For the past 11 years since its debut in 2011, “The Voice” has been a mainstay of NBC’s spring schedule, typically kicking off in February or March and running through May. That wasn’t the case for 2022. For the first time in the reality TV show’s history, “The Voice” skipped the spring season as it refocuses on becoming more of an event series that only airs one cycle each fall. What does this mean going forward?
Read on for everything to know about “The Voice” Season 22, including the coaches and potential premiere date.
Why isn’t “The Voice” airing now?
Network executive Frances Berwick revealed to Deadline in May 2021, “We want to eventize this iconic series. We think ‘The Voice’ will be on NBC for a very long time to come and we believe the best way to protect the brand, while also super serving fans, is to produce one amazing cycle this year.” Most other reality TV shows already follow this once-per-year format, including “American Idol” on ABC, which airs every spring and will thus no longer face direct competition from “The Voice.”
“The Voice” coaches
On May 15, NBC announced that new coach Camila Cabello would be replacing Kelly Clarkson on the judges’ panel for Season 22, as Clarkson takes some time for herself. The other three coaches were also confirmed to be Blake Shelton (his 22nd cycle), John Legend (his seventh season) and Gwen Stefani (her sixth installment).
“The Voice” premiere date
Since the fall cycle of “The Voice” typically premieres on the third of fourth Monday in September, that means Season 22 could debut on either September 19 or September 26. NBC will finalize the date in due time. Either way, you can expect a two-night premiere on Monday and Tuesday nights, as the coaches start to build their teams in the blind audition round.
“The Voice” format
“The Voice” always begins with the blind auditions, in which aspiring artists sing to the backs of the coaching panel. If a judge likes what they hear, they push their “I Want You” button, which turns their chair around. If more than one coach pushes their button, then the artist gets to choose which team they want to join. Following that initial round, the show pivots to the battles and knockouts, which is when each of the coaches pare down their teams, and finally to the live playoffs, which is when America gets to vote for their favorite performers. In the season finale, the person who earns the most viewer votes is awarded $100,000 cash plus a recording contract with Universal Music Group.
“The Voice” competition
If the first 21 cycles of “The Voice” have taught us anything, it’s that the coaches want to win just as much as their artists. Blake has claimed the most championships so far with eight: Jermaine Paul (Season 2), Cassadee Pope (Season 3), Danielle Bradbery (Season 4), Craig Wayne Boyd (Season 7), Sundance Head (Season 11), Chloe Kohanski (Season 13), Todd Tilghman (Season 18) and Cam Anthony (Season 20). As for the other returning coaches, John and Gwen both took a single victory with Maelyn Jarmon (Season 16) and Carter Rubin (Season 19), respectively.
“The Voice” legacy
After 11 years and 21 seasons, “The Voice” is one of NBC’s most lucrative TV shows of all time. In addition to being a ratings juggernaut and a platform to launch superstar singers, “The Voice” is also an awards magnet. It’s won a total of seven Emmy Awards, including four for Best Competition Series (2013, ’15, ’16, ’17).