The Voice premiered on Monday September 21st with another round of blind auditions to gain a spot of the teams of judges Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine, or Pharrell Williams. The Brite Stuff caught up with the judges to hear their thoughts on the new season.

On next season’s guest mentors:

Adam: “Rihanna was amazing, I’ve known her for a long time and love her to death. She’s great, I knew she would be great. Everybody here loved her, she gave great advice, she was really on top of it.”

Blake: “Rihanna is hot.  She was so great and so funny, so honest which is— she was really good at that.”

On getting attached to your team:

Gwen: “Well I have a woman on my team who I am definitely not mothering here, I’m just learning from her, she’s so amazing. I think it obviously depends who is on your team, I do have a young boy who just turned 15—I feel quite motherly towards him, you know what I’m saying. It is like that because as a coach and as a parent you are cheering them on and trying to give them all the advice you can give, so yeah it does feel like that..”

Blake and Carson joking around at a cast BBQ (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)
Blake and Carson joking around at a cast BBQ (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Pharell: “It’s straining in a lovely way and it kind of hurts you sometimes way.  You would think that because it’s a television show it’s always just television, but this show is based on emotion.  This show is based on vibe, if somebody has a really great interesting vibration about them and a great vocal, if you like something you will connect to it.” 

Blake: “I do get really attached to a lot of them.  It’s not all of them, there are some people who have been on my teams over the years that I never see again or never talk to again.  Some people you have a connection with and some you don’t.  The ones that I’ve had a connection with I feel a responsibility to them just on a friendship level.  If I’m lucky enough to be in a position to help them, I am damn sure going to at least try.  That is why you see me recording with Gwen Sebastian and bringing people on tour with me like Dia Frampton who opened for me.  She’s the furthest thing from a country artist on the planet, but she needed a tour and I had a tour.  She’s my friend and I brought her out, that’s just how you do it I feel like if you are somebody’s friend.”


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On dream mentors if they were contestants:

Blake: “Who’s that girl from the Carl’s Jr. Commercials? You know who I’m talking about… I don’t know, George Strait would have been my guy.  I want George Strait to coach me.”

Not sure we do, Blake. Charlotte McKinney?


On who guided them in their careers:

Blake: “Trace Adkins for me, unfortunately because he’s a grumpy old bastard, but he was always that guy for me who would sit me down and go “Listen, boy” and get onto me about stuff because especially back in the day I was way worse than I am now.  He was about the only guy I would listen to him because I was intimidated by him.  Looking back, I’m so glad he was around for me. “


The Voice on NBC Mondays 8/7c and Tuesdays 9/8c

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