Usher Talks The Voice Season Six and What He's Learned
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 02.24.2014
What advice does he have for Cee Lo's replacement?
Usher spoke with Billboard about his return to The Voice, which kicks off tonight. Check out the highlights:
On turning his chair quickly: "It's that, well, I don't want to be stuck with this talent, because most of the time, when you hit your button, everybody else is [backing] off that person, you're kind of stuck with them, so I usually wait. Being able to see how the talent reacts to the turn -- the first thing is they know they're on the show, so they lose it a little bitů if you have sustaining power, it's because you can deal with the pressure."
On what he learned from last year's blind auditions: "I learned to beg, I learned to ask where you're from, and to be extremely aggressive!"
On whether he would have been able to turn a chair when he was starting out: "Hell yeah. I would be, I guess, relentless. I probably would've been the first artist to step off the stage and be disqualified for getting in the coaches' face and find out why they didn't turn their chair!"
On whether his mentorship style has changed for any reason because of Justin Bieber's problems: "I guess I'm little confused at Justin and the association with 'The Voice,' but any person that I've been a mentor to, I mentor them specifically. My approach, every year, is significant with that person, and everybody, I guess, needs something specific. While I'm mentoring, I would actually like to win the show. I think Blake, he created an idea -- there's a focus, he stays country, no matter what. It's his one go-to if he feels like he's out of sorts in some way. I'm working out that one piece. The rest, you gotta to tune in and see."
On advice for whoever replaces Cee Lo Green next season: "It's an incredible environment to work in, and bring whatever your experience is to the show. A lot of why I really wanted to do this show was an opportunity in some way, to reintroduce myself. For many years, being viewed in one specific way -- I've been doing it for a long time, even though I'm still the new kid on the block [on 'The Voice']. It's that intimate look, my point of view, my perspective that I would never be able to give my audience that I think is great. I would encourage them to do the same."