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Adam Levine: 'American Idol' got very lucky with Kelly Clarkson


Adam Levine is disappointed with the lack of chart success for "The Voice" winners, and he says "American Idol" was very lucky to crown Kelly Clarkson as its first victor.

The Maroon 5 frontman's pick, Javier Colon, was the inaugural winner of "The Voice" last year, but he parted ways with Universal Republic Records after his debut album flopped.

Bing: Javier Colon's debut

Acknowledging that the champ isn't doing as well as he had hoped, Levine claims success in the business is rare.

He tells The Daily Beast, "I think the show needs to do things better to help see it through. However, that being said, I also believe people need to understand that launching someone into the stratosphere and creating a huge success is one in a million. It's not a factory. It's not a machine. Having been in a band for however long, you release a single, and sometimes it does really well. Sometimes no one gives a s---. We're two seasons in. You've got to give us a minute. I think 'American Idol' got very lucky in having Kelly Clarkson."

Levine admits he is frustrated with Colon's struggles, adding, "It makes me sad when I see Javier isn't having the career we want him to have. I'm going to do everything I possibly can to help him. We just took him on tour in South America. I'm passionate about seeing talented people succeed.

"It would be really great if [producers] could help launch the careers of the artists after the show is over, but you know what happens when the show is over? It's time for the next season. All that being said, I do believe somebody is going to break through."

Sep 20, 2012 3:57PM

'They' lucky? Really...are you kidding me(?) 'They' were chosen by 3 judges who went from 'coast-to-coast' in search of raw fresh talent. I'm calling that...a 'great ear' for talent. Just my two-pennies...

Sep 20, 2012 11:14AM

Damn Adam is fine. I would tear that sh*t up

Sep 20, 2012 11:12AM
First they need to change Javiers  last name
Sep 18, 2012 3:59AM
Carrie Underwood....she sings, she writes, she has talent and personality .. she is an Idol winner..
Sep 15, 2012 10:24AM
Not only do you have to have that "certain" singer with that "certain" vocal, you MUST have that "certain" song to promote that individual.  It truly is the song or songs that makes or breaks the singer.  Look at American Idol, they have had Clay Akin, not a big hit but one hell of a vocalist.

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