Musical competition reality show, The Voice returns Monday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Singer-songwriter, actress and former X Factor USA alum Camila Cabello claims her red chair alongside returning coaches John Legend, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani. Carson Daly returns as host.
NBC announces the Battle Round advisors.
Season 22 Battle Advisors include:
- Team Legend: Critically acclaimed two-time Grammy Award-winning R&B singer-songwriter Jazmine Sullivan
- Team Camila: Grammy Award-nominated singer, songwriter and producer Charlie Puth
- Team Blake: Grammy Award-nominated, chart-topping country music star Jimmie Allen
- Team Gwen: Grammy Award-winning rapper, singer and songwriter Sean Paul, who is considered one of Jamaica’s most prolific artists
The Voice confirms 3-way Knockouts
And, NBC also confirms the spoiler we posted earlier from Idol Forums. The Knockouts will feature 3-way performances. “For the first time ever,” states the official press release, “this phase of the competition will include three-way knockouts. The stakes have never been higher for the coaches and their artists as they vie for the win.”
Also NO Knockout Round Mega Mentor this season.
In lieu of enlisting a mega mentor, coaches will work with their artists directly to prepare them as best as possible for this new challenge.
Spoilers say 56 singers will compete in the Battle Rounds, 36 in the Knockouts, 16 remain
However, NBC has yet to confirm what reliable spoilers say–that the Blind Auditions will end with 56 contestants rather than the usual 48. Additionally, the Battle Rounds will feature 28 matchups. Each coach gets one steal and one save. The round ends with 36 contestants–9 per team–hence the three way Knockout to accommodate the odd number of team members. Each coach gets one steal. At the end of the Knockouts, 16 singers remain.
Although NBC is super-sizing the number of contestants, the celebrity guest stars are underwhelming compared to seasons past. Jimmie Allen and Charlie Puth will literally show up on any reality show that will have them. Jazmine Sullivan is a highly regarded R&B singer, but hardly a household name. Ditto Sean Paul from the reggae/rap world.
Also did budget cuts drive the lack of a mega-mentor? Maybe all the artists are back to work in this post Covid era. Last season’s coach, Ariana Grande would probably not have signed up for a reality show if everything else in her life hadn’t been canceled.
Check out these interviews:
Blake Shelton and Jimmie Allen
Camila Cabello and Charlie Puth
Gwen Stefani and Sean Paul
Check out their interview at ET Online