With the new season of "The Voice" less than three months away, NBC has released a first-look from behind the scenes of the singing competition, featuring new coach Jennifer Hudson (check it out above).
Season 13 features Hudson alongside longtime judges Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, as well as the returning Miley Cyrus. In the clip, Hudson tells host and executive producer Carson Daly how she feels about joining the American version of the singing competition (she was previously a winning coach on "The Voice UK"). As Hudson gives her answer, her fellow coaches notice that they're also being filmed and start to have some fun with the camera.
It's no surprise that the first look is centred on Hudson, given that she's the newest addition to the "Voice" roster and therefore the person music fans will be paying the most attention to (the show similarly promoted the return of Christina Aguilera in 2015). Hudson is the unknown quantity and her arrival will shake up "The Voice" for a number of reasons.
There is obviously some promotional buzz because she's new and due to her past connection to "American Idol" (she won Season 3), which will be renewed competition for "The Voice" when it returns. But more importantly, Hudson is a proven "Voice" winner and unlike all of the other first-time coaches, shouldn't need an adjustment period. She could be a threat to win right out of the gate—something that the NBC series will like since it's been striving to create a greater sense of competition after years of wins by Levine and Shelton.
NBC's fall schedule has "The Voice" returning for three nights in its premiere week. During the week of Sept. 25, the show will air blind auditions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, as has been its standard operating procedure. "The Voice" has also already been renewed for a 14th season, which will premiere in the spring of 2018 (see the Season 14 coach announcement here).
"The Voice" Season 13 premieres Monday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. on NBC.