Season 2 of The Voice USA premiered on NBC on February 5, 2012 and ended on May 8, 2012. Carson Daly returned as the host with Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green, and Christina Aguilera returning as coaches. Alison Haislip was replaced as the social media correspondent by singer-actress Christina Milan.This season was won by R&B singer and former backup singer Jermaine Paul. He would be the first of three contestants mentored by Blake Shelton to win the show.
Dissed by Randy Jackson
Before the show had premiered, veteran American Idol judge Randy Jackson had criticized the show, calling it a "second chance show" due to contestants from past shows trying out for it. Adam Levine addressed the comments during an appearence, along with Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, calling Jackson's comments "irresponsible".
RaeLynn Battle Rounds victoryEdit
During the Battle Rounds, Blake Shelton paired up Adley Stump and RaeLynn and had them sing "Free Fallin'" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. His decision to have RaeLynn move forward instead of Adley caused an outrage among those who felt that Adley outsang RaeLynn on the song. However, Blake Shelton stood by his decision and even defended it in a Twitter war.
Tony Lucca/Christina Aguilera feudEdit
Another issue that came up was a feud that erupted between coach Christina Aguilera and Team Adam member Tony Lucca, whom Aguilera first knew when both appeared on The Mickey Mouse Club back in the early 1990s. Aguilera constantly criticized Lucca for his performances especially his performances of "99 Problems" by Jay Z, which she claimed was a song that was demeaning to women, and "Baby, One More Time" by Britney Spears, who is seen by many as Aguilera's rival. Many complained that Aguilera's slamming of Lucca as well as his coach Adam Levine may have resulted in her protege Chris Mann finishing in 4th place, which was lower then many had projected because there had been many critics who had been impressed by Mann's classically trained voice and huge range.
Lucca ended up finishing in 3rd place that season.