One of the coaches that had the longest stint sitting on the red swivel chairs on The Voice was Christina Aguilera. Though she only won one time, she was a long-standing member of the show’s family. But she became disillusioned with the show and hated how it took over her life. But that’s not the only reason she left.
She believes that the show got away from its original concept, namely that the artists were judged purely on their voices in the blind auditions and not on their overall appearance or “packaging”. However, she believes that after the blinds it became much more about that. She told the LA Times,
“Nobody expected [“The Voice”] to be as big as “Idol” or take off the way it did. It just became a whole different kind of a machine. You’d have two teams at once because they were overlapping seasons. It just wasn’t exactly what I wanted to be doing with my life. I’m not a spokesperson. I’m an artist.
The blind audition thing was very intriguing to me because it provided an opportunity for anybody to get on stage and be discovered, regardless of their look. Being in this business for so long and knowing how labels work and how packaging is so very important, that idea of not being able to see them was genius to me. But year by year, I kept seeing things that were not lining up with that original vision. The show progressed in a direction I wasn’t into and that I didn’t think was a lot of times fair.
Look, everybody has their own experience, and I don’t want to devalue anyone’s own experience with any of those shows. As an artist, I believe in artists being able to express themselves how they feel they should. Just know there’s a lot of other people involved in those shows. Certain factors and things are dictated according to what ratings will be. It’s definitely a business. I also saw blatant things that I didn’t think were okay and that I’m sure no one would want to put up with in a work environment. It was important for me to step away.”
I see what she’s saying but I don’t think it is realistic to believe that the coaches can’t look at the other factors other than talent. If their goal is to launch the artist’s career and sell a ton of records then they have to take all these other factors into consideration. If, however, the goal is just to have a nice singing show where Blake Shelton and Adam Levine bicker, then it’s not important.