Bad news for “The Voice” fans. The iconic and popular singing competition will not be airing a new season this month as it has in the past.
For a decade now, “The Voice” has aired two seasons per calendar year, one in the spring and one in the fall. It’s absolutely killed in the ratings and produced some incredible success stories so far. So now, NBC wants to “eventize” it, per Deadline. By airing only one season in the fall, the build-up will increase and hopefully draw even more fans to the series.
Frances Berwick, the Chairman of Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, explained the decision to Deadline back in May 2021.
“Going into the 21st cycle in the fall, ‘The Voice’ remains one of the most popular shows on television and we want to keep it that way,” Berwick said. “We want to eventize this iconic series. We think ‘The Voice’ will be on NBC for a very long time to come. And we believe the best way to protect the brand, while also super-serving fans, is to produce one amazing cycle this year.”
Quality over quantity seems to be their reasoning. And it’s not a bad one by any means. Though we’re disappointed that the show won’t air anytime soon, we know the payoff will be great this fall. We’ll see plenty of amazing new talent firsthand.
‘The Voice’ Earns Top Spot for Most Watched NBC Reality Show for 2021
Perhaps even back in May, NBC knew what they were doing. This past season of “The Voice” was wildly successful and groundbreaking. For the first time in the show’s history, a non-solo act won the competition, per PopCulture. Girl Named Tom, a trio of siblings from Ohio, narrowly beat out front runner Wendy Moten due to their amazing harmonies and vocals.
But the fierce competition helped “The Voice” tremendously in terms of ratings. Out of all the NBC reality shows to air last year, “The Voice” boasted the highest number of viewers. In total, 8.16 million viewers tuned into the hit singing competition.
Even against other networks’ shows, “The Voice” continuously produced great numbers all season long. And rather than waste that popularity on producing more seasons, NBC decided to concentrate all that effort into producing another smashing success this upcoming fall.
Will the Four Coaches Return For Season 22?
At this time, we haven’t heard confirmation from NBC or “The Voice” coaches themselves about who will return for Season 22.
Several rumors have circulated about Blake Shelton leaving the series, despite having been with it since the beginning. But he recently married former coach Gwen Stefani, so some wonder if he’s looking to settle down with her and enjoy a quieter life.
Fans also arent’ sure about Ariana Grande, the newest coach this season. While NBC hoped her influence with the younger crowd would draw more viewers, she didn’t have a single contestant in the final. John Legend and Kelly Clarkson don’t sound like they’re going anywhere, but anything can happen.