'The Voice' Announces Premiere Date for the First Season Ever without Adam Levine

The premiere date for "The Voice" has been announced, but fans will sorely miss one judge who decided to move on despite an appealing contract. 

NBC revealed the premiere date to fans along with a photo of the upcoming judges that will return to the show. The date and time are found below. 

Gwen Stefani, who was there for seasons seven, nine, and 12, will return for season 17. She's got lots of judging experience, and while most fans of the show can't wait to see her again, others are a little sour. 

John Legend made his debut on the show back in February for season 16. His mentee Maelyn Jarmon ended up winning that season, so it's clear that Legend knows his way around coaching. 

Jarmon performed an original song called "Wait For You" as part of the final round. It earned her the win against three of Team Blake's contestants in the star-packed finale that featured Taylor Swift, The Jonas Brothers, BTS, and more. 

Blake Shelton is the longest-sitting judge, having been on the show since its infancy in 2011. He's coached five winners over his time and is a beloved judge who appears to be here to stay. 

Kelly Clarkson is another newbie. She joined in 2018 for season 14, but she's already stolen the hearts of many fans. She managed to snatch winners in her opening season 14 and again in season 15. 

Clarkson, 37, spoke out about Levine's departure towards the end of May. She revealed that she got the news the night before it went public and called it "shocking." 

Speaking to Extra, she said

“But I kind of get it. He’s been doing it for eight years — that’s a long time. He’s got a couple kids. Still has a career. Still touring. It’s a very rigorous schedule fitting everything in.”

The "Since U Been Gone," singer said it was going to be "weird" without Levine. Shelton, who was close friends with Levine, expressed similar sentiments. Levine soon confirmed the news via his own Instagram. 

Fans chimed in after Clarkson's tweet, offering other reasons for why they think Levine left. Many suggested that Levine lost interest in the show and had been wanting to move on for a while. 

Levine did move on to another television project. His new show "Songland" was a hit in its premiere. As executive producer, Levine helps singers and songwriters get their work out there by having celebrities sing their songs. 

Undoubtedly, the show pays a pretty penny but according to Hollywood Reporter, Levine's contract with "The Voice" would have given him nearly $30 million for two more seasons. 

Levine turning down the deal goes to show that maybe fans were right and he left for more passionate reasons. Still, the break-off with the show was said to be amicable, especially with the "Songland" premiere so soon after.

We can't wait to see which contestants blow us out of the water when "The Voice has a two- night premiere on Monday, September 23 at 8 p.m., then on Tuesday, September 24 at the same time. 

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