‘The Voice’ returns for its 15th season with young talent and an exciting announcement!
Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, whose brotherly chemistry is stronger than ever and mixes perfectly with both Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson’s energy.
MEAWW got invited to an early screening of ‘The Voice’ season 15 premiere along with a Q&A with executive producer Audrey Morrissey and season 14 winner Brynn Cartelli, and the afternoon did not disappoint. Coach Kelly Clarkson (and winner of last season) is back and ready to find another star, she has also been extremely instrumental in Cartelli’s career since winning the show. Jennifer Hudson, on the other hand, is also back and is more prepared than she has ever been before, snagging some of the best voices in the competition.
Then there’s also, of course, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, whose brotherly chemistry is stronger than ever and mixes perfectly with both Clarkson and Hudson’s energy.
Every season producers try to shake up the format of the show. Last season there was the block button, which stops a judge from being eligible to turn for a contestant and was epically used on Levine stopping him from turning for season 14 runner-up Britton Buchanan. While the block button is still in full effect this season, there is another addition to the show that completely changes the game.
Every season there are a few contestants that just barely don’t make the show. Often times a coach was seconds away from turning, but something stopped them. This season ‘The Voice’ is giving those performers another chance on country superstar Kelsea Ballerini’s 'Comeback Stage.' It will be the show’s first digital series, and after America votes on the top two of this group, they will battle it out in the battle rounds, and one will join the rest of the cast for live shows with the opportunity to win it all.
Aside from the very exciting addition of ‘The Comeback Stage,’ the first episode of season 15 was certainly memorable with some of the best (and youngest) talent we have ever seen on the show. It was two teenage girls, specifically, that blew the coaches and audience away, 15-year-old Sarah Grace and 13-year-old Kennedy Holmes.
Grace has the voice and the soul of a performer wise beyond her years. Clarkson and Hudson fought for the teen from Texas, but Clarkson is the one that ended up snagging the exquisite and unique voice that is sure to last in this competition.
The only four-chair turn of the evening was for 13-year-old (yes that’s right 13!) Kennedy Holmes. When a contestant covers an Adele song in their audition, it rarely goes well. However, after Holmes hit the stage, it was clear in a matter of seconds that this young girl is a powerhouse and potentially the next winner of ‘The Voice.’ It might be early to make such a strong statement and is a little less likely since last year’s winner was also a young teen, but this girl certainly has a chance.
After the premiere screening, MEAWW was able to speak with season 14 winner Cartelli, who expanded on her relationship with her coach from last season Clarkson, and how she is helping her career moving forward.
“Kelly has reached over any expectation I could have ever had. She has kind of taken me in like family, and I honestly could not thank her enough. Her husband is now my manager, so I am so involved in her family. She took me to the ‘Today’ show and we went shopping afterward, we went to lunch, we bonded and then she took me in as her date to the Radio Disney Music Awards. She has inspired me in so many ways since I was little and the fact that she still believes in me, and wants to take me on tour with her. I know how much this album means to her, so the fact that she’s taking me with her is incredible, and I’m so excited to further our relationship even though she is already like my second mom.”
So yes, the secret is out! Brynn Cartelli will be joining Kelly Clarkson and Kelsea Ballerini on 'The Meaning Of Life Tour' next year! Season 15 of ‘The Voice’ will air every Monday and Tuesday at 8 pm CST.