“The Voice” will kick off season 14 on Feb. 26 with a two-hour long episode that starts at 8:00 pm ET/PT and 7:00 pm CT on NBC. That will be a blind audition episode as will the hour-long installment that airs Feb. 27). The show will follow that same pattern for the two weeks following as well. The coaches for season 14 are: Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.
Levine and Shelton have been with the show from the start. Shelton has coached six of the 13 winners of “The Voice,” including season 13 champ Chloe Kohanski. Levine has bragging rights for three champions while Keys won in her inaugural season last spring with Chris Blue. Clarkson is the newcomer but she knows first-hand the power of reality competition TV, having launched her career as the first-ever winner of “American Idol” back in 2002.
“The Voice,” which has won three Emmys as Best Reality-Competition Show, 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. For the second season in a row, the coaches have chosen the top 12, with the playoffs not airing 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.