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THE VOICE Season 14: Britton Buchanan’s Audition Inspires the First Block

February 22, 2018 by  

THE VOICE — “Blind Auditions” — Pictured: (l-r) Adam Levine, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

THE VOICE season 14 is adding a twist to the blind auditions: the steal.

The coaches have never refrained from pulling any trick at their disposal to woo a contestant to their team, but now they each have one block at their disposal to use during the blind auditions. However, it has to be utilized wisely—they need to block their fellow coach before the potentially-blocked coach turns their chair; if they try to block them and the coach never turns, the blocker gets it back to use later. The blocked coach only learns they’ve been blocked when they see the bright red “BLOCKED” where their name normally lights up post-chair turn.

“We love the block,” THE VOICE executive producer Audrey Morrissey told reporters after a screening of the premiere. “We always look for elements we can add…[to] change up the dynamic of the show. And we were thinking about the competition: we’ve never really had an offensive defensive move. So we came up with the block.”

There are some natural uses for the block (including in the audition below), but “it was incredible to see how it played out: when people used it, how they used it, and it really sort of speaks to the real competition,” Morrissey continued. “These people hear a good voice, they want them for their teams. It worked out really well.”

In the first audition clip from Season 14, Britton Buchanan sings “Trouble” for Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys, and new coach Kelly Clarkson and the block gets utilized. Unfortunately for the blocked coach, they don’t realize what happened…

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