After a small rumour quickly grew on the internet that ‘The Voice‘ judge/mentor Christina Aguilera wasn’t returning to the NBC overnight hit show, the blonde songstress quickly put them to rest by saying she would be returning to the show next season along with Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton.
With a show that became an overnight hit, ‘The Voice’ was bound to have some rumours abound, and they quickly kicked in on Wednesday night’s finale show when Christina Aguilera played coy after being questioned if she would be returning with fellow judges Adam Levin, Cee Lo Green and Black Shelton next February following the Super Bowl. THR reported that Aguilera had already signed on for Season 2 a few weeks back, so naturally we made a few calls and all the judges had been locked down pretty quickly when NBC discovered the gold in all that ‘Voice’.
Aguilera makes a $225,000 per episode haul from being a judge/mentor while Levin, Green and Shelton pull in $75,000 per. Maroon 5′s frontman Levin said that he would love to return to the show, but we were already told that he’s signed on the dotted line pretty quickly so he’s working a nice modest route.
This season’s winner of NBC’s ‘The Voice’ was Javier Colon, a neo-soul singer from Connecticut who edged out fan favorite Dia Frampton by only single digits. Colon was mentored by Adam Levin and Frampton by Shelton. The grand prize was $100,000 and a recording contract. This season’s finalists will kick off a six-stop summer tour in July. Naturally, most of them are already in the recording studio working on albums and will be making some appearances on next season’s show to plug them.
The Wednesday finale drew 10.8 million viewers and a 3.5 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic which explains why NBC made sure to bring all four judges back for season two which will air midseason 2012 on Monday nights at 8 PM ET. Premiering directly following the Super Bowl will ensure ‘The Voice’ keeps its staggering debut numbers strong. NBC is already working to have two installments of The Voice — one in the fall and one in the spring — for the 2012-13 season.
With this fall seeing the premiere of Simon Cowell’s ‘X-Factor’ and Stephen Spielberg’s ‘Smach’, music will be in our ears all year long…until they’ve exploited it to the fullest.