Superstar coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams are back as an all new season of NBC’s “The Voice.” The show premieres Monday, September 21 and Tuesday Septembr 22 with fresh talent looking for a chair to run during the blind auditions. Each artist hopes to conquer the knockout rounds before heading to the live shows. With Carson Daly back as the host, he and the coaches chatted with the press on a number of topics, including how the contestants are inspiring the coaches in their own careers.
Here’s what you can expect this season:
Brand new red chairs!
The coaches have brand new chairs this season, although only the dedicated expert eyes would be able to stop one out of a line up.
The chairs will be getting a lot of action this season as the coaches press the buttons for who they want.
** Inspired coaches and some exciting, well deserved 4 chair turns.
Pharrell Williams, who won season 8 coaching young folk singer Sawyer Fredricks, loves that the show allows him (and his fellow judges) to connect with the other artists who share the same ambitions as us,” the Grammy winning artist and producer told Examiner at a Press Day held during the blind audition phase last month. “It allows us to do something that is deeply rooted in music where music is…and it also exposes you to different styles, different voices, people with different vibes and of course different genres of music. It’s a gift that they call this work because it’s not really work. It’s a labor of love, you get to love what you do every day. The one thing that created report and familiarity all at once is a shared ambition – music.
** Superstar mentors, Brad Paisley for Blake, Selena Gomez, Missy Elliot and John Fogerthy along with Rhianna as the mentor for all four coaches for the knock rounds.
“Missy is the quintessential artist,”said Williams of his mentor. “She does what she wants to do. She’s brilliant Black female is owed many accolades not just in music but in creativity. Her willingness to exercise creative license at the drop of a dime is unmatched. The people on my team are going to learn a lot from her.”
Shelton feels the same way about his mentor, Brad Paisley, who was instrumental in helping him get his career off the ground.
“I’ve known Brad for years now and when he first came out, he became a superstar quickly and I didn’t,” Shelton joked. “He was always somebody I looked up to and he was also someone to learn on. I toured with him and I know him that way that mentor side of him so I knew he would be good.
## Amazing talents of all genres and ages.
“Every season, we are met with interesting artists, the are those anomalists,” Williams said. “People who look one way and with don’t sound that way when we turn around. A girl of Chinese descent who sings a gospel song in a way where you turn around and you are like, “whoa, I did not expect that. They are not stereotypical packages.”
Sawyer Fredrericks, who was last season’s 15 year old champion, is working on an album. Coach Pharrell is aware of the project but wouldn’t elaborate, saying that “he may or may not be involved in what [Fredericks] is doing.
On how the coaches, like Adam and Blake are able to keep the show fresh and not routine, despite having sat in the chair for nine straight seasons in five years.
“I feel I’ve gotten better at it,” Levine admits. “I think I’ve learned to know what mistakes you don’t want to make. It’s a skill, it’s a really weird skill that I think you… that I think was kind of invented by ‘The Voice.’ There aren’t too many mentor based shows. Even with American Idol is different. The dynamic was different between the judges and the contestants. This is like more…we’re coaching them and trying to make them succeed on a very intimate basis, whether helping them with their vocals or just helping them with who they are. It’s always fun and informative for me because I always learn from them. “
** The classic banter and friendly competition between the coaches that is one of the continued highlights of the show, primarily the bromance between Blake and Adam.
“Winning “The Voice” for the coaches is fun,” Adam said. “But being super honest, we don’t really care who wins. It’s awesome fun.
Gwen Stefani returned with her signature “Team Gwen “ T-Shirts to give to the members of her team. Adam and Blake tried their hardest to recruit for any team besides Team Adam orTeam Blake even when they had no contestant to fight for. The move benefitted Stefani greatly who is clearly more comfortable fighting for an artist against good friend and frequent collaborator, Williams.
“It’s hard to pick one person who inspired me the most, “said Gwen when asked about working with the artists and fellow coaches.
“The experience is really what inspires me. I was shocked that they asked me to do the show and never did I think I would do something like this. It didn’t seem like my thing. It was just a crazy move that I decided to do it. Something things happen in your life that are meant to be and you don’t even realizes until afterward why. For me it was…it helped me to see music in a different way. It helped me feel fresh again. I was just so inspired in different ways that I didn’t even know how I was going to feel. This time coming back, I know that so it’s even more exciting because I know what I’m getting into. I’m around all this music, I’m the middle of making a record, and it’s just so cool.”
** Emotional interview moments and package pieces
Carson Daly shared how he helps the contestants emotionally when they are so hopeful during the audition but no chairs turn around.
[When no chairs turn around] I sort of look forward to it and dread it as the same time as a host around here, I’d treat it like, and I like to think that I’m having a party in my house. I think a good host is somebody who makes sure that everybody who is in the confines around where you are is comfortable. You know, walk around and go ‘Did you need something from the bar. A host makes people feel comfortable and for whatever reason no chairs turn around, it’s hard to be there emotionally. It’s a TV show but we take our responsibility very seriously, so… I try you be organic with it, how I would be in real life. “
Daly is happy that the show has been able to maintain its standard of recruiting the best of the best talent for the blinds.
“It’s been great,” Daly said of auditioning season 9’s talent. The host will often drive out into the field to meet a contestant and invite them to try out for the show. “The minute we won the Emmy [for Outstanding Reality Competition Show], it opened up the floodgates. We’ve also made no bones about, we don’t mind if you had a moment in your time where you were signed to a manger. Success is up and down and comebacks are great so we go to music centric places like Austin, LA, New York and Dallas. People has accepted that “The Voice” is really the show to go to if you really want to make a …real singers.”
Take a sneak peek at one the premiere episode’s four chair turns with contestant Barrett Baber on the video on this page,
To give you an idea at how fast the show moves, Season 10 of “The Voice” starts shooting in October.
Catch the two-hour premiere of season 9 of “The Voice,” airing Monday, September 21 on NBC.