While we have bemoaned at times the predictability that comes with Blake Shelton on “The Voice,” there are two things that even we cannot deny: The man is a great coach, and he also understands the importance of finding someone completely new versus someone who has been kicking it around in the industry for a while. There may have been some artists in this more experienced group when it comes to being on stage (and we say this as a Michelle Chamuel supporter and fellow member of the “I wear glasses” army), but the idea of the show having a young, undiscovered talent could be key to them having an opportunity to really get out there and making an impact after the show.
Speaking in an interview with Entertainment Weekly after Danielle Bradbery’s win, Blake touted the fact that she could be someone who has a major career, and also really changes the credibility and feel of the show:
“Even to take myself out of the equation — Danielle Bradbery, and I’ve said this on the show, I think might be the most important artist to ever walk across The Voice stage because we’ve seen some artists come and go who’ve had record deals before, who have done some things before. Danielle Bradbery may be the first person we’ve actually discovered here on this show.”
This is not to take anything away from more established artists, since many of them, even if they have not gone on to be major recording stars, have greatly improved their careers and found stronger places within the industry. These are people who love music for music’s sake, and the great thing about this platform is that it is merely that: It’s a platform, and they are not out to embarrass you. They want to help you find way to succeed.
What do you think about Danielle’s win on the show, and do you think that she will be more successful than some past winners? If you want to catch the performance of Cher from the finale last night, you can do so over here.