The four-time Emmy Award-winning "The Voice" returns with the strongest vocalists from across the country invited to compete on the blockbuster vocal competition show's new season. EGOT winner and multi-talented musician, actor, singer and songwriter John Legend makes his debut as a coach this season. Coming off her second consecutive win on Season 15 - this time with a country artist - three-time Grammy Award winner and musical icon Kelly Clarkson returns alongside lovable veterans Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, as well as host Carson Daly.
The show's innovative format features five stages of competition, beginning with the Blind Auditions, then the Battle Rounds, Knockouts, Playoffs and the Live Performance Shows.
Returning this season is the "block," which adds another layer of excitement during the Blind Auditions. Each of the recently redesigned coach chairs has an extra set of buttons with the names of the other three coaches. The block button prevents a coach from adding a new artist to their team. The coaches can only use their block buttons on one artist for the entire first round of the competition. When a coach hits the block button with the name of one of the other three coaches, the coach who hit it automatically turns around. A "blocked" coach only discovers they have been blocked if they try to select an artist for their team. The blocked coach's chair will still turn, but instead of their lane lighting up with their name, it says "BLOCKED." If the coach doesn't press their button to choose that artist, the block is still available for another audition.