blake Shelton. Speaking via Entertainment Tonight, the country superstar had this to say on the subject:
“I think we all knew, on the inside of the show, that he was ready to make a move … For a guy like Adam, who is just-he’s the most ADD person I think I’ve met-for him to have even done it as long as he did without wanting to move on to the next thing, is amazing. But I know he’s happy with his decision. Doesn’t mean I am, or any of us [are happy], but at least they were able to soften the blow a little bit and bring Gwen back.”
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Do we think that the voice is going to miss Adam Levine on it? From a nostalgia standpoint, sure. He was a part of the original panel and there is a certain sense of familiarity that goes along with that. Yet, the results from the past two seasons basically showed that Adam isn’t getting the same pull when it comes to artists that he once was. He also isn’t getting the same amount of support from America. Maybe this is all a direct response of what happened with Reagan Strange and DeAndre Nico a couple of seasons ago, or maybe other coaches are simply more popular at this point.
We do still think the door is always going to be open for Adam to return, but that’s the decision that he has to make. We don’t think that he’s going to come sprinting back anytime soon.
For now, Gwen Stefani (as mentioned) is taking over Adam’s role, and she will be joining Blake, Kelly Clarkson, and also John Legend when The Voice premieres this fall. Filming is already underway on the new season, and it seems as though, based on early schedules, that The Knockout rounds are returning. You can read more about that over here.
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