Adam Levine’s New Show ‘Songland’ Hits the Right Note with Viewers
Adam Levine is getting lots of praise for his new competitive talent show, "Songland," which premiered mere days after the last episode of "The Voice."
Levine, 40, is the executive producer of the unique show that pairs unsung but talented songwriters with megastars, allowing the singers to give their rendition of songs with hopes of creating a hit.
"Songland" premiered on Tuesday night, and the reaction from fans was overwhelmingly positive. See their reactions below.
The first episode saw John Legend judge four writers' songs then decide which was the winning piece and perform his rendition of it. Here's his performance.
Born in the Bahamas, Tebby Burrows of Miami wrote the winning tune for the award-winning singer. Viewers described her version of the song as "good," but admitted that Legend's was "amazing."
The overall way the show is run stole the hearts of many who voiced their approval online. One person said she was "officially obsessed" with the song. She added that "the entire concept of the show and the execution of it is incredible."
I’m officially obsessed with @NBCSongland!! The entire concept of the show and the execution of it is incredible. I was impressed with every second of the show’s debut, and I’m streaming the new @johnlegend song now! #Hooked #Songland— bri 💫 (@canyonmoonbri) May 29, 2019
Another person said she was so moved by the results that she "cried a little at the end." Legend's version of "We Need Love," written by Burrows, already looks to become a hit.
During the show, the writers work with top producers in the industry to reformulate their songs, make it the winning pick of the artists (in this case John Legend), and then produce it into an official track recording.
Fans were also impressed by the contestant's ability to deliver their songs while playing instruments. One person called it "an amazing skill to have."
If the contestant's performance is the first time the #Songland judges are hearing these songs, I'm really impressed with their ear training. They all just jump on their instruments and start playing the tune. That's an amazing skill to have.— Russell Todd 🦊 (@russell_todd17) May 29, 2019
The panel includes One Republic's lead singer Ryan Tedder, singer, songwriter, and producer Ester Dean, and songwriter Shane McAnally.
The artists set to deliver the revamped songs are John Legend, the Jonas Brothers, Meghan Trainor, Macklemore, Charlie Puth, Kelsea Ballerini, Will.I.Am, One Republic, Aloe Blacc, Old Dominion, and Leona Lewis.
When Levine announced he was leaving "The Voice" after season 16, fans' hearts were broken. The singer has been on the show since it's 2011 launch.
After the official announcement, Levine took to Instagram to share the reason he felt it was "time to move on." He expressed gratitude for his time there and thanked all the coaches he worked with.
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About 8 years ago, Mark Burnett convinced us to sign up for this show where you sit in a big red chair with your back turned away from the singers on the stage. First thank you must go to Mark. ❤️ We had no idea what we were doing or where it was going. After the first day of shooting, I sat there, stunned. I said to myself “theres some magic here. Something is definitely happening.” It went on to be a life shaping experience that will be close to my heart forever. 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. Thank you Carson Daly for babysitting the musicians and making sure our shoes were tied and we had our lunch boxes. You are the backbone of this thing and we appreciate you more than you know. Audrey, thank you for being perhaps the most patient person in all the free world. 4 musicians all at once is a lot. Sainthood is imminent. Thank you to Paul Mirkovich and the band for their ridiculously hard work and learning more songs than maybe any band ever. 😂 Thank you to the people behind the scenes who do the real work and make this machine hum. To the amazingly talented vocalists who competed on the show and blew my mind on a daily basis. And, BLAKE FUCKIN’ SHELTON. I couldn’t hide my love for you if I tried. Seriously. I tried. Can’t do it. Our friendship is and always will be one for the books. Whatever this whole surreal experience was, Im just happy I got to experience it with you. You’re my brother for life. Kelly and John, take care of the cowboy and I’m sure I’ll be back to say hi very very soon. So much love to you both. And lastly, to all of 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. And Lastly, I’d like to thank my manager Jordan for convincing me to take that meeting. 😊 What an amazing ride. Thank you all so much. ❤️ Adam
The lengthy post was received with sadness by fans who did not believe it was possible to replace Levine. Some even said they might stop watching "The Voice" altogether.
Co-judges Legend, Kelly Clarkson, and Blake Shelton voiced their despair as well. Yet clearly, Levine had big plans and, so far, it looks like he will be successful in his new endeavor.