By: Buck Stevens
Blake Shelton wasn't shy about his displeasure when NBC decided to do two seasons of their hit show ‘The Voice‘ this year. Reports are that season four of ‘The Voice’ will take place in the spring of 2013. The question is, will Blake Shelton return as a coach in the spring?
There is a possibility that Blake will not be in his red chair when season four of ‘The Voice’ begins. Season three has just gotten underway this week with the blind auditions this week. Blake looks like he has in the first two season. He is having fun and being Blake. MusicCityNewsUSA.com reports that he and fellow coach Cee Lo Green may not be in their chairs for the next season due to commitments to touring and making new music for their own careers. If the two superstar coaches aren’t there for season four, they will still own those chairs to return in the future according to ‘The Voice’ executives.
Executive produce Mark Burnett said: “Here’s the fact we decided: When you’ve been on this show, that’s your chair for life. So if they have to tour and someone comes in for a season and then goes out for a season, comes back for a season, there will never be anyone getting replaced, ever. It’s going to be moving pieces all the time. And luckily maybe a couple of them go on tour, a couple of them don’t go on tour. They have an obligation to their fans. And so that’s how we’re going to do it.”
Blake doesn’t seem to like the idea of having a “fill-in” in his chair on ‘The Voice.’ “Obviously that’s a hard pill for me to swallow,” he said, continuing: “I feel like I was part of the building of this process–we all worked our asses off on it. It would be hard for me to get up out of that chair and let someone else be there.”
The added time commitment of doing two seasons a year is also something that bothers Blake. “It’s also hard for me to be in that chair and know that I could be out there touring too. I need to be able to do both and maybe with back-to-back seasons I can. But something’s got to give.”
Blake seems to be doing some soul searching about what and who he is as well as what and who he wants to be. “As much as it’s about music, we’re doing television,” Blake said. “We all have to search within ourselves [and ask], ‘How long can we do this before we become a TV person instead of a music person? And are you OK with that?’ Right now this is still what I want to do because I see myself touring and getting back out there.”
Blake does have some tour dates on his schedule and will be releasing his Christmas album ‘Cheers, it’s Christmas’ during season three of ‘The Voice.’ Maybe season three is something of a test for Blake to see if he can do both the TV show and be a country music artist at the same time before he makes his decision about season four of the show.
Blake, Cee Lo, Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine will continue building their teams as the blind auditions continue Monday night on ‘The Voice.’ This season has some new elements for the coaches and contestants. The coaches will have the chance to steal contestants that are eliminated from other teams during the “battle rounds.” There will also be a new round after the “battle rounds” called the “knockout round”. In this round, the contestants will get to choose their own songs to sing to reveal what kind of artist their feel they are themselves.