There are some new additions to The Voice season 14. First, there’s the new coach, American Idol OG winner, Kelly Clarkson, who will take a seat alongside veterans Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and threepeater, Alicia Keys. Additionally, there’s The Block, which will give the coaches a one time opportunity to block a fellow coach from nabbing a singer (There are FANCY new chairs as well!).
But there’s ONE MORE twist, executive producer Audrey Morrissey told Variety in a recent interview. There’s a new SAVE feature coaches can use during the Knockouts.
Season 14 of the show will also introduce a save button that will allow a coach to save an artist they just eliminated during the knockout round. However, if another coach presses his or her steal button, the contestant can then decide if they want to go to a new team or return to their former coach.
“The coaches love that because there was jeopardy. People didn’t necessarily go back to the [team] they had been on,” Morrissey says.
Does that sound a little confusing? Coaches have had one steal during the Knockouts for awhile now. But this new save thing? It sounds like a coach can pit singers against each other–choose one–and then double back to save the other? That is, unless another coach steals the singer, giving the rejected contestant the opportunity to hop on to a new team.
I like this new save better than the block. The latter not only keeps a coach from choosing a contestant, but vice-versa as well. It’s all fun and games until somebody loses an eye! I’m not for any “twist” that screws over the contestant, no matter how much it gooses the coaches antics.
“We haven’t ever really had a defensive move or an offensive-defensive move, so we came up with the block,” executive producer Audrey Morrissey says. “It really sort of speaks to the real competition.”
For a more detailed description of The Block:
The block button prevents a coach from adding a new artist to their team. The coaches this season…can only use their block buttons on one artist for the entire first round of the competition. When a coach hits the block button with the name of the other three coaches, the coach who hit it automatically turns around. The “blocked” coach only discovers they are blocked if they press their button. If the coach doesn’t press their button, the block is still available for another audition.
So, the coaches could be hitting their block button and the audience doesn’t even know it, unless the blocked coach turns around? Or will the coach admit what they tried to do even if the targeted coach doesn’t turn? This game is getting more complicated than it needs to be.
The Voice season 14 premieres Monday February 26 on NBC.