Hello fellow Voice fans!!! Set the DVRs, stock up on the popcorn and your favorite adult beverage, Time to get hyped up as it is almost The Voice time again, and I think it’s going to be an interesting one even without my main girl Miley.
This season, all four coaches are veterans. Gwen Steffani is back after two seasons off , and Alicia Keys is rolling in fresh from the lessons of Season 11. Initially, I didn’t care for Alicia on the show, but she got much better as a coach as the season progressed. Please note, I think as a songwriter musician, she is amazing. I’m excited to see if she is great out of the gate in the Blinds.
The jury is out on Gwen, as always. I think she is one of the weakest of any and all of the coaches that have been on The Voice (US edition). I DO think that her makeovers are something that the others should take note of though. Back in Season 7, through various rounds and steals, Craig Wayne Boyd went from Team Blake to Team Gwen back to Team Blake. He won. I’m FIRMLY convinced that the makeover that Gwen gave him in the short time he was with her helped tremendously with that win. In his audition, he looked like you do if you have thin hair, decide you have one more day before you need to wash it, and then get caught in the rain. It was FLAT and long and had no style. His clothes were garage sale fringe and all brown. She had him trim the hair, fluffed it up, and while still sticking with his country asthetic, improved his wardrobe. He went from a nottie to a hottie.
I am hoping that as Gwen and Blake’s relationship continues, it doesn’t damage one of the things I love about the show – the Bromance between Adam and Blake. I heart those two.
Although I can’t seem to find who the Knockout Round overall mentor is, the list of the Battle Round mentors is quite exciting!
Team Blake: Luke Bryan. I don’t listen to a lot of music believe it or not. Not intimately familiar with Luke’s work, but I do know that he has continually surprised people by being country yet in his music acknowledges and speaks about hip hop, etc. He’s also produced his own records, which I find is sometimes a great aspect in a mentor on the Voice
Team Adam: John Legend. This simply gets the “awwww” factor from me. Both Adam and John are new dads. Haven’t seen much of Adam’s new munchkin, but John and Chrissy’s baby Luna is adorable. John is known for his collaborations, so is a perfect choice of mentor. You can catch Academy Award Winner John Legend before his appearance on The Voice when he performs on The Oscars Sunday night, when he sings “City of Stars” and “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)”, both from La La Land. John also was a supporting actor in La La Land.
Team Alicia: DJ Khaled. I hadn’t heard of him either. But I recognized him from the tax commercials. But I actually love it when the coaches bring out someone who is extremely experienced “behind the scenes”. Khaled is a record producer, record label exec, and a DJ among other things. So I suspect he will know how to work with the artists to showcase their talent, but as a DJ and radio personality, he will also know a bit about showmanship.
Team Gwen: Celine Dion. Is any explanation necessary? A great pick for Gwen, and an advantage for her as Celine definitely has a different vocal style and range than Gwen. Happy to see Celine out and about after the death of her husband, Rene.
I have to admit, it is really hard for me not to be Team Blake no matter what. Why? Because he doesn’t just talk the talk for the show. When he says he works with these artists after the show – THE DUDE WITH THE DIMPLES MEANS IT. He recently kicked off a new tour – Doing It to Country Tour. It really shouldn’t be a surprise that our recent, beloved winner of Season 11 Sundance Head is joining Blake on some of the dates. But his OTHER opening act is Raelynn. Who is that, you ask? Well, she was a member of Team Blake clear back in Season 2. A finalist you ask? NO! She was a quarter finalist – she only performed 5 times! But she has performed backup for Blake, and even hit #7 on the US Country charts with one of her songs (according to Wikipedia). I also know fellow Oklahomans the Swann Brothers have toured with and worked with Blake as well.
There is a lot of gossip surrounding the show as usual. Some, of course, relates to the Gwen and Blake relationship. I am sure that it has changed the dynamic behind the scenes somewhat. Through Oprah’s and other interviews, I know that the show is fairly “family” and positive energy oriented. Those with kids have felt comfortable bringing their kids. The trailers surround a “common area” filled with couch conversation set ups, access to the food that shows up on every set, and yes, I believe Blake has a full bar. 🙂
But as each season ends, there continues to be speculation that Blake and Adam are leaving. I’ll believe it when I see it. I think some of it is merely a contract negotiation tactic, some of it made up bullshit to get people to tune in. Both would be foolish to leave such a consistent source of publicity and paychecks. Blake’s career has taken off and gone mainstream because of this show. Same with Adam. Hell, my 70 something parents now know about him and Maroon 5.
Oh, one last little tidbit. The Voice has its first contestant/winner with a Grammy nomination! Cassadee Pope. Team Blake member and 3rd season winner was nominated for “Best Country Duo/Group Performance” along with Chris Young. She didn’t win, but this is a positive step forward for the Voice!
I hope you all join me in watching the FULL season of The Voice this round! If you’ve never checked out the Blinds – give it a try, even if you don’t watch every one (or you DVR and fast forward through the banter if that is what irritates you). If you like the Blinds but avoid the Battles and Knock Outs, I hope you join us this season!
The scheduling of the Blinds is a little different this season. We’ve not had the teasers that we had last season; but then NBC isn’t airing a great platform like the Olympics right now. I like that we’re going in “Blind”!
The première week is as follows, and as always on NBC:
Monday, February 27 – 8 PM to 10 PM
Tuesday, February 28 – 8 PM to 9 PM
Thursday, March 2 – 8 PM to 9 PM
It is perfect that this is all starting the night after the Oscars. I’ve been focused on the award season, and have watched a good number of the Oscar nominees. This is a perfect distraction from the day after letdown! I hope you all join me!