Review: There's a New Sheriff in Countrytown on 'The Voice'
Now that the Winter Olympics are over, people are ready for entertainment of a different sort. "The Voice" returned for Season 14 on Monday with Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Alisha Keys and new coach Kelly Clarkson, and 12.2 million viewers were happy about that.
Now that "American Idol" has been rebooted and is set to air March 11, "The Voice" won't have a monopoly on TV talent singing shows. The jury is still out as to whether "American Idol" will steal viewers from "The Voice," but we do remember when "The Voice" began airing seven years ago, it was the beginning of the end for "American Idol."
NBC isn't taking any chances and has added a new element this season. "The Voice" coaches now have a "block" button that allows them to block another coach from getting a singer. It can only be used once during the season. Keys strategically used this to block Shelton from getting country singer Justin Kilgore from Austin, Texas, who sang Chris Young's song "Tomorrow." Keys ended up with Kilgore on her team. Much to the displeasure of Shelton, her strategy worked.
Clarkson looks to be someone who could gives Shelton a run for his money. She told the "Mayor of Countrytown" that there was a new sheriff in town who was just as country as he was. They may trade more jabs than Shelton does with his other sparring partner, Levine.
Speaking of Levine, Shelton wasted no time pouncing on him for his shirt choice, but he may want to be careful since Levine still hasn't used his block. It's probably a good summation that he will wait for the right time to use it on Shelton.
"The Voice" is on Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. on NBC.