Following NBC’s coverage of the closing ceremony of the Rio Olympic Games, this special episode of The Voice features the first 30 minutes of the 11th cycle of the hit competition series. The preview features Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus making their coaching debuts. The regular season of The Voice premieres Sept. 19.
Earlier this month, at the Television Critics Association (TCA) summer press tour, NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt talked about how successful The Voice has been.
“I want to say a quick word about The Voice, a powerful lead‑in on two nights for us, and it also spans many, many hours throughout the season. The good news is that it remains the No. 1 reality show and still brings in more than 29 million people each week. But with every cycle, we understand that we lose a little bit of ratings ground. So as we look forward to Cycle 11, which is hard to believe, nothing is more vital than having a truly compelling fall season and maintaining its status at the top of the music industry. To that end, we have two new phenomenal coaches coming, Alicia Keys, a true music icon, and Miley Cyrus, the young upstart who’s not only an extraordinary artist herself, but she speaks to a whole new millennial audience. We’re also very pleased to unveil these new coaches along with at Adam and Blake in a half‑hour blind‑audition preview that will run immediately after the closing ceremonies of the Rio Olympics. The fall season of The Voice essentially starts this year on August 21st, and we think the millions of people that will flow into it that night will love what they see.”
Although the new season does “essentially” begins with the preview this Sunday, as Greenblatt alluded to, it officially returns Sept. 19.
The special preview of The Voice Cycle 11 airs Aug. 21 at 10:30pm ET, following NBC’s coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics closing ceremony.