THE VOICE is back for another edition of aspiring singers vying to be the competition's winner.
For the show's 23rd season, Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson make their return to the judges' panel.
Who are The Voice judges 2023?
The coaches for The Voice's 23rd season are:
- Blake Shelton
- Kelly Clarkson
- Chance the Rapper
- Niall Horan
Blake Shelton is the only judge to be featured in all 23 seasons of The Voice.
This is Blake's last season with the hit reality competition program.
On October 11, 2022, the country music star took to Instagram to announce his decision to leave the series.
At the time, he revealed: "I've been wrestling with this for a while and I've decided that it's time for me to step away from The Voice after next season.
"It's been a hell of a ride over these 12 years of chair turns and I want to thank everyone at The Voice from NBC, every producer, the writers, musicians, crew, and catering people, you are the best.
"I have to give a huge shout to the singers—the 'Voices,' who come on this stage season after season and amaze us with their talent, and a special thanks to those who chose me to be their coach.
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"Lastly, it's about y'all, the fans, who watch and support these artists, us coaches, and everyone at The Voice who are chasing our dreams. It would not happen without you!"
After taking a hiatus from the series during the previous season, Kelly Clarkson is back on the panel.
Ahead of her return to The Voice, the GRAMMY Award winner expressed she would "maybe" like to see someone from her friend Blake's team win as a proper send-off.
"Will I go any easier on Blake knowing it's his last season? Do you know me at all? No!" Kelly told NBC Insider.
"Do I hope secretly that he wins his last season? Maybe…
"But am I going to let him have it? No! I'm going to work for my artists, and I hope they win!"
While Blake and Kelly are no strangers to The Voice's judging table, they are joined by newcomers Chance the Rapper and Niall Horan.
"I wanted to be a Coach on The Voice because I like giving platforms to young Artists—especially people who are already seasoned in their trade and know what they’re doing but just need the right spotlight. I wanted to be a part of the process," Chance explained to the above-mentioned outlet.
"I think my biggest competition amongst the coaches is probably Kelly 'cause she’s a seasoned vet. She’s won a bunch of times and people just gravitative towards her ‘cause they know she’s been in a competition. She’s mega-famous."
Similar to Chance, Niall thinks Kelly is his biggest competition as well.
The One Direction alum commented: "My biggest competition this year is definitely Kelly. We have very similar tastes in music and the same kind of taste in voices.
"Yeah, I think she's going to be a massive threat to me. But you never know, I could win the thing."
When did Reba McEntire join The Voice?
For the first time since The Voice's first season, Reba McEntire is back on the show 12 years after she made her debut as Blake's battle advisor.
This time, Reba serves as the competition's first mega mentor.
Reba's return is a full-circle moment for the program, it was revealed she was actually the executives' first pick when they were discussing the addition of a country star to the panel during the development stages.
At a press conference, Blake shared: "If I'm not mistaken, they wanted Reba to be a coach on The Voice first.
"For whatever reason, she couldn't do it, or they just decided it wasn't the thing for her at the time."
How can I watch The Voice?
The Voice's 23rd season premieres on March 6, 2023.
That Monday, viewers can catch the show at 8pm EST via NBC.
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For fans who miss the program's cable premieres, there are streaming options available.
The competition can be streamed through Peacock, Hulu, and YouTube.
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