Season 14 of The Voice is starting soon, and fans are ready to see coaches Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Alicia Keys, and Kelly Clarkson compete to find the country’s next big vocal superstar. But now that rumors have started to swirl that Shelton and Levine are ready to jump ship at the end of the season will producers dish out big bucks to make sure they stick around?
Apparently NBC executives are “freaking out” about the possibility of losing both veteran judges who have been on the popular reality competition since the beginning. So, they have decided to throw some money at the situation to try and convince them both to stay.
“After word got back to the higher-ups that Blake and Adam want out, they decided to offer them each a $5 million bonus to stay on the show until 2020,” claims a well-connected production insider.
Because they fear losing Shelton and Levine would cause ratings to plummet, the network is literally begging them both to stay for at least a few more seasons.
Levine is considering leaving the show, so he can spend more time with his growing family. His wife, Behati Prinsloo, will be giving birth to their second child any day now.
As for Shelton, he has been thinking about quitting ever since his girlfriend, Gwen Stefani, left the show. If Levine decides to put The Voice in his past, then Shelton will follow suit.
When the news first broke that Shelton and Levine were considering making this season their last, producers were on the fence. But when fans went nuts and started tweeting and sending emails to express their strong opposition to Levine and Shelton’s exit, the network decided to offer them both a multi-million-dollar incentive.
Neither of them has accepted the offer. Instead, they are both still weighing their options.
In the meantime, shooting has begun on the current season, and Clarkson, the newest judge, says she has had to fight it out with Shelton to get a country artist on her team.
She says that country singers feel like they are betraying country music if they don’t pick him to be their coach.
Clarkson says that all four judges are competitive but in a good way. She says they are all still passionate artists who are very talented, but completely different.
All four coaches, plus host Carson Daly, recently appeared in a fun Super Bowl commercial that was a send-up of sentimental Super Bowl ads from the past – complete with puppies, a front porch, a motorcycle, and a choir.
The network intended their Super Bowl telecast to be a culmination of NBC’s evolution with sports programming and music. They featured Justin Timberlake in the halftime show (who has done multiple appearances on SNL and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon) and Pink for the national anthem (who used to sing the opener for Sunday Night Football).
The network also made a musical splash with a variety of commercials. In addition to The Voice ad, they also had musical spots with Olympic athletes backed by tracks from Black Sabbath, Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, and James Brown.
Season 14 – perhaps Blake Shelton and Adam Levine’s last – of The Voice premieres on NBC Monday, February 26th.