‘The Voice’: The Biggest Problem Fans Still Have With the Show

The Voice has a serious problem, and fans have been noticing it for a while now. The singing competition show which is currently in its 16th season on NBC has always been a fan favorite.

But as the seasons go on, fans have begun to questions: “Why hasn’t The Voice produced a major star?”

When it comes to producing stars, ‘The Voice’ is no ‘American Idol’

Quick — name a star that came from American Idol. Kelly Clarkson. Carrie Underwood. Jennifer Hudson. Oops, that’s three. When it comes to producing household names, American Idol has proven that it has star-making abilities.

Kelly Clarkson has had 26 Billboard Top 100 songs including three number one hits. She has sold millions of albums, toured worldwide, and is synonymous with competition show success. Carrie Underwood has had 27 top ten hits, including 14 number ones. And Jennifer Hudson, well, she has won a Golden Globe and an Oscar, not too shabby for someone who didn’t even win American Idol.

Contestants have never matched the success they had on the show

Let’s play our game again. Name a star that came from The Voice. A little trickier this time, right? Unless you’re a diehard fan, it’s hard to name a contestant that came from The Voice, let alone someone who has had any major success.

But why is it that a show that continues to perform so strongly for NBC is failing so miserably at delivering on its promise of producing a star? In the 16 seasons The Voice has been on the air, the show has yet to deliver a number one hit on the Billboard Charts.

Cassadee Pope, who is arguably the competition’s biggest star, has only ranked on the Billboard Hot 100 six times. She peaked at number 25, with “Over You,” a cover of a Miranda Lambert hit which Pope performed while on The Voice. She was, however, nominated for a Grammy for her duet, “Think of You,” with country singer Chris Young.

Where does the problem lie?

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It’s not just fans that have noticed that the show has a problem, the coaches have discussed it as well.

Coach Adam Levine has been with the show since the beginning. He told reporters, “We give these guys this incredible platform and this really rare thing, a lot of exposure and air time. Once we pass the torch, it is the record label that completely destroys that.” This isn’t the first time Levine has spoken out about the show’s lack of hitmakers. In 2015, the Maroon 5 frontman told Howard Stern, “When the baton is passed post-‘Voice,’ there’s some problems,” he added “People take over after we do this great job of building these people up on the show. There’s some real issues there.”

Christina Aguilera has also been vocal about the show. In a recent interview, the former judge suggested the show may not be as fair as it seems to be. She also said that she wasn’t happy with the inner workings of the show and these issues were a big part of why she left the show. 

But is the lack of successful singers really a problem?

The Voice may struggle to produce a major hit-maker, but does it really matter? The show continues to be a solid ratings performer. And if you ask host Carson Daly, the show was never intended to be a star generator.

Daly told The Huffington Post in 2017, “We didn’t really create the show to create a celebrity musician or make people rich and famous. That was never really the goal of the show. We are proud to say that so many of the artists who have been on ‘The Voice’ in any capacity have quit their sandwich-making jobs and are doing well in music. And at the end of the day that’s winning, to us.”

Whether the artists go on to have success or disappear, fans continue to tune in. What The Voice does produce is entertaining television and quite a few amazing performances. And maybe that’s enough.

The Voice airs Mondays at 8 pm on NBC.