The Voice season 15 premiered on Monday (Sept 24) with coaches Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Adam Levine.
The show is back, with a few twists. No more iTunes recordings–for Blind Audition contestants. No word yet on the fate of future rounds. That’s a pretty big change. The most significant drawback–no easy spoilers hours before the show, or the ability to preview a hopeful before they take the stage for the first time.
Another twist is the Comeback Stage. Singers who fail to turn a chair can get a second chance via “fifth coach” Kelsea Ballerini who has hand picked six singers to compete for a 13th spot in the live finals. The competition is part of a digital series available on Youtube and The Voice phone app. I’m going to reserve my verdict on the new series until it plays out a little more.
I still hate the block however! Big voiced singer Radha was denied choosing a coach close to her vocal style after Adam blocked Jennifer. Now she’s stuck with Adam as a coach. Just watch him give her up in the battles. Bah.
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