Happy Thanksgiving!

Well, I’m officially signing off for Thanksgiving Break, Voice fans. I’ll be back on Monday reporting from the Top 6 performance show.

But before I sign off, I want to give my thanks to everyone in the Voice family. The day I worked my first live show back in Season 1, I had the feeling that I was going to be part of something special, and that’s exactly what has happened. This isn’t just a TV show. It’s watching people’s lives change in front of our eyes. And in my case, I am extraordinarily blessed to be a small part of that, through my interactions with the artists, coaches, crew and fans, all of whom hold a special place in my heart.

I’ve made so many friends over the last two and a half years, enough that I can’t possibly thank all of them without this post becoming just a huge list of names. I’ve created so many memories with everyone from the coaches to the camera operators. There are a few people, though, that I want to single out for their particular contributions to my life, and for motivating me to continue to do what I do.

Obviously, the list begins with Adam Levine, who’s become not just my hero, but also my coach. All I ever wanted to do when I started working on The Voice was shake his hand, and instead I’ve made a friend who’s supported and encouraged me every step of the way. And then there’s Blake Shelton, who will never stop teasing me about being Team Adam, but who’s also been such a joy to work with. Plus, his jokes are always hilarious.

I’d also like to tip my hat to Carson Daly, who doesn’t get nearly as much credit as he deserves for how hard he works, and how well he treats everyone around him. Carson has always treated me not like a reporter, but like one of the team, and to hear him say that I was part of the Voice family, well, that brought me to tears.

Then there are all the friends I’ve made amongst the artists over the years – every last one of you. There hasn’t been a single person in the history of the show that I haven’t liked being around. Some of us keep in closer touch than others, but you’ve all welcomed me into your lives. I want to especially thank Javier Colon, whose story inspired the creation of this blog to begin with, and Tony Lucca, whose example inspires me every day. But all of the artists from Season 1 to Season 5, you’ve all been wonderful and it is an honor to continue to support you, even after you step off the stage.

Big Red Chairs exists because of you. I don’t do it for the money, and I certainly never expected to become famous. It still blows my mind that I’m working on one of the biggest shows in America. I’m here because I love what I do, and I love what I do because of the people I do it with. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving,