It’s hard to believe that the eighth season of The Voice will premiere tonight, and we’ll see the start of a long journey for dozens of aspiring singers as the coaches begin to form their teams. This season, original coach Christina Aguilera is back alongside seven-season veterans Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Pharell Williams will also be returning for his second season on the panel.
The Voice has been criticized for failing to immediately create superstars, but the show’s previous winners have had at least some success following the show. Check out where they are now:
After becoming the show’s first winner (on Team Adam) in June 2011, Javier released the album Come Through For You on Universal Records five months later. Despite a single featuring Natasha Bedingfield, the album didn’t garner much attention. He eventually parted ways with Universal, claiming that the label didn’t support his record. The singer is currently looking for another label to work with.
Jermaine became Blake’s first winner when he took home the title in Season 2. He performed his first post-Voice single “I Believe In This Life” during a visit back to the show in November 2012, and although his album was supposed to be released in early 2013, we’re still waiting. The date on the official release is still pending.
As a frontrunner from the beginning of Season 3, it was no surprise when Cassadee became the first female winner of the show, giving Blake his second win. She was crowned the winner in December 2012, and released her single “Wasting All These Tears” a few months later. The former Hey Monday singer has toured with Rascal Flatts and Tim McGraw, and “Wasting All These Tears” eventually went platinum, reaching No. 5 on the Country Music charts.
At 16, Danielle became the youngest winner of The Voice, and made Blake a 3-peat title holder. In July, just one month after she won the show and was signed to Big Machine Records, she released her first single “Heart of Dixie,” and her self-titled debut album was released in November 2013.
Adam took The Voice title back from Blake in Season 5, with Tessanne Chin being named the winner in December 2013. She released her debut album, Count on My Love, to poor sales in July 2014.
In Season 6, it was two-time coach Usher who became victorious for the first time, with his contestant Joshua Kaufman. Josh didn’t release an album after winning the show, but found some success on Broadway, where he’s currently starring in Pippin.
Craig Wayne Boyd
Although Adam’s team made up three of the four finalists on the show in Season 7, it was Blake who became the winner for a fourth time with country artist Craig Wayne Boyd. Since winning the show last fall, Craig’s single “My Baby’s Got a Smile on Her Face” climbed the charts, and he’s expected to release his debut album sometime this year.