Blake Shelton is getting ready to begin Season 14 of The Voice and he couldn’t have enjoyed his time more. While Shelton gets ready for another year in the red chair, the country crooner opened up about his time on the hit singing competition and how music saved his life.
Ahead of the Season 14 premiere of The Voice, Shelton talked about how pretty much everything he does revolves around music. The country star even went as far to say that music saved his life multiple times and he wouldn’t be where he is without it.
“Music has been a gift on a lot of different levels for me, whether it was singing, songwriting, the instruments, producers…I was just fascinated with music,” Shelton shared. “It truly did, at some points in my life, it saved my life.”
Shelton also described his work on The Voice and how much he loves interacting with all the different artists. Shelton praised the show for allowing all the coaches to work with the artists on an individual level and help them improve their talents.
And while Shelton has won it all a few times, he’s keeping his eye out on Alicia Keys, who took home the gold in Season 12. He’s also a bit wary about newcomer Kelly Clarkson, who also happens to be one of his good friends.
Shelton, of course, is still riding high from last season’s win. The country star beat his fellow coaches when Chloe Kohanski won it all in Season 13. It’ll take a lot for Shelton — who has won the show six times — to repeat last year’s performance, but it sounds like he’s already off to a great start.
Although Shelton is already forming a game plan for the new season, Clarkson isn’t the only new feature in Season 14.
The Voice is introducing a brand-new chair that will make the competition even more heated. In Season 14, each coach will have the opportunity to block a fellow coach from landing an artist via a special button on each chair. The only catch is that each coach can only use the block once per audition, so you cannot block somebody every time.
Even still, having the ability to block their co-stars should make things interesting, especially when it comes to Shelton’s playful rivalry with Adam Levine.
In addition to the new buttons, Carson Daly revealed that each chair has been completely renovated for a new look. The seats now come equipped with aluminum shells and a chrome finish, complete with 1,400 LEDs that feature over 16 million color varieties.
They also have temperature settings and new cupholders to satisfy Blake Shelton’s need to drink on the set. And if things don’t go his way, those cupholders will likely get a lot of use over the next few months.
The Voice is set to return to NBC on February 26.