Next week "The Voice" returns to NBC, and the 13th season of the singing competition will be a lot different than music fans are used to seeing from the show. What should audiences be looking for when "The Voice" premieres on Monday, Sept. 25? AXS has put together this quick guide to the three things you should watch for during "The Voice" season 13.
1) New coach Jennifer Hudson
The biggest news of the "Voice" offseason was Jennifer Hudson joining the coaching panel. Fans have focused on the fact that she's a former "American Idol" contestant now featured on its rival show, but that's missing the big selling point. Hudson is also a former "Voice" winner. She was the winning coach in the sixth season of the foreign spinoff "The Voice UK." So she knows what it takes to win on this show, and it was also a very recent win (it happened in April). So there's no denying that Jennifer Hudson is not only coming to the US version of "The Voice" with experience but also with the hot hand. You can watch her giving fans a backstage tour of "The Voice" season 13 set by using the media player included with this article.
2) Team Miley's mentor Billy Ray Cyrus
NBC hasn't revealed the celebrity mentors for "The Voice" teams yet, but Miley Cyrus let slip in a SiriusXM radio interview that Team Miley's helper will be none other than her father Billy Ray Cyrus. That's not really a surprise because he is her dad, plus it makes great TV for NBC, but it will be very interesting to see how they work together. Miley is known as a pop artist, and Billy Ray Cyrus isn't the first person you'd think of when it comes to coaching artists in that genre. Conversely, they obviously know how to collaborate, and if Miley is able to wrest any country singers away from Blake Shelton, it could be a huge advantage. So this could be a very interesting coach-mentor combination this season!
3) Adam Levine is due for a win
It's been a while since we've seen Adam Levine hoisting "The Voice" trophy. He hasn't won since season 9, although he did have the runner-up in last fall's season 11. So what will he do to put himself back in contention? Levine was the show's first winner, and he's remained a very savvy coach who knows how to take hopefuls that next step to being contenders. But this season would be a good time for him to score big and remind fans that he's still very much a part of the "Voice" conversation. Look for Team Adam to be on the warpath in the new season, and if Levine gets rolling, no one will be able to stop him.
"The Voice" premieres Monday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. on NBC. For more on any of the season 13 coaches including where you can see them live, click their names above to visit their artist pages at AXS.