Each week on The Voice, our favorite contestants are singing their hearts out for a shot at the top title. But are these artists being paid for their time on the show?

Not so much. Wetpaint Entertainment reached out to Season 2 contestant Tristan Shields of The Shields Brothers and the singer clarified some behind-the-scenes financial questions.

“We got a stipend for living, but no, we didn’t get paid,” he said.

It’s probably for the best in this kind of environment. If contestants were paid for their time on the show, some musicians might try to stay in the competition longer for money alone.

According to NBC.com, the winner of The Voice gets a recording contract. Last season’s winner, Cassadee Pope, landed a record deal with Taylor Swift’s label, Republic Nashville.

Obviously contestants get tons of national exposure, but they’re also spending lots of time away from work to be on The Voice. Do you think the contestants should be paid for their time on the show? Tell us your thoughts below!