Blake Shelton opened up about how new coach Nick Jonas has thrown The Voice into “chaos” by joining the panel for Season 18. The country star spoke about Nick replacing his girlfriend Gwen Stefani on the show for the new season, which will debut on NBC February 24, as he admitted the Jonas Brother has brought a whole new dynamic to the show.
Blake made the confession during a new interview with Entertainment Tonight Canada, where he confessed that he spent much of the Blind Audition rounds — which were filmed last year — trying to work out Nick’s game plan.
“Season 18 of The Voice is chaos,” the “God’s Country” singer shared, “because we’ve added a coach who’s taken us all a little bit off guard.”
“Nick Jonas has come and he’s got this aura about him,” the country star continued, calling the newbie a “killer” during the Blind Audition stages.
It sounds like the “Sucker” singer hasn’t been exactly shy during his rookie season. Blake said the star has dramatically changed the competition compared to last year, when Blake and Gwen joined Kelly Clarkson and John Legend. Both Kelly and John are returning for Season 18.
“It completely changes the competition into a different dynamic,” Blake said, shortly after a new promo video surfaced online that showed him planting a big kiss on an unimpressed Nick’s cheek.
Despite the twosome trading a few playful insults — mainly coming from Blake’s direction — over the past few months, Blake actually had nothing but praise for the 27-year-old in the new interview.
He gave a whole lot of kudos to Nick for his successes both in a band and as a solo artist. He also pointed out that the singer has grown up in the spotlight, which means he’s experienced a lot of different things that will help him be a good coach.
“The vibe for this season has been a lot of fun because we’re trying to figure out Nick and what his angle’s going to be,” Blake said.
“Is he beatable as a coach? We’re learning all this stuff as we go and you’ll see that during the Blind Auditions.”
Blake also gave fans a sneak peek at how the other coaches have been doing, as he revealed Kelly had a potentially rough time during the Blinds this year.
The singer confessed that the “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” singer sometimes struggled to get people on her team, which he joked left her feeling a little “depressed” and him “very happy.”