On Sunday night, during a special preview of The Voice Season 11, we got a little sneak peek of what to expect, and let’s just say that we’re excited. Off the bat,the preview introduced us to some ridiculously talented teens ―W McDonald and Darby Walker ― before treating the audience to an awesome performance by the four judges, including the season’s new mentors, Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys.
Both Miley and Alicia had appeared in the show as advisers in the past, replacedPharrell Williams and Christina Aguilera which made it the first time the show will have two female coaches.The judges performed a cover of Aerosmith’s “Dream On” and totally nailed it. Keys kicked things off with her powerhouse vocals and before Shelton took over, followed by Levine. As soon as Cyrus stepped onstage, though, belting out the lyrics with her deep, raspy voice, the crowd went wild.
Following the performance, the show also paid tribute to former contestant Christina Grimmie, who was fatally shot in June while signing autographs for fans.
“In loving memory of our friend Christina Grimmie,” read a card at the end of the episode.
We had a glimpse of what to expect from the show this season when the Blind Auditions were previewed on Sunday. We McDonald, 17, performed Nina Simone’s classic “Feeling Good” during the audition and got all the coaches to turn their chairs. Then Darby Walker performed Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me,” making Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus and Blake Shelton to press their red buttons.
Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will return to the show, keeping a balance of experience and freshness. Carson Daly will reprise his role as the show host.
The Voice Season 11 Blind Auditions will be premiered on Sept. 19, 2016. Sammy Hagar will mentor Team Adam, Bette Midler for Team Blake, Charlie Puth for Team Alicia and Joan Jett for Team Miley in the Battle Rounds this season.