LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) – Thanks to her unique voice and trend-setting style, Gwen Stefani has never had a problem standing out. But on one of her first days on the set of “The Voice”, the lead singer of No Doubt quickly realises she is going to have to do something big to set herself apart during the blind auditions.
All four coaches have pushed their buttons and are on their feet to give a standing ovation to the impressive male singer in front of them. Series vet and two-time winner Adam Levine ups the ante by climbing onto his iconic red chair and placing his feet on the armrests to stand above his competition.
Stefani does one better: She takes off her white high heels to climb her chair and stand on the video screen behind her to rise above Levine. Suffice it to say, the competition is going to be tough on this season of “The Voice”, which premiered yesterday on NBC.
Stefani, along with “Happy” singer and mega-producer Pharrell Williams, signed on for the NBC hit last spring several months after original coach CeeLo Green announced his permanent exit from the show and news broke that Christina Aguilera was pregnant.
“I was afraid, and I had a reason to be,” Stefani told reporters. “I was really nervous about just coming on the show and doing something so different, and I didn’t know what it was going to be.”
Although she’s been the lone female in No Doubt for 25 years, she admits being the only lady on “The Voice” made her think twice. “It’s one thing to be in the boys’ club with guys you have known since you’re 16 years old, but to walk onto this platform with these guys that have been doing it already and not knowing them, I was freaked out a little bit,” she said.
However, Stefani didn’t have much time to mull her offer, which came shortly after she had given birth to her third child. “It was so quick and spontaneous, and I think that’s what’s been the best part about it,” Stefani said. “I didn’t know that I was going to be sitting inside of a black and red spaceship for the next three months.”