Music fans are a week away from the return of "The Voice." The NBC singing competition premieres Monday, Feb. 26, with Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys and Kelly Clarkson taking over the search for a new superstar. What should audiences be looking out for in "The Voice" season 14? Here are three things to keep your eyes (and ears) on when you tune in next week:
1) How will Kelly do?
The big promotional point for "The Voice" season 14 is Kelly Clarkson coming aboard as coach, and so there's a lot of pressure for her to do well - not just in terms of having a successful team, but in clicking with the fans. NBC struck out last season in bringing aboard Jennifer Hudson, who never clicked with viewers and went back to coaching on "The Voice UK" where she's had better success. The show doesn't want to see that happen two seasons in a row. Plus, there will be a certain level of expectation for her, since she should be very familiar with the show going into this season; she was a battle rounds advisor for Team Blake in "The Voice" season 2, and has been one of the most frequent musical guests.
2) Will the competition be any tougher?
The new panel could be the show's toughest yet, as it has three coaches who have already won "The Voice" before. It has four winners if you want to count that Clarkson won "American Idol" as a contestant. So theoretically that should up the level of competition that audiences see, and that's not just about whatever gimmicks the coaches pull out during blind auditions. There should be better coaching, better song choices, and better performances in "The Voice" season 14. There's no reason the show can't have one of its best seasons this spring, and it could use a big season since it's about to go head to head with a revived "Idol."
3) Will the Block backfire?
Last week NBC announced a new "Voice" feature called "The Block" which is supposed to make the auditions more competitive by preventing certain coaches from being able to turn their chairs. But as fans have quickly pointed out, this could also be a huge letdown, if a contestant is unable to pick the coach that is the best fit for them or is the one they want to work with, just because another coach is pushing a button. The competition should still fundamentally be about the artists, but the Block puts the focus on the coaches. In addition, it's another change on a show that already has multiple Steals, the Twitter Instant Save, and the Coach Comeback. Will audiences get tired of all the different things going on? Music fans will find out next week.
"The Voice" season 14 premieres Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. on NBC. Fans can also watch the coaches live, as Adam Levine and Maroon 5 are 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. 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)