‘The Voice’: How the Contestants Really Feel About Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, Revealed

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes on The Voice? You’ll never have to guess again. In a recent interview, five contestants from previous seasons spilled the truth about how the hit TV show actually functions, and as a result, stays so successful.

You won’t believe what happens before the blind auditions, which coach throws house parties, or how contestants are treated after elimination. Read on for 15 secrets about The Voice you didn’t even realize you were dying to know — including how favorites Blake Shelton and Adam Levine really treat their teams (pages 6 and 11).

1. It’s a lot more personal than American Idol

Vicci Martinez is holding the microphone very closely to her face as she sings.

Vicci Martinez on The Voice | NBC

Prior to the televised rounds of auditions (for The Voice, the blind auditions), contestants need to try out to even make it to that point. Most talent competition shows will host a stadium-style audition, but The Voice takes a more one-on-one approach.

According to Vicci Martinez from Season 1, The Voice producers insisted that they meet personally for her audition. She told Cosmopolitan, “They wanted to make it a show that had real artists — people who were serious about doing music and not just people who sing in the bathroom.”

Former American Idol contestant, Frenchie Davis, also competed in Season 1 of The Voice. She was kicked off Idol once topless photos of her leaked, but a casting director from The Voice invited her to audition. Davis revealed, “She was like, ‘I don’t think you were given a fair chance on Idol’ and wanted me to consider auditioning.’”

Next: Lots of training happens before the blind auditions.

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