The Voice has had one constant in its 16 seasons and that is Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as coaches. But with the announcement of Adam Levine’s departure from the show, we wonder if it will be the same without Blake and Adam’s love/hate relationship.
Sixteen seasons ago we learned the basic format of The Voice. The blind auditions, knockout, battles, and the rules of the game. Just as important to the show was the rivalry between country superstar Blake Shelton and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. The Voice, as we’ve said before, has always put more emphasis on the coaches than the contestants. With that being the case, the constant bickering and insults between Blake and Adam were as iconic to the show as the red turning chairs. We all know that for all their sniping they love each other. When Blake found out that Adam was leaving he said,
Nice dig at the end, Blake. But in all seriousness I think the show is going to lose one of its most important elements. Let’s face it, The Voice isn’t a show that’s big on conflict. Its vibe is very friendly and the Blake Shelton and Adam Levine rivalry added some much needed spice to the recipe. Adam has been struggling for years as a coach only having won three times in 16 seasons. This past season he didn’t even make it to the semifinals. He also has the new show Songland that he is executive producing coming out this week. Plus he has to play for his middle-aged fans with Maroon 5. We understand why he’s leaving, we just wonder if it is going to hurt the show more than if he was allowed to keep his seat warm if for nothing else to mess with Blake.
Only time will tell if the loss of Adam Levine will hurt the show. He is being replaced with Blake’s girlfriend and former coach Gwen Stefani, so that’s something. Part of us makes us feel like we are going to miss Adam when he’s gone more than we thought we would.