The Voice is back for its third season and begins tonight on NBC with blind auditions.
According to billboard.com, the singing competition is the highest rated show on NBC besides Sunday Night Football and the network is prepared to extend the program to run through not just the fall, but the spring as well.
"Executive producer Mark Burnett says he's prepared to expand the show's run, even if it means losing some of the judges/coaches associated with the program. One insider expects two of the four current coaches to take a break after this fall's edition," the site reports.
"Here's the fact we decided: When you've been on this show, that's your chair for life," Mark says. "So if they have to tour and someone comes in for a season and then goes out for a season, comes back for a season, there will never be anyone getting replaced, ever."
The producer added, "It's going to be moving pieces all the time. And luckily maybe a couple of them go on tour, a couple of them don't go on tour. They have an obligation to their fans. And so that's how we're going to do it."
Not all the judges agree with that, however. Blake says, "Obviously that's a hard pill for me to swallow. I feel like I was part of the building of this process-we all worked our asses off on it. It would be hard for me to get up out of that chair and let someone else be there. It's also hard for me to be in that chair and know that I could be out there touring too. I need to be able to do both and maybe with back-to-back seasons I can. But something's got to give."
The country singer continued, "As much as it's about music, we're doing television. We all have to search within ourselves [and ask], 'How long can we do this before we become a TV person instead of a music person? And are you OK with that?' Right now this is still what I want to do because I see myself touring and getting back out there."
The Voice begins tonight at 8 p.m. Will you watch?