Critics and viewers love to compare and contrast NBC’s The Voice with those other two singing competition shows on FOX, but there’s one special element that The Voice has all to itself: The blind auditions, when the coaches sit facing away from the singers and can judge based only on their ability, not their image.

Yes, the coaches’ chairs are massive, futuristic and swiveling, but don’t be fooled: The blind auditions aren’t a gimmick. They’re “the essence of what The Voice is,” says Adam Levine.

The blind auditions will kick off The Voice season 2 on a very special night — right after the Super Bowl on February 5. That’s quite a big act to follow, but the Voice coaches don’t seem worried. In fact, the blind auditions have coach Blake Shelton so excited that he compares them to “Christmas morning.” Watch the promo:

“The world will definitely be watching” when the Voice coaches discover their new teams of talent, says Cee Lo Green. Is he right? Will YOU be watching The Voice season 2?

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