Blake Shelton planted a smooch on new The Voice coach Nick Jonas in a recent sneak peek at Season 18 of the popular talent search. In a preview video showing what’s to come in the upcoming Blind Audition stages — which will debut on NBC later this month — Blake and the newbie could be seen getting pretty close, as the country star hazed the Jonas Brothers singer.
The all-new preview, which can be seen via USA Today, shows this season’s coaching panel — which also includes Kelly Clarkson and John Legend — as they have a whole lot of fun while searching for the next singing superstar.
Blake, who’s now the only coach to have appeared on every single season, took it upon himself to tease the 27-year-old “Sucker” singer as the two went head-to-head.
“You blew me away. I wrote ‘star,'” Nick told one contestant as he pointed to his notepad.
“So you could remember?” Blake quipped as he poked some fun at Nick. “[Hope] I don’t forget this, ‘star,'” he added.
“So it begins…” Nick playfully snapped back at the jab with a smile on his face. The two then quickly made up, however, in a very sweet moment between the two musicians.
In the same clip, Blake — who recently opened up about a hilarious “butt grab” he got from fellow country star Keith Urban — urged fans to “give it up” for the new coach with a round of applause.
“So we’re friends now?” Nick asked.
“Of course we’re friends!” the “God’s Country” singer replied, before Nick went in for a big hug that probably didn’t end quite in the way he expected.
Blake playfully nuzzled Nick’s neck as he got in closer, then gave the former Disney star a full blown kiss on the cheek.
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Nick playfully pushed the country star away and wiped his cheek with his hand, all while still maintaining the big smile on his face.
“Never go in for a hug,” fellow coach Kelly then jokingly warned him, as she looked on from her own spinning red chair.
Following Adam Levine’s departure from the show last year, it seems as though Blake has found a new frenemy to trade jibes with.
The country star has already been getting a few quips in when it comes to the new coach before Season 18 has even begun to air. He previously joked in a recent interview, alongside his mentor Bebe Rexa, that he thought Nick and returning coach Kelly were the two worst coaches the show has ever seen.
The Voice Season 18 will debut on NBC February 24.