2017 is a year that Chloe Kohanski will never forget, as the extremely talented singer was deemed the best of the best of The Voice's latest season. Belting out such classics as "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and "Landslide," Kohanski wowed audiences and coaches alike with her alternately husky and soaring vocals, but even though it all looked effortless on her part, the process definitely had its challenges. CinemaBlend recently spoke with Kohanski about her successes with Team Blake, and when discussing how things went behind the scenes, she told me the filming process presented some major frustrations.
That answer made so much sense to me, as I have often wondered how The Voice contestants are able to keep their voices prepped for episodic performances when also dealing with the coach sessions and talking-head interviews. The name of the show, after all, is The Voice, and if Chloe Kohanski and her fellow competitors are having to spend so much time filming other sections of the episodes, it has to be frustrating. And I'm sure it doesn't help when NBC goes hard on extending episodes to three hours.
Of course, like Chloe Kohanski put it, even though the contestants themselves are the reason why people watch The Voice, there are a lot of other elements that go into the episodes that are just as important. Because even though it's the voices that get the coaches first interested in the contestants, audiences need more than that to decide who deserves to win, which is why so much time is spent developing their personalities surrounding the performances.
Chloe Kohanski recognizes the necessary evils that are involved with building episodes of The Voice beyond the vocal performances, but she does wish things were a bit more balanced on that front.
I wouldn't be surprised if a future season of The Voice spends some of its behind-the-scenes segments showing the contestants guzzling honey-infused tea instead of making them talk a lot. Not that Chloe Kohanski would still be around to reap the rewards, but it would be nice if the show shifted things back to a time when there wasn't quite so much excess footage being shot to pad the episode runtimes.
For as hectic as filming The Voice was, though, it wasn't so difficult that it kept Chloe Kohanski from winning over the hearts and ears of the voting viewers. And now that it's all over, the 23-year-old has found she's kinda missing all the daily madness.
Here's hoping wherever Chloe Kohanski goes, she'll be releasing catchy and emotionally resonant music similar to her first original single, "Wish I Didn't Love You," which she performed during the season finale. Whichever way her career goes, we'll be listening.
Though its ratings aren't quite what they once were, The Voice is still one of the hottest unscripted shows on TV, and fans don't have too long to wait until its spring cycle hits NBC on Monday, February 26. Check out what Chloe Kohanski told me about her most nerve-wracking performances of the season, and then head to our 2018 midseason premiere schedule to see all the new and returning shows heading to the small screen soon.