NBC’s The Voice is set to return for new season with a fresh look (and fresh talent-show hijinks), as Blake Shelton and pals bring a new celebrity coach on board.
Returning to primetime TV on September 20, this go-around will mark 21st season of The Voice since its 2011 debut, as the search for undiscovered vocal mastery continues. Longtime coaches Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend will once again lead that quest, but they’ll likely have stiff competition from a newcomer to the show — pop superstar Ariana Grande. She’ll occupy one of the show’s famous red swiveling chairs every Monday and Tuesday night, joining the fun with more info about celebrity mentors to come.
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Breaking the news via social media, The Voice’s Instagram page captioned a new graphic “Excited is an understatement,” and that sentiment was echoed by fans and coaches alike. Both Legend and Clarkson got an early start on lobbying fans for their votes, replying to the post with team hashtags. While over on Twitter, Grande made a bold rookie-season prediction.
“Ariana’s team will be winning,” she posted, along with a GIF of rap star Drake
Blake Shelton has yet to weigh in with his expectations for the new season, but he’s got plenty of reason to be confident. Season 20 of The Voice wrapped up in May with Team Blake’s Cam Anthony crowned the winner, marking Shelton’s second team victory in the last three seasons. Meanwhile, the show as a whole continues its talent-format success, scoring a 2021 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Competition Program.