Blake Shelton talks about the super power he plans to use on “The Voice” Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File
FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2016 file photo, Blake Shelton performs on NBC's "Today" show at Rockefeller Plaza in New York. Shelton apologized on Twitter for offending people with his language, but denied being hateful after several old tweets referencing gays and non-English speakers surfaced online. Screenshots of years-old tweets posted on his Twitter account, which he controls, prompted criticism online that “The Voice” judge was sexist to women and stereotyping gay people and non-English speakers. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

If you’ve been waiting all year long to watch NBC’s “The Voice,” you can now rest easy, because the reality television competition series will be back in full force on Monday, Feb. 26.

As you may know, pop superstar Kelly Clarkson will be rounding out the panel of judges that also includes Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Alicia Keys. And even though Kelly is new to the judging panel, she already has plans to do something crazy when show contestants make an impression on her.

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If you recall, Jennifer Hudson, who sat in a red chair during season 13, threw a shoe at artists who struck a chord with her. Now, it sounds like Kelly is taking a similar approach.

“She said she was going to take off her earrings to somebody when we are on the show,” fellow coach Alicia told “Entertainment Tonight” of the “Love So Soft” singer, during a sit down interview with all four season 14 judges. “She’s like country hood.”

Speaking of being “country hood,” it sounds like Kelly isn’t taking any chances when it comes to competing against country crooner Blake.

“We just went right for the jugular,” she said of her rivalry with Blake.

The two stars actually go way back, as Kelly is married to Blake’s longtime manager, Brandon Blackstock. And, when asked whether or not she thinks her husband will be rooting for her team over Blake’s team, Kelly said, “He’s on both. But I put out.”

“Give me a break,” Blake reacted. “I don’t even have a manager when she’s on this show.”

Too funny!

Aside from Kelly and Blake’s rivalry, fans should watch for the competition between the “I’ll Name The Dogs” singer and his bromance buddy, Adam. This season, the show has incorporated a new block button, where coaches can prevent a co-star from adding a new artist on their team. So you can bet that Blake is taking full advantage of that new feature, even though each coach can only use it once.


“I like to block. I won’t give away who I used mine on, but I can’t stand him,” Blake, who currently reigns as the coach with the most wins, said in reference to the Maroon 5 frontman.

And, when his block button doesn’t come in handy, “People” magazine’s 2017 “Sexiest Man Alive” goes with plan B. He uses his insanely good looks to get contestants on his team.


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“It’s like [having] super powers,” Blake joked. “I don’t even have to talk when I hit my button when I’m around.”

“The Voice” kicks off with a two-hour episode Monday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. So, will you be watching this season? If so, which coach are you rooting for? Let us know in the comments.

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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