NBC's "The Voice" is gearing up for its ninth season, set to debut this fall, but one singer who will not appear in the upcoming season had some interesting things to say about the popular reality competition. Low Cut Connie frontman Adam Weiner took to his band's Facebook page Monday to give fans an explanation as to why he chose to turn down the series, including allegations that the show is staged.
Weiner and his Philadelphia-based band, Low Cut Connie, are know for their raucous live show and unique brand of vintage rock 'n' roll. Weiner's Jerry Lee Lewis-inspired stage antics -- including pelvic thrusts towards the audience and standing on his piano --had "The Voice" courting him for the upcoming season. However, Weiner, unhappy with some concessions he would have to make as a performer, declined.
See Weiner's message to his fans on Facebook below:
"I've been waiting a couple months to tell people this...and this will probably seem very confusing to some people, especially those that love TV talent shows...but a couple months ago the TV show 'The Voice' contacted our agent and said they wanted to cast me...they checked out various Low Cut Connie videos and they wanted to have me as a contestant on the new season. I spoke to them a couple times, and they told me that they had seen everything they needed to see, no need to audition, and that I simply needed to get to L.A. in about ten days time to shoot for a month or more, depending on how far I got in the contest. I really thought it was a joke but after many conversations it became very clear that they were serious. 'The Voice' is entirely 'pre-cast' and they had an opening they wanted to fill with me. I guess they really wanted that classic 'big-nosed, greasy looking, Fonzie piano-player type.' They wanted me to perform 'modern pop' songs but in my style, at the piano...but also be open to other duets, group performances, sharing sessions, vocal coaching from the musical genius that is Blake Shelton etc. etc. I would have had to cancel some Connie shows and clear my life for this fall in the hopes of that ONE shot to impress Adam Levine, the famous acne-survivor. Anyway, long story short...I said NO."
Weiner's comments address accusations that have previously been levied against the show in regards to pre-casting the auditioning singers and exercising an unusual amount of creative control over the performers, even after their on screen auditions. Contestants must reportedly sign detailed contracts giving up creative control and promising not to discuss the show's behind-the-scenes process.
Weiner clarified his dissatisfaction with the show's requirements in a interview with Philadelphia Magazine Wednesday.
"I was going to have to do a lot of modern pop songs, songs that they were essentially promoting on the show. That's not my thing. I'm not a modern pop guy. I felt really strongly that the benefits of it -- the potential benefits -- were very small, and the potential to be very damaging was very great."
Will Weiner's allegations harm the show's reputation? The frontman's choice words for judges Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are sure to stoke some reactions from the show's fans. "The Voice" Season 9 will premiere on NBC this fall.
Watch Weiner perform with Low Cut Connie below: