John Legend and Niall Horan: The New Rivalry on The Voice Season 24

John Legend and Niall Horan

Spoiler Alert: John Legend and Niall Horan’s Blocks Battle on The Voice Season 24

John Legend and Niall Horan

The latest episode of The Voice Season 24, which aired on October 2, brought some intense moments as the coaches, particularly John Legend and Niall Horan, engaged in a friendly rivalry. With Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson absent, it seems that The Voice is trying to ignite a new competition between the seasoned EGOT winner and the sophomore coach who won the competition on his first try. However, I can’t help but feel that something is missing from this new “feud.”

The banter and bickering among the mentors have always been a highlight of the show, with Blake Shelton being the king of trolls. It’s understandable that The Voice would want to fill that gap by pitting John Legend and Niall Horan against each other. The October 2 episode showcased this rivalry.

John Legend And Niall Horan Used Their Blocks On Each Other

For the first time, the audience had to wait quite a while for the coaches to start blocking each other. However, that changed during the Blind Auditions when John Legend used his Block on Niall Horan for the first artist of the evening, Stee from South Carolina. Stee’s rendition of Maroon 5’s “Sugar” earned him a Four-Chair Turn, and he ultimately chose John Legend’s team.

Throughout the night, John Legend continued to challenge Niall Horan as they competed for the last word with the contestants. John even borrowed a move from Blake Shelton’s playbook by hitting his button to play “Ramblin’ Man” every time Niall started to talk too much.

Niall Horan eventually got his revenge by using his Block on John Legend when Texas artist Rudi performed “You Don’t Own Me.” However, Niall’s move didn’t pay off as Rudi, a big Gwen Stefani fan, decided to join her team instead.

Why The New Rivalry Doesn’t Work For Me

The Voice has seen some epic rivalries over its 22 years, including Blake Shelton’s feuds with Adam Levine and Kelly Clarkson. We can even recall the snippy exchanges between Maroon 5’s lead singer and Christina Aguilera. The key difference between those rivalries and John Legend vs. Niall Horan is that there is no genuine tension between the Season 24 coaches.

Adam Levine continued to drop F-bombs in reference to Blake Shelton even after leaving The Voice, and Kelly Clarkson was visibly annoyed by Blake’s undermining of her country music expertise. However, John Legend and Niall Horan seem incapable of having any real conflict with anyone, at least not on this show. Their “rivalry” feels manufactured to me.

Perhaps we will witness more friction between Gwen Stefani and Reba McEntire when they decide to use their Blocks against a fellow mentor. However, I would prefer to see their authentic personalities dictate what happens rather than forced fighting. The Voice will continue at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, October 3, on NBC.

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