The Voice has a pace that’s rather startling at times. Only a few short weeks ago, The Voice finale aired, and country singer Craig Wayne Boyd was crowned the season seven winner.
However, as some of you know, during roughly the same window of time that we were meeting and getting acquainted with season 7 Voice hopefuls, the audition process was already beginning for season 8 competitors.
The Voice airs twice a year, which has no doubt been lucrative for NBC thanks to high ratings (and not-so subtle product placement).
During 2014 Voice coach Christina Aguilera was absent due to her pregnancy. But Aguilera will be back for Season 8 and ready to show off her post-baby body which has been all the rage. Voice viewers did get a refresher on Christina’s coaching style when she returned briefly during the past season to act as a guest coach on behalf of stand-in Gwen Stefani.
Although Stefani’s unexpected popularity has made some wish her time on The Voice was made permanent, it is Aguilera that everyone will see when The Voice officially returns February 23rd.
— JustJared.com (@JustJared) November 15, 2014
Perhaps you are a talented musician who tuned into The Voice and thought, “My singing voice is way better than that guy’s!”
Or maybe you’d like the chance to use The Voice as a vehicle to gain exposure on a national scale. It turns out that auditions for Season 9 of The Voice are starting later this month.
According to the official website for The Voice, open call auditions are scheduled to hit four major cities from January into February on these dates.
— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) January 7, 2015
The website lays out what The Voice wants in prospective contestants.
“We are looking for solo artists and duos that perform all types of music: pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop, alternative, latin, country, blues, indie. We want to know your story and why you are The Voice.”
If you have a decent singing voice and the sort of story that would make millions of Voice viewers cheer for you, you’ll definitely want to register ASAP!
With everything full steam ahead, you’re probably already wondering what this means for previous Voice hopefuls from last year.
Season 6 Winner Josh Kaufman recently made his debut in the Tony Award-winning revival of Pippin.
— Josh Kaufman (@iamjoshkaufman) January 3, 2015
Kaufman revealed during an interview that he was asked about taking the lead role in the play while he was on the Voice summer tour.
“When I was on the Voice tour this summer, the guy who runs my website contacted me and said, ‘I just got a message through the website from a casting company and they want you to do a Broadway show, and I think it’s for real. You might want to look into it!’”
Kaufman also noted that although The Voice has yet to produce a major star, it’s been a great vehicle for him personally.
“The Voice a huge platform. There are obviously still a lot of questions as to how far you can take that, but a year and a half ago, I was playing during lunchtime at a little sandwich shop downtown in Indianapolis a couple days a week. Since The Voice, [I]’ve done a lot bigger shows. I played at the Indianapolis Jazzfest before I started Pippin.”
“Had I not done The Voice, naturally this would not have come about, so yeah, it’s provided a lot of opportunities and I’m just trying to capitalize on those and keep it going and make the most of it as much as I can.”
Craig Wayne Boyd certainly seems to be working hard to make the most of his recent win and signs point to real break-out potential. The Inquisitr previously reported that Boyd had managed a rare feat when his new single “My Baby’s Got A Smile On Her Face” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The song is currently at 34 on the Hot 100 chart.
Even though last year’s winners are doing well enough for themselves, the pressure is certainly beginning to mount for The Voice as we look ahead to seasons 8 and 9.
Will this be the year the show finally gives us a major star?
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