"The Voice" returns in two weeks, so NBC is revealing the first footage from the new season plus a new gimmick that will complicate the singing competition's blind auditions. Watch a "The Voice" season 14 first look by playing the video above.
This season stars returning winner Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Alicia Keys (also coming back to the show after a one-season break), and new coach Kelly Clarkson. Clarkson will be familiar to fans of the show from her numerous guest performances, and from serving as one of Team Blake's battle round advisors during "The Voice" season 2. Clarkson will also be the only coach in season 14 without a win, as Shelton and Levine have multiple "Voice" victories and Keys won season 12 with artist Chris Blue.
Maybe that's why NBC thought it needed to introduce another hook into the new season. Also this week, the network posted a YouTube video of host Carson Daly explaining "the game changer," which is a new feature on each coach's chair. It enables all four coaches to block one other coach from turning their chair during an audition, one time. Only one coach can block at a time.
The network obviously believes that the block will add another layer of strategy to "The Voice" season 14, but as fans have pointed out in the comments of the above linked YouTube video, it could also prevent an artist from choosing the coach that's the best fit for them if another coach blocks them. That means it has the potential to also hurt the competition, at least from a contestant's standpoint.
It also adds another wrinkle into a show that's already full of technicalities, including the Steal (where coaches are required to steal two artists from other teams during the battle rounds and another one during the knockout rounds), the Twitter Instant Save (where social media determines the last artist in every round of the live playoffs except the finale), and the Coach Comeback (where each coach gets to bring back a previously eliminated artist for the opening round of the playoffs). Will yet another option make the season even more complicated?
Music fans will have to wait until Feb. 28 to find out, but don't have to wait to get their tickets to see Adam Levine and Maroon 5 live. The Grammy Award-winning band is coming to the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO on Tuesday, Sept. 11 and tickets are on sale now through AXS.
AXS also has your tickets to Blake Shelton's spring 2018 tour, with dates and links to purchase your seats now below:
Feb. 15 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center (Click here for tickets)
Feb. 16 - Lubbock, TX - United Supermarkets Arena (Click here for tickets)
Feb. 17 - Las Cruces, NM - Pan American Center (Click here for tickets)
Feb. 22 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena (Click here for tickets)
Feb. 23 - Moline, IL - TaxSlayer Center (Click here for tickets)
Feb. 24 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center (Click here for tickets)
March 2 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center (Click here for tickets)
March 3 - Bossier City, LA - CenturyLink Center (Click here for tickets)
March 8 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena (Click here for tickets)
March 9 - Greenville, SC - Bon Secours Wellness Arena (Click here for tickets)
March 10 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum (Click here for tickets)
March 15 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena (Click here for tickets)
March 16 - Baltimore, MD - Royal Farms Arena (Click here for tickets)
March 17 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center (Click here for tickets)
"The Voice" season 14 premieres Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. on NBC.