'The Voice's Blake Shelton: I think a country singer may win this year
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/06/2012
The Voice coach Blake Shelton says he expects a country singer will make it all the way to the end during the show's second season.
"I'm most excited about this Season 2 of The Voice because they're some country singers this year that are really good. We had a few last year but we didn't end up with a country singer in the final four," Shelton told People.
"I know anything can happen, but I really believe in my heart that one of several country singers that we have on our show this year have a shot at winning the whole thing."
The Voicecrowned Javier Colon, a pop and soul singer from Stratford, CT, its first-season champion during the reality singing competition's June finale.
In addition to Colon, who was mentored by coach Adam Levine throughout the season, the other three finalists of his season were Dia Frampton, Beverly McClellan and Vicci Martinez. Frampton was an indie singer mentored by Shelton, McClellan was a pop singer who worked with fellow coach Christina Aguilera and Martinez was a soul and blues singer under the leadership of coach Cee Lo Green.
The Voice's second season premiered immediately following the Super Bowl on Sunday and will begin airing in its regular Mondays 8PM ET/PT time period tonight. The show will feature six weeks of the "battle" rounds, in which the coaches will have two of their own team members face off vocally and then decide which singer will advance and which one will be eliminated from the competition.
Once the "battle" rounds have concluded, The Voice will switch to live performance shows featuring the remaining 24 contestants. Home viewers will vote to save their favorite talent, leaving the coach to decide who they want to save and who will not move on.
In the end, each musician coach will have one star artist left ready to compete against the other teams' finalists to win the grand prize of a recording contract and be named "The Voice."