The Voice Season 13 premieres on Monday September 25 and Tuesday September 26. Here’s a first look at three Blind Auditions from the upcoming season. The trio of hopefuls were all 4 chair turns.
Here’s Keisha Renee performing Ray Charles “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” Adam Lambert fans know her as the American Idol alum’s former background singer. Also, Keisha competed on Season 10 of American Idol, making it all the way to the Vegas round.
“She’s singing something Blake would do, with Jennifer’ voice…” is how coach Adam Levine describes Keisha.
Next, is Brooke Simpson performing Demi Lovato’s hit “Stone Cold.” By the end of the soulful belter’s performance, coach Jennifer Hudson is literally grabbing stuff to throw at her. “I thought I knew singing,” Jhud said, “Until you came out here and did that.” And coach Miley Cyrus runs up on stage to show the singer how fast her heart was beating. Fun Fact: Brooke is from a small Native American community in North Carolina.
And last but not least, Chris Weaver performs an impressive version of the Otis Redding classic, “Try a Little Tenderness.” The coaches are so impressed, they throw stuff at each other. Adam Levine is standing on his chair, and you know what that means. And as it turns out, Chris sang for Jennifer at the Color Purple party two years ago (Jennifer was part of the Broadway revival cast.) He shows her a photo. “We’re done,” Miley says, glumly.
Really Really Fun Fact: Chris is a worship leader at church. AND a drag queen (Meet Miss Nedra Belle). “I have won this show with country artists, pop artists, R&B,” says coach Blake Shelton. “But I’ve never won the show with a drag queen…”
Also, check out a Variety podcast featuring executive producer Mark Burnett, host Carson Daly, and season 13’s coaches, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton.
“Thirteen is officially my lucky number and always has been my whole life,” Burnett says. “It’s just a great show: part talent competition, part family sitcom.”
But the two say the show succeeds because of the chemistry between all of the coaches, even as they rotate new names into those revolving chairs. “Whether it’s Usher, Shakira, or Pharrell, they’re great people, they really want to help,” Daly says. “You can’t fake that in television. We could shoot all day long, but they’re really in it for the right reasons. You wouldn’t have the warmth that you feel on the show.”
That’s what they credit with keeping them ahead of the competition, even with a reboot of “American Idol” looming next season.