NBC(LOS ANGELES) — It’s time for another round of button pushing and big red chairs: season nine of the hit NBC reality showThe Voice starts tonight. Coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams are all back, but Adam and Blake are the only coaches who’ve been with The Voice since it started. Why do they continue to return? Adam says, “At the heart of it, I love the show.”
“I wouldn’t be back here for nine seasons if I didn’t really love it…And I love the space that the show occupies in the world,” Adam continues. “And I feel really good about it and I love my work — or this new work that I didn’t even know was gonna be a part of my life.”
Part of that work, for Adam, is the ability to help aspiring musicians fulfill their potential. “It’s really awesome to just know that you’ve got this great position on the show, where you can do your part to help people that haven’t had that break yet,” he says. “It almost feels like this awesome opportunity to help people because you were able to be so fortunate in your own life. And…it’s fun.”
This season, Adam says he’s excited to have both Gwen and Pharrell back. “As a foursome, our energy is so much better and…we’re friends now, so I think that really shows this season, that the camaraderie…is there.” Adam says he particularly admires Gwen for being able to counsel contestants on their look throughout the season. “Gwen knows things that we don’t know about how to present yourself,” says Adam. “Obviously, because we’re shlubs and she’s beautiful!”
And just like seemingly everyone else who’s involved with a reality show, Adam promises that this season, you’ll see “the best talent that we’ve ever had.”
Pharrell, who “won” last season with Sawyer Fredericks, isn’t taking any credit or boasting about his achievements, unlike Blake or Adam. The humble star says, “I was just happy to be a part of [Sawyer’s] guidance. And in terms of my approach for season nine, it’s the same. I just want to push my button for things that move me, and I wanna connect with those people and see what’s actually there, and see how I can guide them.”
Gwen, who took a season off and is now back, says, “I’m so excited this season because now I have an idea what I’m really getting myself into and it’s really a lot of great stuff.” She says being part of the show has been “such a dream,” and says she still gets a kick out of the novel concept of the coaches having to beg the contestants to join their teams.
“It’s an amazing feeling to pitch yourself in a way where you’re trying to sell yourself, it’s just such a weird thing….I’ve never really done that before,” she says. “But it’s kind of so exciting when they choose you, you’re like, ‘Oh […]