‘The Voice’: Former Contestants Reveal What It’s Like to Compete in Front of Blake Shelton, Rest of Coaches

by Joe Rutland
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When contestants on NBC’s “The Voice” go and perform for coach Blake Shelton and the other coaches, it can be a bit daunting.

Outsiders, we’d like to pursue the topic with some of the show’s former contestants. They talked about those nerve-wracking moments in an interview with Cosmopolitan in February 2021.

“The Voice” producers take a personal approach toward contestants. They reach out and speak to them individually. Vicci Martinez from “The Voice” first season said they were “really persistent.” They wanted her to meet up for an audition.

“What I realized is they wanted to make a show that had real artists,” Martinez said. “People who were serious about doing music and not just people singing in the bathroom.”

‘The Voice’ Performers Loved Not Having Large Group Auditions, Getting Coaches Help

That format was vital when it came to Kat Perkins of Season 6 participating. “I would have never auditioned [while] standing in line; it just wasn’t on my bucket list,” she said, referring to how shows like “American Idol” get contestants.

For many of “The Voice” contestants, they had the ability to reach out and get help from their coaches. Dia Frampton, who was on Season 1, said Shelton, her coach, would text back. She said Shelton would do it “whenever I was worried or uneasy about something.”

Jesse Campbell, from Season 2, even had Shelton’s phone number. “It was a different time,” she said. Perkins said coach Adam Levine had a “The Voice” specific email and phone number which put contestants in touch with his assistant.

Focusing On Song Choice Was Crucial Part Of Journey For Show Contestants

“I could email Adam litearlly 24/7,” Perkins said, “and he was really great about responding and making sure I felt comfortable, even during the night before.”

What did contestants and coaches really focus on? Song choice.

Contestant Audrey Morrissey expanded on that topic.

“Each coach has their own style—some are avid texters, while others email,” Morrissey said in an inteview with SheKnows. “All off-camera interactions intensify as the artists move through the competition and the stakes get higher. The number one communication is about song choice.”

With all that information about the contestants, “The Voice” starts Season 21 tonight. It premieres at 8 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. Central, and Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, and Ariana Grande will be coaches. Grande is a new addition to the show.

OK Outsiders, you want to now where you can watch “The Voice” tonight. We have got you covered.

Check it out live on NBC or on NBC.com/live or even on network apps.

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