Warning! The following contains spoilers for The Voice Season 18 premiere. Read at your own risk!
The Voice Season 18 has a new coach and, as is tradition in the franchise, all the returning coaches gave the newbie a hard time in the season opener. This meant blocking Nick Jonas from obtaining early talent through their special abilities, verbally swaying others not to pick him due to his lack of experience on the show, and more. Jonas faced all of that in his premiere episode, and somehow The Jonas Brothers singer managed to get off to a great start anyway with a big first night.
Part of overcoming that obstacle came from rolling with the punches and artfully dodging all the ribbing from Blake Shelton. Kelly Clarkson and John Legend can get saucy from time to time, but Jonas really had his work cut out for him with Shelton. The 6-time winning coach gave his new co-star on The Voice the full sass, so much so you'd think Nick Jonas was Adam Levine 2.0. Jonas stayed cool under the pressure, and smiled through it all to the crowd's approval.
That was great by itself, but Nick Jonas really showed how much of a threat he can be on The Voice in the final moments of the premiere. Jonas found himself in a contention for being the coach of one of the night's most talented singers, Joanna Serenko. Jonas was a bit timid in the four-chair-turn at first, but soon realized he had to bring it if he wanted a major competitor on his team.
You can almost see Nick Jonas getting frustrated in the midst of Kelly Clarkson's spiel about her experience as a coach, and realizing he's going to have to fight to get talented people on his team. It honestly seemed like Serenko was going to go another direction with her decision prior to his speech, but ultimately ending up going Team Nick after his impassioned words about proving himself on The Voice. It's not often we see this type of boldness from new coaches, but I personally am loving it!
What does Nick Jonas have that past coaches didn't? He's got a solid amount of confidence, which is only bolstered further by the studio audience screaming their approval every time he opens his mouth. Kelly Clarkson made mention of the roaring audience during the premiere, and told her co-star she and the rest of the coaches know not to underestimate him. That is a good point actually, because The Jonas Brothers really have some pull on social media which may benefit Team Nick's competitors when the competition shifts to the audience votes.
Will Nick Jonas' strong play continue throughout The Voice Season 18? Tune in to the next round of auditions on NBC Tuesday February, 25 at 8:00 p.m. ET to find out, and continue to stick with CinemaBlend for all the latest news happening in television and movies.