We can’t wait to see what new coach Nick Jonas brings to the table on The Voice Season 18. Even before tonight’s season premiere, we’ve gotten a few glimpses at Nick’s unique approach to coaching the show’s talent.
For starters, he made a pretty dramatic entrance to the show. In a new promo, the returning coaches (Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, and Blake Shelton) watch Nick parachute onto the set, only to reveal a tuxedo under his jumpsuit. “This is gonna be a long season,” Blake says.
How Nick Jonas Is Setting Himself Apart On ‘The Voice’
It’s not just Nick’s interesting choice of transportation that might give him an edge over the other coaches. It’s also his approach to working with the contestants. For example, how often do you see a Voice coach scribbling notes during an audition?
In a preview clip from tonight’s premiere, Nick can be seen writing down his thoughts on Nelson Cade III’s performance — even though he’s been blocked by John Legend! He wrote “star” and “wow” in his notebook, leading Blake to make fun of him. It may seem silly, but it’s nice to see that Nick is serious about giving good feedback.
Nick also has a different perspective on what it means to be a coach. In a promo video for the show, the singer explains that he wants to be known as a “teammate” to the contestants. “I’m saying, let’s work on this together,” he explains.
Nick Coaches A Contestant During Auditions
In another sneak peek from this season, Nick can be seen joining an auditioning singer on stage. This isn’t unusual for The Voice — coaches duet with contestants pretty much every season. However, Nick does more than just create a viral moment here. He also coaches the contestant.
Nick shares some tips for the teenage singer about how to deal with his changing voice. He advises the artist to stand up straight and focus on opening up through the vowel sounds in the song. The singer tries again after taking his advice, as Nick plays the guitar.
Contestants might see joining Nick’s team as a risky move, considering he’s just as new to the show as they are. So it’s smart of him to show off his coaching skills before the artists get a chance to decide which coach they want to work with. Instead of just promising them that he’ll be the best coach to work with, he’s actually proving it.
Nick also has career experiences that the other coaches don’t. As John Legend points out in a promo, he’s performed with a group (the Jonas Brothers), as a solo artist, and on Broadway. “I think he’s gonna be a formidable foe,” John says. Based on what we’ve seen of Nick’s coaching so far, we have to agree.
Watch Nick’s debut on the Season 18 premiere of The Voice, tonight at 8 pm ET/PT.