“The Voice” Season 11 has just premiered, so it’ll be a while before the latest season of the NBC singing show crowns a new winner. While waiting for more contestants who will battle it out for America’s vote, viewers might be curious to know what the winner of the latest season of “The Voice” will be receiving when Season 11 concludes.
Like in the previous seasons of the show, “The Voice” Season 11 winner will receive a large monetary prize as well as a record deal to jumpstart their professional singing career. All the winners of the show since it premiered in April 2011 have received $100,000 as a cash prize. Seasons 1 and 2 winners Javier Colon and Jermaine Paul signed record deals with Universal Republic Records, while winners from Seasons 3 to 10 signed with Universal Music Group. “The Voice” Season 11 winner will also be receiving a record deal from Universal Music Group.
Despite the record deal the past winners have received, it seems “The Voice” has yet to propel one of their winners into superstardom unlike “American Idol.” Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, who have served as coaches for the show since the first season, previously opened up about the reason why the winners of “The Voice” fail to gain traction in the music industry after their win. Shelton told TooFab during a press junket for Season 10 in February, “That's one of the frustrating things about this show is they get this record deal that sometimes there's just not a lot of help, not a lot of direction.”
Levine agreed that one of the main problems is the record label. “What we need is help from the record label, Republic Records. They don't do a good job. They do a very bad job, and we're trying to remedy that by lighting fires so that maybe they'll do their jobs,” he explained.
“To me, that's a tragedy,” Shelton added.
The past winners of “The Voice” include Colon (Team Adam), Paul (Team Blake), Cassadee Pope (Team Blake), Danielle Bradbery (Team Blake), Tessanne Chin (Team Adam), Josh Kaufman (Team Usher), Craig Wayne Boyd (Team Blake), Sawyer Fredericks (Team Pharrell) and Jordan Smith (Team Adam). The Season 10 winner was Alisan Porter, who was part of Christina Aguilera’s team.
However, this doesn’t mean that none of the winners have achieved at least moderate success after the show. Season 3 winner Pope’s solo album reached the Billboard Hot 100, and she also won Breakthrough Video of the Year at the CMT Music Awards in 2014, CMT reported. Season 4 winner Badbery signed to Big Machine Records and her song “My Day,” from her first album “Danielle Bradbery,” was featured in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics promotional campaign, according to Just Jared.
Are you excited to see who will be crowned as the new winner? Watch “The Voice” Season 11 when it airs every Monday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.