‘The Voice’ is gearing up to kick off its 11th season. While the format of the show and two of its judges have stayed the same. two of the infamous red chairs seem to have a revolving door. Since the show’s inception in 2011, eight acts have taken turns in the chairs not occupied by veteran coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine.
This season, pop stars Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys will be joining the coaching panel, the first time in the show’s history that two females have done so. In a recent interview, country crooner and long-time ‘Voice’ coach Blake Shelton admits that the recent changes have him nervous.
“I don’t know that we’ve ever had a shake-up like this,” said Blake. “I have no idea what to expect whatsoever. You’ve got two incredibly talented people, but they also happen to be these larger-than-life female, dominant personalities, too.”
He then admitted, “I’m a little bit intimidated. I’m afraid. I’m just going to tell you that right now.”
A special preview of the upcoming season aired August 21. In the footage, both Keys and Cyrus make it clear that they mean business as both women claimed their first contestants.
“She’s going to try to play the Nashville country card on me,” Blake said of Miley. “I hope she’s not over confident because Nashville’s still my corner of this show and if she thinks that she’s just going to take these artists from me without a fight she’s got another thing coming.”
What does Blake think of Alicia Keys?
“I got to say that if I was an artist and got four chairs to turn it would be hard for me not to pick Alicia Keys as my coach, because she’s just… she’s incredible,” said Blake.
Season 11 of “The Voice” premieres at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 19 on NBC.
Watch Blake Shelton’s interview with ScreenSlam below.
Receive daily updates with the best country music videos, news, and more!