'The Voice' Finale: Can the Show Produce the Next Kelly Clarkson?

by Raphael Chestang 5:26 PM PST, December 16, 2014
Playing 'The Voice' Finale: Can the Show Produce the Next Kelly Clarkson?

Ahead of tonight's season-seven finale of The Voice, ET spoke to the coaches and finalists about the potential impact winning the show could have on a musical career. But, are the days of creating a Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood gone for good?

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Blake Shelton has coached three protégés to victory (Jermaine Paul, Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery), but none of the show's winners have been able to attain the success of early American Idol winners like Kelly or Carrie.

"Most record companies that sign artists for 20 years never get a Kelly Clarkson," Blake told ET. "Carrie Underwood -- same thing. [Successes like that] are one in a million -- not just for a reality show, but in the music industry."

Blake's archrival Adam Levine has coached two winners (Javier Colon and Tessanne Chin), and he told us that a win affords an artist with opportunities they might not get otherwise.

"It catapults you into an amazing place," Adam told ET. "I think you get to be on these carpets and talk to these people about your music and it transcends just being on The Voice."

The finalists -- the soulful Damien Lawson (Team Adam), alternative pop-rocker Matt McAndrew (Team Adam), pop heartthrob Chris Jamison (Team Adam) and country rocker Craig Wayne Boyd (Team Blake) -- had a transcendent moment last night when they debuted original songs and accompanying music videos. Matt's "Wasted Love" shot to No. 1 on the iTunes chart.

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"[Winning] would seriously help a lot for me to live debt free and try to help my family more and that would be awesome," Matt said.

The winner of The Voice gets a recording contract with Universal Music Group and a check for $100,000.

Watch The Voice finale tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.