Though as popular, if not more popular, than it’s primary rival, “American Idol,” NBC’s “The Voice” has one glaring shortcoming that continues to hound it.
As season eight prepares to kick off, the show has yet to produce a single bona fide superstar.
During a recent press conference, Adam Levine, a longtime judge and leader of Maroon 5, weighed in on the matter.
“There [have] been plenty of successes to pinpoint,” Levine said. “But, people really don’t choose to look at that, they choose to look at all the things that haven’t happened yet. But, a lot has happened for a lot of these artists who are all better off and are all at another level of their careers as a result of being on ‘The Voice.’ ”
Despite falling behind in the ratings race, “Idol” has undoubtedly produced stars such as Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson and Jordin Sparks, among others. Levine says while there’s not a specific formula, he believes it’s just a matter of time for “The Voice” to do the same.
“Whether it’s on a television show or it’s on a record label,” he said. “Whatever your scenario is, it’s tough. So, it’s going to happen. I believe … I genuinely believe that. I don’t believe that there’s any sort of formula that can guarantee that.”
Season eight of “The Voice” premieres Monday, Feb. 23 on NBC.