‘The Voice’: Which Coach Got the Smallest Paycheck to Be on Show?

by Leanne Stahulak

Over the last 21 seasons, “The Voice” has paid 15 coaches millions of dollars to appear on the show. But who’s earned the least? Or the most, for that matter?

StyleCaster broke down the salaries of all the judges past and present on the show. Unsurprisingly, longtime coach Blake Shelton had one of the higher salaries on the show (though not the absolute highest). But his fellow Season 1 coach, CeeLo Green, boasted the lowest at just $2 million for the first season.

Green appeared from Seasons 1-3, as well as on 5. MoneyNation reported that he was paid only $2 million for the first season, but by his last season, he’d bumped up his paycheck to $6.5 million.

No other “The Voice” coach received that low of a salary on the show. Usher and Pharrell Williams came close, with $7 million and $8 million, respectively. Usher appeared on Seasons 4 and 6, while Williams starred on Seasons 7-10. Alicia Keys also earned $8 million for her appearance on Seasons 11, 12, and 14.

From there, several coaches hovered around the $12-$13 million mark. Shakira only earned $12 million, while Miley Cyrus, Gwen Stafani, and current caches John Legend and Blake Shelton earned $13 million per season. Nobody knows how much Jennifer Hudson and Nick Jonas made during their seasons.

Adam Levine, who started on “The Voice” with Shelton, Green, and Christina Aguilera, stayed for 16 seasons. And towards the end, he earned $14 million per season. Aguilera started out at $17 million but soon took a pay cut for $12.5 million instead.

And then there’s Kelly Clarkson, who signed on for Season 14 with a killer $15 million contract from the get-go. But she’s got nothing on the brand new coach Ariana Grande, who OK Magazine reports earned $20-$25 million to appear on the show.

‘The Voice’ Experiences Huge Ratings Drop This Week

The Battle Rounds wrapped up on “The Voice” this past Tuesday. And while the highest numbers of viewers (6.5 million) dropped in to watch the show, the demo rating conspicuously dropped, according to TVLine.

The NBC singing competition boasted only 0.6 in the ratings, while ABC’s premiere of “The Bachelorette” reigned supreme with 1.0. But in terms of viewers, “The Bachelorette” had a low turnout with only 2.8 million viewers. NBC definitely held the viewership title for the night, with “La Brea” coming in at 5 million and New Amsterdam featuring 3.5 million.

Nobody knows why the ratings dropped on Tuesday’s “The Voice” Battle Rounds. But viewers will no doubt be back next week when the Knockouts start, and Mega Mentor Ed Sheeran makes his grand debut. Don’t miss out on Monday and Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. EST.