It’s time to seat dance and swivel with our favorite judges in those big red chairs once again. Season 19 of The Voice premiered on Monday, October 19, and judges Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Gwen Stefani returned, though things looked a little different amid the coronavirus pandemic.
There’s now a virtual audience, and most of the contestants’ families have to watch auditions virtually as well. Not to mention, the coaches need to keep their distance from the performers. That said, they’re are already making the best of it. For example, Blake has life-size cardboard cutouts of himself for his team members to take home, Kelly has her signature Team Kelly coats on standby in a closet, Gwen has a Team Gwen T-shirt cannon and John has a fake hand on a stick to “shake” hands with his contestants. Clever!
Blake is the longest-standing coach and has been around since the beginning. He’s the only judge to appear on every single season of the show. As for John, he was back for his fourth time while Kelly returned for her sixth stint as a coach. Gwen appeared periodically over the years — seasons 7, 9, 12 and 17, to be exact — but replaced Nick Jonas for season 19.
Season 18 was a lot different due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and the finale was live-streamed from the homes of the coaches and performers. However, host Carson Daly noted the talent of the finalists superseded the confetti and buzz that a typical finale would bring.
“I think it doesn’t really matter, like, how much stuff we blow up,” the former TRL host explained on May 18, 2020. “We have five great finalists, and winning the show really is life-changing, so I think watching the excitement of one of these five finalists and their families, you know, jump up and down and be excited is really the only winning moment that matters. We’ll have the heart of it, for sure.”
That’s not to say the typical format wasn’t missed. Kelly confessed that first-time coach Nick missed a bit of the team bonding due to social distancing measures.
“The one thing I will say that has been a bummer, especially for Nick, this being his first season, is there’s a lot of fun in the lives when the energy in there, you’re all in the room together,” Kelly explained. “That kind of camaraderie comes across not only on camera, but with us, and it helps us have a good time … I’m a little bummed for him that he didn’t get to feel that, you know, with us, but that’s not to say he won’t.”
All in all, season 18 was still one for the books, but there has been a long line of seriously talented artists who have won throughout the years.
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