Just years after adding the battle rounds and saves, The Voice is shaking things up once again with a whole new element to the already intensely competitive show. For season 14 of the NBC hit show, coaches will have the opportunity to block their fellow coaches from a promising contestant shares host Carson Daly in a video posted by the competition giant.
Here’s how it works: If new coach Kelly Clarkson loves an aspiring singer and fears that Blake Shelton could turn around and steal them from her team, she can hit the new “Block” button on her chair to keep Shelton from having a chance to win them over. Shelton won’t know he’s blocked until he hits his button and turns around to see the walkway display that declares him as such.
The buttons can only be used during the blind auditions and fans can only imagine the competition back and forth between the four coaches. Each coach only has one block and only one block can be used per audition, Daly explains.
In addition to the game change and “Block” buttons, the coaches will find themselves in brand new chairs. The updated seats will feature hand-sculpted aluminum shells, metallic automobile paint finishes and 1,400 LED lights with 16 million color options.
Season 14 of The Voice returns on February 26, starring coaches Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Alicia Keys and first-timer Kelly Clarkson.