January 09, 2012 07:00 AM by Ashley Lee
If you’re wondering what happened to the final four contestants who competed on The Voice, you’re not alone. Winner Javier Colon quietly released his debut album late last year to at a disappointing ranking of #134 on the Billboard album charts. However, the show’s judges Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton stand by their decisions, and criticize the music industry at large for not receiving their coached musicians properly. Even host Carson Daly had a handful of harsh words!
At the Television Critics Association Press Tour, The Voice judges agreed that current record companies are focused on the wrong attributes about an artist, meaning everything but their voice.
“[The Voice] really gives artists that aren’t so mainstream or commercially approachable [a chance],” said Christina Aguilera. “It’s about taking it back to the real heart of music. We all are [drawn to packages]. But then again there’s that raw talent that draws you in.”
“I trust the show more than I trust the record industry at this point,” said Adam Levine. “I’m really passionate about this show being a new avenue [for new artists].”
Though the show’s winner and its other top contestants have yet to make a noticeable impression on the music scene, Levine responded: “We can’t control everything that happens in the record industry. You got to set it free at a certain point. You can’t be there for every step of the way. I would like to see people be as successful as possible.”
Such sentiments were echoed by The Voice host Carson Daly, who has been reporting on the music industry for decades. ”Those albums are arguably better than those in the top 50, so it’s all perspective. The music that [season one contestants] put out, I would take that to a music street fight any day.”
What do you think about the season one contestants of The Voice? Will season two be any better?
The second season of The Voice premieres after the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 5, and will then move to Mondays at 8 pm EST starting February 6.
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