Blake Shelton gets called out for being a “secret villain” on “The Voice” Getty Images/Ethan Miller
Getty Images/Ethan Miller

It won’t be long before another season of NBC’s “The Voice” returns, so the coaches are currently doing the best they can to try and come up with new ideas and strategies in hopes of taking home the next win. Sometimes that even includes a little trash talking about each other.

Alicia Keys, who will take up a red chair during season 14 alongside longtime coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine, as well as newbie Kelly Clarkson, is mostly concerned about beating Blake, who currently reigns as the coach with the most wins on the show. (He now has six triumphs under his belt.)

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Despite having the disadvantage with fewer wins and much less experience on the show, Alicia is hopeful that she’ll defeat the country crooner again, just as she did with her champion team member Chris Blue during season 12.

“[Blake] was just so crushed that I beat him so thoroughly when I did, ya know,” a confident Alicia, who has called on Shawn Mendes to be her celebrity adviser, told “Entertainment Tonight.” “I hope to experience that again. I have to come back and put him in his place.”

As fans know, Blake met and fell in love with former “The Voice” co-star Gwen Stefani during the series. But just because he grew feelings for the pop star doesn’t mean he’s mellowed out with his competitiveness. In fact, Alicia revealed that he still competes just as hard as he did before he found romance on the show.

“No one can save him. He’s un-saveable,” the 15-time Grammy Award winner joked of Blake. “He is slightly crazy right until the end. Like, it’s at the end that he starts to become this secret villain that’s trying to win it all.”

This season will mark Alicia’s third as a coach, and she has certainly found her rhythm. During her time on season 12, she faced off against Blake, Adam and Miley Cyrus. At the time, she and fellow Miley openly praised each other’s talents, despite being rivals.

Alicia now says that she’ll carry over that same girl power mentality with Kelly.

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“We are just genuinely supportive of each other,” Alicia explained. “She’s such a magnificent — what a crazy, amazing, beautiful voice … and person. It’s all that in there, plus she’s kind of silly like me, so I think we really get along just in a super natural way.”

Fans can tune into season 14 of “The Voice” when it premiers on Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. ET 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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