“The Voice” season 14 premiere is February 26 on NBC. This two-hour long episode starts at 8:00 pm ET/PT and 7:00 pm CT and is the first of six devoted to the blind audition stage of the singing competition. There will be an hour-long episode of “The Voice” on Feb. 27 with that same schedule for the two weeks following. The coaches for season 14 are: Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Take a look at the four of them in action in the teaser clip above.
Levine and Shelton have been with the show from the start. Shelton has coached six of the 13 winners of “The Voice” including the reigning champ Chloe Kohanski while Levine has bragging rights for three. Keys won in her second turn as coach and she is hoping that third time will also be the charm. Clarkson has never been a judge but knows first-hand the pressures of appearing on a reality-competition series having won the first season of “American Idol” back in 2002.
“The Voice,” which won its third Emmy as Best Reality-Competition Show last fall, is hosted by Carson Daly. The five stages in the competition are the blind auditions, which will be shown over the course of the first six episodes, followed by the battle rounds, knockouts, playoffs and, finally, the live performance shows. Unlike last season when the coaches chose the top 12 in advance, this year’s playoffs will air live.
For the blind auditions, the audience gets to see the contestants but the four judges must make their decisions based solely on the quality of the singing. Only if they are won over by the voice do they hit their button so that their chair turns and they can see the singer. If more than one judge turns, the contestant gets to hear each make their case before deciding on whose team they wish to be. For those contestants that do not inspire even one judge to hit their button, their time on “The Voice” is over.