There’s a Big Perk ‘The Voice’ Winners Get Over ‘American Idol’ Champions

Mustafa Gatollari - Author

Dec. 20 2023, Updated 1:15 p.m. ET

'The Voice' Season 24 winner Michael Huntley
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The Gist:

  • As it turns out, just like American Idol, winners of The Voice also nab themselves a cash prize and a record deal.
  • Unlike the winner of American Idol who initially collects $125,000 (and then some more later on), winners of The Voice get paid a little less.
  • Season 24 of The Voice wrapped up with Michael Huntley being crowned the winner.
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Singing competitions are about a dime a dozen. Heck, even children's movies about them tend to make that same observation, but people love them nonetheless. Whether it's the over-the-top Eurovision contest or Fox's I Can See Your Voice, there are tons of singing competition shows that bring in viewers by the millions.

Some of the biggest singing competition shows in the U.S., however, are American Idol and The Voice. And while folks know that Idol gives winners a big cash prize and a record deal, what does the winner of The Voice get? Is it money, and if so, how much? Find out below!

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Niall Horan performs single "Meltdown" on NBC's 'The Voice'
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What does the winner of 'The Voice' get?

Well, as it turns out, just like American Idol, winners of The Voice also nab themselves a cash prize and a record deal. However, it's not identical to the season's top dog of Idol.

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If you win The Voice, you'll nab yourself a cool $100,000 along with a Universal Music record deal. The Idol winner gets $125,000 and then another $125,000 for finishing the album as part of their record deal. Not too shabby.

Here's the thing though: The Voice winners do have an added benefit that a lot of American Idol winners don't have.

There are plenty of examples of singing competition show winners who really didn't recapture the same success off the show as they managed to get for themselves on the program.

While there are a lot of Idol winners who may have complained about a lack of support from their record labels, The Voice victors have a bit of a leg up in that the show is hosted by successful recording artists.

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ALI performs on 'The Voice'
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Take Blake Shelton, for example. Whenever one of his singers would win the competition, he would bring them on tour with him to work with Universal Music Group to properly develop the artists (so they can have long-lasting and profitable careers).

Some of the most famous contestants from The Voice include Nicolle Galyon (Season 2 contestant), Cassadee Pope (Season 3 winner), Loren Allred (Season 3 contestant), and Morgan Wallen (Season 6 contestant).

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Some judges even are native to the singing competition scene. Both Niall Horan and Kelly Clarkson were launched into stardom from being on a singing competition show. Niall, who was on The X Factor UK with One Direction, didn't even win the show, but the band still thrived.

With this experience, winners of The Voice are put in wonderful mentors' hands.

Stay tuned for Season 25 of The Voice, which premieres on Feb. 26, 2024 at 8:00 pm EST. Reba McEntire, John Legend, Chance the Rapper, and Dan + Shay will serve as the coaches for the upcoming season. While Dan and Shay won't be sharing a chair, they will be sharing a button.

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