Kelsea Ballerini will star as the first-ever fifth coach for NBC’s The Voice this season in an inaugural web series called the Comeback Stage. Ballerini announced her new gig with an Instagram post on Monday.
“Y’all, I have been SO excited to share that I’m joining the @nbcthevoicefamily this fall as the 5th coach for the first ever Comeback Stage” Ballerini posted. “It’s been such a new, fulfilling challenge and I’ve been beyond inspired by the artists I’ve gotten to meet and work with. I can’t wait for you to fall in love with them.”
The Voice‘s Comeback Stage will allow Ballerini to pick her own team of six contestants who weren’t chosen by the other coaches (Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine) during the blind auditions. Ballerini’s team of comeback artists will Battle each other, narrowing down to three contestants from which she will choose her Top 2.
Once the contestants are widdled down to the Top 13 on the TV show in November, Ballerini’s Top 2 competitors will duke it out for the audience vote to join the main competition team of their choice. It will be interesting to see if the winner of Ballerini’s team chooses to join forces with another country music artist (Shelton,) or if they’ll pick a fan of country (Clarkson,) or a coach with contrasting styles (Hudson or Levine.)
The Comeback Stage will stream across multiple digital platforms such as NBC.com, The Voice app, Facebook, Instagram TV and YouTube. The show premieres the same night as the first episode of The Voice, Sept. 24.
Ballerini is currently taking part in Keith Urban’s Graffiti U Tour, running through early November. This rising country star is nominated for Country Artist of 2018 through the People’s Choice Awards and Female Vocalist of the Year at the upcoming CMAs.