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Why Do ‘The Voice’ Contestants Have To See A Psychologist?

Jill O'Rourke

Jill O'Rourke

A lot goes on behind the scenes in The Voice that viewers at home probably don’t know about. For example, did you know that eliminated contestants are reportedly required to see a psychologist before they can go home?


Read on to find out more about this tradition, including comments from past Voice contestants who have been in that very situation.

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‘The Voice’ Contestants See Psychologist

According to Screen Rant, The Voice has psychologists on set to meet with contestants who have been eliminated from the show. Season 1 contestant Frenchie Davis told Cosmopolitan that the competition can be “emotionally frustrating.”

“The minute you are eliminated, you walk from that stage and into the psychiatrist’s office for a debriefing. They make sure that you talk about it,” Kat Perkins told Cosmo. “It’s very needed because you’ll never go through anything like it again. It’s traumatic and you’re not really emotionally set up to do something that big that quickly.”


When these professionals decide that the contestant is okay, they reportedly send them home immediately. Kat said this felt “abrupt,” and contestants reportedly aren’t even given a chance to say goodbye to friends or coaches.

Season 6 “The Voice” contestant Kat Perkins.

Contestants Have Checkups Throughout The Show

These psychologists are apparently on hand for more than just eliminations. Kat Perkins told Cosmo that the Top 12 in her season were required to have regular checkups with a psychologist “to check on our well-being.”

Not only that, but Frenchie shared that she had to take personality tests before she was even approved to be on the show. “They know exactly what they’re doing. Every second,” she said.


It can be easy to assume that contestants just show up for their audition and go through the rounds of competition with no issue, but things are obviously a lot more complicated. Despite the glitz and glamour, it’s clearly hard work to compete on these kind of shows.

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After winning American Idol, Kelly Clarkson had a psychological breakdown

The finale in which Kelly won was one of the highest rated episodes in TV history and she is the OG America’s sweetheart but when she won, Kelly felt utterly alone. Since she was the first winner of a show that launched this genre, people didn’t know how to treat her. She said,

“I KNOW EVERYBODY IS DOWN WITH TALENT SHOWS ON TV NOW, BUT THEY WEREN’T IN THE BEGINNING SO IT WAS VERY HARD. I THINK THAT’S WHY I’M SO OVERLY LIKE, ‘ARE YOU GOOD? ARE YOU HAPPY?’ I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE. I WISH SOMEONE HAD DONE THAT FOR ME. IT’S NOT LIKE POOR ME—IT WORKED OUT! I JUST MEAN AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE FORGET THAT WE’RE ALL HUMAN. WE’RE NOT ROBOTS. WE’RE TIRED AND WE’RE EXCITED AND ALL THOSE THINGS SHOULD COUNT AND BE VALIDATED AND I JUST WANT TO BE THAT FOR THEM. I JUST WANT TO BE A BIG SISTER.”

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About the Author

Jill O'Rourke
Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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