'The Voice' Introduces New Twist To Season 14 Blind Auditions
Just one day after the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics conclude, NBC's singing competition The Voice is expected to make its grand return.
The New Twist
For the first time since The Voice introduced the Knockout Rounds to the show in 2012, the biannual performance-based television show announced a new component that will directly impact the Blind Auditions.
In addition to receiving new chairs, all four coaches will have the ability to block a coach for stealing an artist that they want to recruit for their team.
"Let's say that Kelly (Clarkson) hears the voice that she really wants, but she does not want Blake (Shelton) to get that artist. She will hit her Block Blake button, and it turns Kelly's chair and blocks Blake from being able to get that artist," said Carson Daly, the show's longtime host and executive producer, to Yahoo! Entertainment.
Daly also revealed that if the "God Gave Me You" singer turned around, the six-time winning coach would see that he would be blocked from pitching to that artist.
Facebook Fans React
When the show's Facebook team uploaded the twist to social media, fans were instantly divided over the issue. Some fans liked the twist and added that they would have respected the coaches' decision no matter what.
"Blocked or not blocked, I would be so grateful to have just one judge turn around! I definitely would NOT be upset about anyone being blocked," wrote one Facebook fan.
However, veteran fans immediately thought that this idea was not their cup of tea and targeted another controversial element of the show.
"I don't think I like this idea. The arguments over the singers is the best part of the auditions. Blake and Adam are hilarious. Come on guys, you're ruining the best part of the show. If you want to change something, take away the instant save. The only people that get to vote in the instant save are on the east coast," wrote another Facebook fan.
Where Are The Old Chairs?
As the coaches prepare to enter their new chairs, Taste of Country reported that the show's old chairs had been transported from the Universal Studios Hollywood soundstage to the show's Las Vegas residency show, The Voice: Neon Dreams, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
Behind The Scenes At The Voice
Reports have surfaced that NBC allegedly convinced both stalwart coaches Shelton and Adam Levine to remain on the show until 2020 with bonuses. This report comes after that the show's fans contacted the television network and threatened to stop watching the show.
Another rumor that sprouted up was that Shelton threatened to leave the show after NBC invited Clarkson to join the Season 14 coaching line-up over Shelton's love, Gwen Stefani.
The show also announced that Julia Michaels, Shawn Mendes, Hailee Steinfeld, and Trace Adkins are expected to join Clarkson, Levine, Shelton, and returning coach Alicia Keys during the Season 14 Battle Rounds.
The Voice will air its two-night premiere on Monday, Feb. 26, and Tuesday, Feb. 27.