Former contestants và other insiders mô tả their thoughts on the spinning chairs và Adam and Blake’s bromance.

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Spinning chairs. Battle rounds. Blake Shelton. These are just some of the reasons The Voice has powered through 10 years & 19 seasons (so far). Since its inaugural season, the show has breathed fire into the careers of Cassadee Pope, Will Champlin, Dia Frampton, & others while giving additional screen time khổng lồ the likes of Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, and, most recently, Miley Cyrus & Alicia Keys. spoke khổng lồ five past contestants about the realities of competing on The Voice and then, just for good measure, scoured the interwebz for other juicy behind-the-scenes tidbits about the show. Keep scrolling for all the intel, including what the giảm giá khuyến mãi is with those spinning red chairs & whether or not Blake and Adam’s bromance is just for show.

1. The Voice does not hold stadium-style auditions. Unlike American Idol và other competitive programs, show producers take a more intimate approach, reaching out khổng lồ contestants individually to recruit them for the season. As Vicci Martinez (season 1) recalls, The Voice producers were “really persistent” in having her meet up for an audition. “What I realized is they wanted lớn make it a show that had real artists, people who were serious about doing music & not just people who sing in the bathroom.” Fellow season 1 contestant Frenchie Davis, who previously competed on Idol in 2003 & was disqualified because of topless photos from her past, was approached by a casting director for The Voice eight years later. “She was like, ‘I don’t think you were given a fair chance on Idol,’ & wanted me lớn consider auditioning.” Season 6 contestant Kat Perkins adds that without this auditioning format, she never would have been on the show. “I would have never auditioned standing in line; it just wasn’t on my bucket list.”

2. There is a long training period before the Blind Auditions—traditionally the first episode of each season—is even filmed. According to Kat (season 6), five months passed between her first audition call & her first day of the Blinds. In the month before filming, contestants are trained for every possible situation: fainting, getting sick onstage, reacting khổng lồ however many coaches would turn around. Kat says contestants also received voice lessons from teachers hired by the show. “We also had social truyền thông and interview training by professionals who were brought in by The Voice to lớn teach us skills for living our lives ‘out loud’ on social media, radio, print, and red carpet platforms,” she says. “We never got any of that,” Frenchie recalls, & fellow season 1 competitor Dia Frampton says the only instructions she got were about where lớn stand và where khổng lồ exit. “They just said, ‘Good luck,’ & then you’re on your own.”


3. The Voice is your life 24/7 until you get eliminated or win. Jessie Poland, who competed under the name Charlotte Sometimes in season 2, put her thành phố new york apartment up for sublet while the show filmed in L.A. The demanding show schedule made it nearly impossible to bởi vì anything else, like a part-time job: “I couldn’t make a ton of money. Và even though I worked as a film writer & played shows, I couldn’t bởi that while I was on The Voice. I couldn’t really work. No one can work.” Personal relationships are affected too. Vicci Martinez (season 1) ended a relationship while competing. “I was engaged to lớn someone at the time & we had khổng lồ break up because of <The Voice>. I had just bought a house in my hometown , và I actually just ended up giving the house away & staying in L.A.”

4. The spinning red chairs are not all they’re cracked up to be. When a coach turns around and presses the red button during the Blind Auditions, there is no “whoosh” sound—according to Kat (season 6). “It’s in postproduction! You almost don’t notice it, especially when you’re focusing and singing khổng lồ the crowd that’s in the studio.”


5. The food is ~lit~. Jessie (season 2) says she was really well fed, so much that she gained weight during her season. “It was fucking sweet. It was basically lượt thích being an adult without having to be one. Once you’re on the show for a while, you got money to go out and catering was really great. I ate really well.” Vicci (season 1) & her fellow contestants were also treated lượt thích royalty in the food department. “They had a Starbucks there with snacks all day. It was annoying because a lot of the girls were worried about watching their weight. It was anything you wanted.” Dia (season 1), meanwhile, stuck lớn the khách sạn restaurant. “I remember really delicious oatmeal with blueberries. I ate that almost every day.”

6. Sometimes you run into Rihanna backstage. Vicci (season 1) says she still keeps in cảm ứng with the crew from The Voice, và during season 9, when Rihanna performed on an episode, Vicci had a brief encounter with her. “I was dating somebody who worked with her, so I got khổng lồ go back and meet her. were all there just hanging out. She was so sweet. She had her own spot and area.”


7. Contestants have little say on the songs they want lớn sing. This is standard, especially for the Battle Rounds. For Frenchie (season 1), even though she won her round with Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies,” she never understood why producers & coaches chose the song.

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“It’s always hysterical when the judges say, ‘I don’t think that was a good tuy vậy choice for you,’ & I’m thinking, You picked that song.” Frenchie says for her and so many other contestants, tuy nhiên choice was a constant frustration.

8. A coach is only a text or e-mail away. Dia (season 1) says her coach Blake Shelton always texted her back “whenever I was worried or uneasy about something.” Jessie (season 2) also had his number: “It was a different time.” For Kat (season 6), Adam Levine was available by a Voice-specific email and phone number that led to his assistant. “I could email Adam literally 24/7 & he was really great about responding và making sure I felt comfortable, even during the night before.”

9. Blake Shelton’s house is always open. For the early seasons of the show, Blake often invited the cast và crew lớn the house he shared with then-wife Miranda Lambert. Vicci (season 1) remembers being invited to lớn Blake’s house for parties. “Adam would be there, Christina would be there. You’d see them all bonding. You got lớn see them be friends and Blake was really good at breaking the ice.” Jessie (season 2) also had a similar experience during the show: “Blake had us over at his house when we weren’t filming. We drank & barbecued.”

10. Blake và Adam’s bromance is real. “It was ridiculous,” recalls Vicci (season 1), who says that even Blake’s and Adam’s assistants và makeup artists got along right from the get-go. “It was cool to lớn see Adam’s tribe và Blake’s tribe . Adam và Blake are genuine. Adds Frenchie (season 1): “I never questioned it, & I wasn’t even on their team.”

11. As is Blake’s personality. “I didn’t know if his witty stuff was written for him & if he was manufactured, but he was exactly what you want him to lớn be,” says Kat (season 6). “He’s so warm & so funny.” Dia (season 1), who worked closely with Blake and went on lớn tour with him after the show, says he always fought for her. “I was expecting an untouchable superstar, but he was the most grounded, most down-to-earth, friendly person I’d ever met.”

12. Adam may be a bro, but he’s a nice bro. According to Kat (season 6), Adam would always check in with his team even before the cameras were rolling. “He just wanted lớn know if you were okay, và that was so cool. Every single day, he used his manners & opened doors for people. He said please & thank you. He was super kind.”

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13. Rehearsal time is often dependent on the schedule of the famous person you’re working with. Vicci (season 1) says toward the kết thúc of her season, she waited until 3 a.m. For then-coach CeeLo Green to show up for filming. The plan was to lớn record three songs to have them ready for iTunes after that week’s episode. “I remember just being so upset because I had to be up for interviews that morning.” Looking back, Vicci says she’s not bitter about it because it made her realize the realities of being a rock star. “If I’m gonna complain about this shit right now…this is what it would be lượt thích to be in demand . It was practice for what it’s really lượt thích out there. That’s why I was able lớn get far.” (Vicci tied for third that season.)

14. When you’re eliminated, you’re expected to lớn GTFO. You’re literally on the next flight home and getting back lớn reality hours later. “It was very abrupt,” recalls Kat (season 6). “Even with Blind Auditions, you spend weeks with them and they’re gone. You can’t gọi or text.” Frenchie (season 1) made the most of her elimination after the semifinals: “The day I got booted off, I flew to thành phố new york to sing for thủ đô new york Pride. I had a blast. I met my ex-partner that night. We were together for almost four years.”

15. The show employs a staff of psychologists to giảm giá with the aftermath of each episode. “It’s emotionally frustrating,” says Frenchie (season 1), who adds that she had to lớn take personality tests before getting the final approval khổng lồ be on the show. “They know exactly what they’re doing. Every second.” The show’s psychology team is also on hand to smoothen the exit process. In season 6, regular checkups were required for the đứng đầu 12. “We had to start visiting to check on our well-being. The minute you are eliminated, you walk from that stage và into the psychiatrist’s office for a debriefing. They make sure that you talk about it,” says Kat. “It’s very needed because you’ll never go through anything lượt thích it again. It’s traumatic & you’re not really emotionally set up to vày something that big that quickly.”

16. Contestants get a wardrobe tăng cấp after the blind auditions. In an interview with SheKnows, The Voice’s executive producer, Audrey Morrissey, spilled plenty of behind-the-scenes secrets about the show, including what the deal is with wardrobe. Apparently, contestants are on their own during auditions, but if they get a judge khổng lồ spin for them, NBC steps in. “We siêu thị for each artist to lớn come up with great looks,” she explained. “Once we get to the live shows, looks are customized for each specific performance.”

17. The main thing contestants and coaches talk about is tuy vậy choice. Each Voice coach has their own style when it comes khổng lồ communicating with their team, but according khổng lồ Morrissey, tuy vậy choice is the main topic of convo across the board. “Each coach has their own style—some are avid texters, while others email,” she told SheKnows. “All off-camera interactions intensify as the artists move through the competition và the stakes get higher. The number one communication is about song choice.”

18. Some coaches are super hands-on and others…aren’t. While every Voice coach helps their team pick out killer music, some also take a very active role in other aspects of the performance, apparently, like production details. “It all depends on the coach,” Morrissey told SheKnows. “Some love a big production and like working out all the details of the performance. Other coaches mainly focus on the music and arrangement for the performance.”

In an interview with the Washington Post, season 6 contestant Ddendyl Hoyt explained that her coach, Shakira, wasn’t super involved in her progress behind the scenes. “We coached with her a few times & then the majority of our growth was left to us on our own,” she said.

19. Sometimes people who audition are rejected—but asked to come back for a later season instead. In her interview with the Washington Post, Ddendyl explained that she actually auditioned for season 5 & made it to lớn callbacks in Los Angeles, only khổng lồ have the producers tell her, “We’re not going your direction this season—but please come back.”

“I said, all right, I’ll give it another try, but whatever,” she explained. “But if this is a no-go, this is the last time I’m doing any of these things, ever.”

20. The blind auditions are loud AF. Ddendyl revealed in her interview with the Washington Post that blind auditions are kind of overwhelming—but in a good way. “The button got hit so fast that I was just trying to lớn have a good show,” she explained. “The whole crowd was on their feet during their audition, clapping with me, và every time I hit a high note, they were cheering. It was amazing.” 21. The friendships are real. And contestants really vị keep in touch. Jessie (season 2) says she still hangs out with her team members. She works with some of them and goes to lớn yoga with others. “We all find ways khổng lồ collaborate. Our jobs didn’t stop after The Voice.”

22. & the contestants watch each other perform from another building. According to lớn Country Living, which sent a writer lớn watch an episode being filmed, all the contestants watch each other in another building once they’re done with their own performance. Yes, they vì ditch their heels for slippers.

23. There’s a whole team of people who flip the stage between performances. In that same Country Living article, the writer noted that there’s a team in charge of cleaning the stage between performances. They even wipe up any fingerprints that could be left on the floor. Wild!


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Carson Daly isn’t always around. Because he’s the host of the show and not one of the judges, he’s basically only there for the tapings, especially because he splits his time on The Voice with the Today show. “For the live shows, Carson does fly back and forth each week, spending Monday và Tuesday with us in L.A. & the rest of the week back in thành phố new york with the Today show,” Morrissey told SheKnows.