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A whole new season of NBC’s “The Voice” is right around the corner.

And, with two fresh, new faces coming into the mix, it’s bound to be fierce!

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As previously reported, pop icon Miley Cyrus and Grammy-winning superstar, Alicia Keys will be taking over the roles of former coaches Christina Aguilera and Pharrell Williams. This will be the first time that two women will coach on the reality competition series alongside the veteran, bromance buddies of Blake Shelton and Adam Levine. Needless to say, the changes have Blake feeling a tad nervous.

“I don’t know that we’ve ever had a shake-up like this,” said Blake during a behind-the-scenes interview with ScreenSlam, “I have no idea what to expect whatsoever. You’ve got two incredibly talented people, but they also happen to be these larger-than-life female, dominant personalities, too.”

He then added, “I’m a little bit intimidated. I’m afraid. I’m just going to tell you that right now.”

Miley and Alicia have already proven that they’re bringing in some true competitive spirits ahead of the upcoming televised program. During a special preview of the show, which aired on Aug. 21, Team Miley reeled in talented hopeful Darby Walker, while Team Alicia claimed contestant Wé McDonald.

“She’s going to try to play the Nashville country card on me,” said Blake regarding Miley. “I hope she’s not over confident because Nashville’s still my corner of this show and if she thinks that she’s just going to take these artists from me without a fight she’s got another thing coming.”


As for Alicia, Blake says that she’d be a hard person to turn down for the new, talented hopefuls.


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“I got to say that if I was an artist and got four chairs to turn it would be hard for me not to pick Alicia Keys as my coach, because she’s just… she’s incredible,” said Blake.

Season 11 of “The Voice” premieres at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 19 on NBC.

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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