Viewers can’t get enough of The Voice, with its red swivelling chairs, its revolving line-up of coaches and their amazing on-screen chemistry, or the contestants themselves, whose voices continue to wow us and encourage us to vote for them. Check out these 13 facts about The Voice you never knew.
Several rounds of auditions
Before contestants make it to the Blind Auditions, they have to pass a few rounds of auditions with producers, including an interview. The coaches don’t hear the contestants sing until the Blind Auditions, but by then the producers will already be familiar with them.
2. Most successful coach
Blake Shelton has had four wins as a coach, beating fellow long-standing coach Adam Levine, who’s had an impressive three wins.
3. The crew
How many people does it take to produce the show? Quite a lot, as the show has a crew of over 600 working on it.
4. Dutch origins
While the American version of the show started in 2011, the original Dutch show, The Voice of Holland, was aired in 2010 and was a huge success, prompting many countries around the world to buy their own versions.
5. International success
The show has several dozen versions airing around the world. Some of the many countries that air their own versions of the show include Argentina, Cambodia, Ecuador, Peru, South Korea, France, Poland, Norway and Turkey. Quite a few countries also have The Voice Kids.
6. A hit with Americans
The US has produced more seasons of the show than any other country in the world, thanks to having two seasons per year. By the end of 2016, 11 seasons will have aired.
7. Highest charting album
The highest charting post-show album by a contestant is Cry Baby by Melanie Martinez, who came 5th-6th during the show’s third season. Her album reached a peak of number 6.
8. Sudden exit
Contestants sign a contract stating that NBC has the rights to remove them from the competition at any time and for any reason.
9. Public humiliation
The contract contestants have to sign also reminds them that by going on the show, they may face public humiliation, ridicule and condemnation.
10. Wait your turn
You might have wondered how there are the right number of contestants to make up the teams. There are always some contestants who make it to the Blind Auditions but don’t get to audition because the teams are already full. These contestants are then invited to return the following season, though some don’t get invited back at all.
11. Awards aplenty
The show is a huge hit with viewers and as a result of this, it’s won its fair share of awards. In fact, it’s won some 28 awards, including four Emmy awards out of 25 nominations.
12. Uncounted votes
Producers have admitted that some social media and text message votes aren’t counted, especially when the results are already pretty clear and these votes won’t change the results. If there are fewer votes separating the contestants, votes will be looked at more closely to determine the results.
13. Busy coaches
One of the unique aspects of the show is that all coaches are singers with ongoing careers in the music industry. As such, they don’t always have the time to be involved with their contestants’ development throughout the show. The coaches care about their contestants, of course, but some of them don’t spend that much time with their contestants at all.