At one point Monday through the season 14 premiere of “The Voice,” Adam Levine was so excited that he dropped to the bottom and pretended to make snow angels.
Alicia Keys and Kelly Clarkson were similarly ecstatic.
The reason why: Because of a fresh twist allowing the celebrity coaches to block each other from competing for several singers through the blind auditions, Blake Shelton was barred from wanting to persuade a powerhouse country singer to become listed on his team.
“I won’t even be mad if you don’t opt for me personally,” Levine told contestant Justin Kilgore. “Because a very important factor I know for certain that you can’t do is choose Blake.”
Kilgore chose Clarkson, as did Molly Stevens, another talented country vocalist, through the second fifty percent of the premiere on Wednesday.
“People believe if you’re country upon this show, that (only) Blake will help you, but that’s not true,” Clarkson said. The other instructors also attempted to get Stevens to visit with Clarkson – and basked in Shelton’s disappointment.
Shelton joked about his deficits on Twitter, but he could have been genuinely frustrated.
The gang-up on Shelton wasn’t arbitrary; it was payback of types: The united states megastar has received the show six times (four of these with country performers).
Shelton is a large pull for aspiring Nashville performers, but his fellow “Tone of voice” instructors frequently vent about devoid of a go with great country performers because those contestants typically choose Shelton through the blind audition process.
The other coaches also battle to lead their associates to victory because country singers have a great chance of which makes it far on the show.
“The Tone of voice” is often criticized for not producing stars, however the country acts who’ve won – Cassadee Pope, Danielle Bradbery, Craig Wayne Boyd, Sundance Head – typically fare much better than winners from other genres.
At a recently available country-radio meeting in Nashville, when asked why country contestants do this well on “The Tone of voice,” the Swon Brothers (who positioned third in season four) responded simply: “Blake Shelton.”
“We got his contact number. We have remained at his house. We’ve hunted at his house. There’s an individual connection – he will go far beyond,” Colton Swon said. “He’s been like a huge brother.”
Shelton’s Music City connections have helped other associates, too.
For instance, he gave Craig Wayne Boyd (winner of season seven in 2014) a track he’d been protecting for his own catalog.
Because Shelton may actively support a contestant’s profession, he is an attractive choice for auditioners. The show’s suppliers certainly realize as much and work to amp in the episode.
This past year, for example, the producers played up Miley Cyrus’s quest tos master Shelton and win with a country singer. (It backfired.)
This season, the coaches are banding together to avoid Shelton from hoarding all the Nashville hopefuls.
“I blocked Blake,” Keys said triumphantly through the premiere. “I did so what I’ve been looking forward to!”