Adam Levine will return to ‘The Voice’ stage for the first time since his exit from the show in 2019. Ahead of the performance, here’s everything to know about why he left so abruptly.
The May 25 finale of season 20 of The Voice will be jam-packed with celebrity guests who will be taking the stage to perform. One of the guest acts will be Maroon 5, which means that Adam Levine will be making his triumphant return to The Voice for the first time in two years. Adam and his bandmates will be joined by Megan Thee Stallion to sing “Beautiful Mistakes” during the live finale. Before Adam’s shocking departure in 2019, he was a staple on the singing competition show, where he had previously served as a coach for 16 seasons.
Adam’s History On ‘The Voice’
The Voice premiered in April 2011 with four superstar coaches from various genres of music: Adam, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green. To set itself apart from American Idol, The Voice featured a unique audition process — the Blind Auditions. The coaches would not be able to see the singers who were singing to try and get on the show. Rather, their backs would be turned to the stage, and they would only get to see who was performing if they pressed a button, signaling that they wanted that artist on their team. If multiple coaches turned around, they would each have to plead their case to the contestant, who would then get to make the final choice. The Voice has evolved a great deal since its first season in 2011, but the Blind Auditions process has virtually stayed the same.
From the very first season, Adam and Blake developed a rapport that viewers immediately fell in love with. Although the two guys couldn’t be more different, Adam and Blake formed a fast friendship that involved teasing each other incessantly on the show. After season three, Christina and CeeLo took a break from coaching The Voice, and were replaced by Shakira and Usher. For 16 seasons, coaches rotated in and out of two of the seats, but Blake and Adam remained staples in their big red chairs.
“[Blake and Adam] are always hugely popular when we do testing,” NBC’s chairman said in 2016. “We think they are the pillars of the show, and then we have this revolving door of [others] joining the pack.” In addition to Christina, CeeLo, Shakira and Usher, Blake and Adam were joined by stars like Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend at various points during the first five years of The Voice.
During Adam’s tenure on The Voice, he won the show three times — season 1 with Javier Colon, season 5 with Tessanne Chin and season 9 with Jordan Smith. However, as time went on, Adam was noticeably having less luck producing a winner, and sometimes even a finalist, on the series.
When Did Adam Leave ‘The Voice’?
During season 15 of The Voice in the fall of 2018, Adam made a controversial decision that led to him facing some pretty major backlash from viewers. During the Top 10, Adam only had two artists — Reagan Strange and DeAndre Nico — left in the competition, and they both wound up in the bottom three after America’s vote. At that point, the bottom three had a chance to perform one last time in hopes of winning the Instant Save, which meant they would move on to the next round. So, Adam would be losing at least one singer, if not both.
Unfortunately, Reagan was under the weather during the live episode, and she was unable to perform her Instant Save song. However, she was still eligible to remain in the competition — fans had the option to vote for her if they chose to. Before the vote, the coaches had a chance to campaign for their artists who were at risk of going home. Adam urged fans to give Reagan a chance and vote for her, even though she’d been unable to perform. While it was a sweet gesture, many fans were angered that Adam didn’t give Nico, who actually did perform, the same props. Reagan wound up winning the vote, and Nico was eliminated, which a lot of viewers did not think was fair.
Reagan wound up being eliminated in the next episode, anyway, leaving Adam with no artists in the finals. This followed the previous season (14) , where Adam also produced no artists in the finals. He faced the same fate during season 16 — while Blake had THREE artists make the finals, Adam had none. At that point, Adam had already signed on to return for the show’s 17th season alongside Blake, John and Kelly. However, on May 24, following the show’s season 16 finale, host Carson Daly dropped a bombshell — Adam actually wouldn’t be coming back. Instead, Gwen would be returning to take his place.
“[The Voice] went on to be a life shaping experience that will be close to my heart forever,” Adam said at the time. “Thank you NBC for signing me up. I am truly honored to have been a part of something I’ll always cherish for the rest of my life. Thank you to every single coach I ever sat in those chairs with. That is shared experience that is singularly ours. We have that for life. Thank you to everyone who supported this long strange and amazing left turn into a place I never thought I’d go.” He concluded his message by writing, “To all the loyal Voice fans, there’s literally no show without you guys. For me, it was time to move on. Your support has meant EVERYTHING.”
Why Did Adam Leave ‘The Voice’?
Although the statement made things seem pretty straightforward, fans were convinced that there was more to Adam’s departure. At the time, it was reported by TVLine that an incident at a pre-show taping was what led to Adam’s exit. The site reported that Adam and his fellow coaches were due to film some pre-recorded content for a season 16 episode in May 2019. However, since Adam had no artists left in the competition, he reportedly “expressed frustration” at having to be at the taping. TVLine’s source claimed that Adam was “very difficult” during the taping.
The next day, Adam, Blake, Kelly and John all traveled to New York City for NBC’s Upfronts, and execs were reportedly not happy with Adam’s behavior at that event, either, according to TVLine. “Adam had been checked out for a while,” the site reported. “But this was a new low. It was essentially the straw that broke the camel’s back.” Meanwhile, People reported that Adam also wasn’t happy about some of the changes made to the show for season 16 — especially the Live Cross Battles, which wound up being removed in season 17. NBC and Adam did not comment on rumors that any of this had to do with the singer’s departure from the show.
Following his departure, Adam distanced himself from the show, and did not speak about his decision to leave again for several months. Finally, in Oct. 2019, he opened up to Howard Stern about the move. “I was ready to not be doing it anymore, I think for a little bit,” Adam admitted. “I think that when it all kind of naturally happened, I was like….okay, it feels right. For better or worse, the moment in which we decided to walk away felt really good. It was the right time for me to go.”
At the end of the day, Adam said his family was his priority (the singer is married to Behati Prinsloo and they have two daughters). “It was a life-altering experience to be on that show, honestly,” he added. “But it got to the point where I got married, I had two kids, and I wanted to spend time with them. They were really little.”
He expressed similar sentiments during his appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that same month. “I do miss it, but I also don’t miss how much I had to work,” Adam shared. “I was just constantly working for many years. Very lucky, very fortunate, very blessed and all that, but just to be able to stop in this moment to spend time with my new young family and just have the greatest time ever [was important].”
Will Adam Ever Return To ‘The Voice’?
Even though Adam is coming back to The Voice to perform, don’t expect him to ever take his spot back in that big red chair. In Dec. 2020, he did an Instagram Q&A with his fans, where he flat-out addressed the question. One fan asked, “Come back to The Voice?” to which Adam bluntly responded, “No thank you?” Ouch!
Regardless of what happened in the past, though, Adam is still clearly on decent enough terms with the show to appear on the season 20 finale. When he comes back, he’ll get to briefly reunite with Blake, Kelly and John, who are all still coaches this season, along with Nick Jonas. Blake, Kelly and John will also all be back for season 21, but Nick is being replaced by Ariana Grande. The Voice finale airs on May 25 at 8:00 p.m. on NBC.
Pink Offers To Pay ‘Sexist’ Fines Against Norwegian Women’s Handball Team After They Wear Shorts
After the Norwegian Women’s beach handball team got fined for refusing to wear bikini bottoms, Pink trashed the ‘very sexist rules’ and offered to cover the bill.
Pink is doling out the green to protest the European Handball Federation’s rules. The governing body fined the Norwegian women’s beach handball team a total of €1,500 (around $1,765, per CNN) after the team wore shorts, just like their male counterparts, to the 2021 European Beach Handball Championships. “I’m VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR ‘uniform,” Pink, 41, tweeted on Sunday (July 25). “The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM. Good on ya, ladies. I’ll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up.”
I’m VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR “uniform”. The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM. Good on ya, ladies. I’ll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up.
— P!nk (@Pink) July 25, 2021
The team shared their love for Pink by reposting her tweet to their Instagram story. “Wow! Thank you so much for the support,” they added, per CNN. The team also shared their gratitude for all the support they’ve received over this fight. “We are very proud of these girls who during the European Championships raised their voices,” the Norwegian Handball Federation official Twitter account tweeted. “We at NHF stand behind you and support you. Together we will continue to fight to change the rules for clothing so that players can play in the clothes they are comfortable with!”
Vi er kjempestolte over disse jentene som under EM hevet stemmen og ga beskjed om at NOK ER NOK! Vi i NHF står bak dere og støtter dere. Sammen skal vi fortsette å kjempe for å endre regelverket for bekledning, slik at spillerne får spille i det tøyet de er komfortable med! pic.twitter.com/MmfiMtVz2Q
— Norges Håndballforbund (@NORhandball) July 20, 2021
According to International Handball Federation regulations, female-identifying players must wear biking bottoms “with a side width of a maximum of 10 centimeters (3.9 inches), with a ‘close fit’ and ‘cut on an upward angle toward the top of the leg,’” per CNN. Meanwhile, male-identifying players are allowed to wear shorts that are “not too baggy” and 10 centimeters above the knee. Many female players say that the uniform is degrading, and Eskil Berg Andreassen, the team’s coach, told CNN that the team was fighting for the freedom “to choose” its own kit, adding that the required uniforms could discourage women from playing the sport.
In response to the criticism, EHF President Michael Wiederer said that “the EHF will do all it can to ensure that a change of athlete uniform regulations can be implemented. Significant efforts will be made in order to further promote the sport in the best way possible for everyone, regardless of gender.” However, the president said that such changes in regulations could not happen overnight.
Scott Disick Sweetly Snuggles GF Amelia Hamlin As They Go For A Hamptons Boat Ride With Penelope, 9 — Photos
Scott Disick and Amelia Hamlin are enjoying some quality time in the Hamptons, cuddling up under a designer blanket while out for a boat ride.
Scott Disick has snuggled up to his new girlfriend Amelia Hamlin, while spending some quality time in the Hamptons. The 38-year-old took to Instagram on July 24 to share a pic of the couple getting cozy on a boat. Scott revealed they were joined by his daughter Penelope, 9, while vacationing in The Hamptons, the popular celeb hot spot east of New York City. In the pic, he and Amelia were wrapped up in an Hermes blanket to protect against the chilly ocean breeze.
The daughter of Lisa Rinna wore a white sweater while Scott cut an equally casual figure in a grey hoodie. “Hermes only to swim,” he captioned the photo. It comes just one week after Scott shared a pic to his Instagram story with Amelia and Reign posing on a dock. “Great night just a little smelly for reign out on these old docks,” he wrote, explaining why Reign was holding his nose shut with his left hand.
In the photo, Scott rocked camouflage sweatpants and a white tee, along with blue and white sneakers and platinum blonde hair. 20-year-old Amelia looked glam in a beige corset-style top and and high-waisted cream pants, which she paired with pointy-toe heels. The father-of-three also posted a pic of his daughter Penelope sitting on top of a Mercedes SUV. The nine-year-old, whom he shares with his former partner Kourtney Kardashian, cut a casual figure in a pink sweatsuit and slip-on shoes.
Scott and Amelia first sparked dating rumors in October 2020, however, the 18 year age gap has been a point of contention for Amelia’s mom Lisa. The Days of Our Lives alum confessed that her daughter told her she was just “friends” with Scott until Amelia sent her a photo of the two on the beach. At that point, Lisa said she knew there was “more to it” in a recent episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. “She’s 19. He’s 37 with three kids. Hello?” she said on camera during the episode, which filmed in November. “I’m a lot nervous about it,” Lisa also added at the time.
Kim Kardashian Snuggles Psalm, 2, At Kanye West’s ‘Donda’ Listening Party – Photos
Kim Kardashian sizzled in an all-red ensemble as she supported ex Kanye West at the listening party for his highly anticipated 10th album with all four of their children.
Kim Kardashian, 40, snuggled her youngest child Psalm, 2, close at ex Kanye West‘s Donda listening party. The reality star was on hand to support the father of her four children, 44, at the exclusive event in Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday, July 22. Kim had a stoic look on her face as she held Psalm inside the Mercedes Benz stadium as Psalm inquisitively appeared to look out at the stage or crowd.
The 2-year-old rocked a Yeezy-approved ensemble with a black muscle tank and leather pants, along with a pair of Kanye’s foam runners by Adidas. Meanwhile, Kim looked straight off the runway in her head-to-toe red ensemble. The skintight outfit, reminiscent of something a race car driver might wear, included a bold zipper detail up the front. She paired the the look with a bold pair of black sunglasses, keeping her hair straight and center parted. Kim finished the bold outfit with a pair of red colored boots with a silver glitter heel.
Kim was in attendance at the highly anticipated listening part along with her other children North, 7, Saint, 5, Chicago, 3, as well as sister Khloe Kardashian, 37. The Good American founder supportively sat by her older sister amongst the crowd, also keeping her face hidden behind a pair of oversized shades. Khloe opted for a fitted black outfit with a turtleneck style top, rocking her blonde-highlighted locks in a loose beach wave. Despite Kim and Kanye’s on-going divorce, Khloe has referred to Kanye was a “brother for life” — even showing him some love on social media ahead of the event by liking three of his Instagram posts teasing new music.
As expected, Kanye made a reference to his split from Kim on the album. “I’m losing my family / I’m losing my family / I’m losing my family,” he said repeatedly on one of the tracks, believed to be titled “Welcome To My Life.” Over their seven year marriage, Kim and Kanye resided in the Los Angeles suburb where the SKIMS CEO still lives (Kanye appears to spend the majority of his time at his Wyoming estate). Donda was also full of several guest appearances, including a verse recorded by Jay-Z just hours before the album dropped.