The original coaches of "The Voice" with Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green return for the show's fifth season. Photo: Handout
MANILA -- While “The Voice of the Philippines” ended its successful first season on Sunday night, with Mitoy Yonting taking home the top prize, fans of the worldwide talent competition can look forward to the start of the fifth season of the US version of “The Voice,” which kicks off on Monday.
The Emmy-nominated show premieres its latest season on September 30 on cable channel AXN, airing Mondays and Tuesdays at 8:10 p.m., in the same week of the US telecast.
For “The Voice Season 5,” the original team of celebrity musician coaches will be reunited, as it promises to bring back “the amazing chemistry” between Blake Shelton, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green.
Last season, Usher and Shakira joined Shelton and Levine, after Aguilera and Green went on a break for their individual commitments.
Aguilera, who spent time with her five-year-old son and traveled during her break from the show, explained: “I have to take breaks, stay connected with myself. I’m a mom. When I leave here I put on sweats and a T-shirt, I check out. I needed some time to do that. I am revived and renewed.”
Returning from performing the “Cee Lo Green is Loberace” show at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Green added: “I missed everyone. I'm happy to be here.”
Both return to a series that is now looking like “The Blake Shelton Show” as the country music star has already coached three consecutive winners of “The Voice” since season 2.
As with previous seasons of “The Voice,” the four stars will once again start picking their teams by only hearing contestants sing in the signature blind auditions. If a coach is impressed by the contestant’s voice, a button is pressed to select the artist for his or her team, and only at this point, the coach's chair will turn to face the contestant. If more than one coach push their buttons, the contestant gets to choose his or her coach.
Once the teams are set, the battle is on. Coaches, with help from additional celebrity advisors, dedicate themselves to develop their teams of talents, offer advice and share the secrets of their success. Fans will revel in the thrills and spills of the vocal training and elimination competition through the battle, knockout and live performance rounds. And in the end, America’s TV audience will decide who among the coaches’ protégés wins the prize of $100,000 and a recording contract as “The Voice.”
Also with the show for all five seasons is host Carson Daly who praised Aguilera and Green for not having “missed a beat” upon their return. Calling the coaches a “solid” group, Daly also called “The Voice Season 5” the “best season” that they have ever made.
Meanwhile, the producers have confirmed that Usher and Shakira will be back next season.