What you really need to do before tuning in to The Voice is listen to the first episode of season 1 on your computer, according to the voice talent and the company behind the show.
In an exclusive interview with EW, the cast and creators of the hit singing competition, who are in the studio with us, tell us all about the process of building the first series of The Vocaloid Awards.
“I’m not going to lie, it’s hard, because it’s been a very busy year for us, especially with our new album,” said the singer-songwriter and actor of the 2018 season, Jaden Smith.
“We’ve been working really hard to get the show ready for the first time, but I also don’t want to lie: we didn’t know how well it was going to go.”
The Voice, which premieres on March 5, is the most popular singing competition on the planet, with more than 30 million participants worldwide.
But the show’s creator, the man behind The Voice, has a very different perspective.
He says he had no idea it would take off like it did, when he first pitched it in 2007.
“We were doing this singing competition in England, which was like one of the best singing competitions in the world,” he said.
“I had no clue.
I was just like, ‘What are you doing, it has nothing to do with singing!’
So I was like, alright, well I’m gonna put it on YouTube.
It’s gonna go up.
It doesn’t matter, it doesn’t have anything to do at all.
And it’s gonna get millions of views.
And I was in awe of it.”
It’s also been a tumultuous year for the world of singing competitions, with an array of talent quitting the sport, including Smith and actor James Corden, who left the show after its third season, and former World Champion and Vocaloids champ Kaley Cuoco, who announced her retirement from the competition after the first two seasons.
And Smith, who won the 2017 contest and is now the star of the upcoming season, told EW in an exclusive Q&A that he was not prepared for the backlash his decision to leave the show would receive.
“Honestly, I didn’t even know there was going, ‘Oh, my God, he’s quitting, what’s going to happen?'”
“‘Oh, he’ll go back to his job and be famous, he won’t be on the show.'”
He said the reaction was especially intense after his decision not to sing for the 2018 edition of the competition because he was uncomfortable performing, which he says was a key component of the challenge.
“For me personally, it was like the worst thing I could do,” he continued.
“It’s not even that I didn, I wasn’t comfortable.
I wasn’s just like I didn t want to do it.
I didn’ t know what was going on, I just didn’t want it to happen.””
I don’t think that was my biggest problem with it,” he added.
“But I also wasn’t prepared for all the people that were like, I don’t know, we’re going to think that I’m quitting, I’m not doing it, it can’t be happening, I shouldn’t be doing it.”
“We had a whole year of it being like, we are the most hated people in the music world, and that’s just not true,” he went on.
“The more we were on TV, the more people that I was interacting with, the less people were like we’re not cool.”
Despite all the negative press and negativity surrounding his decision, Smith says the backlash has helped him see the positives.
“In my mind, I saw the positive side,” he shared.
“In terms of getting to a point where people are like, well, if you don’t sing, we won’t like you, or we won’t like you.
And people are actually really good people and really funny and really great.
So that was the biggest thing.”
As for the rest of his life, Smith said he is focusing on the next challenge.
“One of the things that I’ve been thinking about is I want to go back in and sing again,” he explained.
“And I don’ t think I can do it again.”
The first season will air on March 7 at 8 p.m.
ET on VH1.
In the meantime, you can find the latest episode of The Viceland Original Series on VEVO.