The Voice, a popular singing competition show, premiered its 23rd season on Monday night. Two new coaches, Niall Horan and Chance the Rapper, joined the veteran coaches Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton. Despite their fresh presence, they had to compete against Shelton, who is determined to win in his final season.
The episode began with Neil Salsich, a country rock singer, performing Hank Williams’ “Honky Tonk Blues.” His performance impressed all the coaches, including Chance, who said that he wasn’t familiar with country music, but was blown away by Salsich’s voice. Horan, who is a fan of country storytelling, believed that Shelton couldn’t tell a story as well as he could. Despite their praise, Salsich chose to be on Team Shelton.
Sorelle, a sister trio from Ohio, performed a cover of Queen’s “Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy” that won over both Chance and Shelton. Chance said that he would love to put them in a position to create harmonics that would become popular radio hits. Shelton countered by saying that they could pick him and create their own record. Chance then had Sorelle improvise a three-part harmony, which swayed them to join his team.
Ross Clayton, an Oklahoma singer, earned a four-chair turn with his performance of Keith Urban’s “Blue Ain’t Your Color.” Horan, who had yet to land a singer on his team, was determined to persuade Clayton to join him. He got out of his chair and turned the other coaches’ chairs away from Clayton, saying that he didn’t want to hear any more negativity. This tactic worked, and Clayton chose to be on Team Niall.
Noivas, a soul singer, performed a stirring acoustic rendition of Otis Redding’s “A Change is Gonna Come,” which earned him a four-chair turn. Chance compared him to a voice of this generation that deserves to be heard, while Horan likened his soulfulness to Stevie Wonder. Chance made a playful pitch, hopping from one lit-up coach’s name to another and changing them to his own, which convinced Noivas to join his team.
The premiere of The Voice’s 23rd season introduced two new coaches, Niall Horan and Chance the Rapper, who proved to be a formidable competition for the veteran coaches Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton. The episode featured talented singers who impressed all the coaches with their performances. While some singers chose to join Shelton’s or Horan’s team, Chance made a lasting impression by swaying the sisters and Noivas to join his team with his playful and engaging pitch. The upcoming episodes are sure to be full of surprises, with the new coaches bringing a fresh perspective to the show.