Season 14 of The Voice (Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV) premiered Monday night and brought with it something old, something new, and five moments that made all the bickering between Adam Levine and Blake Shelton bearable.
Joining the returning coaches are Alicia Keys, who we last saw back in Season 12, and first-time coach Kelly Clarkson. Oh-em-effing-gee, can we take a moment to praise whoever made the decision to add Kelly Clarkson as a coach? We’ve loved her in the past as a mentor, but with Clarkson now permanently in a big red chair, the show has received a breath of fresh air and one that doesn’t take any BS from Blake and Adam. We’re supposed to pick favourite singers, but so far, we only have a favourite coach and it’s Kelly Clarkson.
Also new this season is the Block, which gives all four coaches the chance to block another coach in their bid to win a singer. The Voice has always been a positive show, but it’s about to get a little dirty with the coaches and we’re okay with that.
As for the best moments of the Season 14 premiere, there were plenty, but here are our Top 5.
1990s MATT DAMON
Season 14’s first contestant was Britton Buchanan, who looks like 1990s Matt Damon and has a mom that loves scaring him on camera. We enjoyed both tidbits about his life. What we didn’t enjoy was learning the 17-year-old has never been invited to a party. Is there any way to nominate contestants for hugs? We want to give this kid a hug. Blake used the first block of the season to stop Adam from getting the teen with the booming voice, although Britton picked Alicia over Blake. We kinda feel like Blake didn’t care as long as Adam didn’t get Britton. It’s gonna be a long season we these two. Thank goodness the singing is great.
THE VOICE LANDS ITS YOUNGEST SINGER SO FAR
On Season 13 of The Voice, the teens seemed to dominate much of the competition, so it’s no surprise that the first two singers who got chair turns in Season 14 were too young to vote. The youngest contestant so far this season, 14-year-old Brynn Cartelli, was described by Adam as having a voice “like a 36-year-old who’s been through it.” True. After getting the promise from Kelly that they could win together, Brynn chose the Idol alum and received the first Kelly Clarkson Season 14 jersey. Keep that for an eBay auction in case the music thing doesn’t work out, Brynn. That shirt could probably pay for one year of college tuition.
RAYSHUN LAMARR MAKES EVERYONE CRY
Having an audition video that includes tears is usually a surefire way to get on The Voice, and when it came to 33-year-old Rayshun LaMarr he earned his tears. After being diagnosed with lymphoma and losing his voice and his hearing, the singer is now cancer-free and has regained his faculties. It was kind of weird to hear Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin” as a song that helped LaMarr get through cancer and not a track that signals last call at a bar, but damn, that song is inspiring! Rayshun got a chair turn from Adam and Alicia, who were surprised that he wasn’t white, and Kelly, who was surprised by all the tears streaming down her face. Us too, Kelly. #RayshunNation made the decision to go with Team Adam, because he wants a coach who will make him better. At least, we think that’s what he said. Seriously, there was a lot of crying on our end.
WYNONNA JUDD WINS FOR BLAKE
Kyla Jade is a 33-year-old singer who most recently toured with Jennifer Hudson, even performing back up for Hudson on the Season 12 finale of The Voice. So yeah, we were expecting some serious pipes. After telling the camera that she picked Aretha Franklin to cover because Kelly covered Aretha on ‘that other show,’ (we know what show), it seemed like a sure thing that Kyla would pick Kelly over Blake. Shockingly, she did not. Her reasoning? Kyla began her career in country singing backup for Wynonna Judd, so Wynonna = Country = Blake Shelton. At least, we think that’s where she was going with her explanation. It’s the unexpected coach picks that we love the most.
We got pretty used to Miley Cyrus pulling the ‘Dolly Parton is my godmother’ card on Season 13 of The Voice, but we may never get used to Kelly Clarkson reminding contestants that Reba McIntyre is her mother in law. There’s a dance that goes with the family tree. That’s how you win a singing competition, y’all!
— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) February 27, 2018
Standings After Night 1
Alicia Keys: 2 Artists
Blake Shelton: 2 Artists
Kelly Clarkson: 3 Artists
Adam Levine: 2 Artists