Season 14 of “The Voice” just wrapped up the first phase of the competition: the Blind Auditions. At the end of these six episodes, each coach has 12 artists on their team. These 48 hopefuls must now make it through the Battle Rounds, with the first of those four episodes airing on March 19.
Coaches will set up six battles between their dozen artists. Rookie coach Kelly Clarkson has turned to Hailee Steinfeld for advice while one-time winner Alicia Keys is looking to Shawn Mendes for guidance. Three-time champ Adam Levine has Julia Michaels chiming in while Blake Shelton, who has won a whopping six of the previous 13 seasons of “The Voice,” has brought in Trace Adkins for a second opinion.
These advisers will help the coaches decide which artist was the best in each battle. In addition, they will offer their input as to which two losing artists from other teams should be given a second chance. In all, 32 artists who win their battles or are stolen by another coach will advance to the Knockout Rounds.
The Knockout Rounds commence on April 2 for four episodes. Each coach will pit their eight artists against each other in four knockout matches. And each coach can steal one artist who lost from another coach. The 20 artists who win their knockouts or are stolen by another coach will advance to the Playoff Rounds. In addition, four other artists will get to compete courtesy of the Coaches Comeback.
Unlike the last two seasons, the three Playoff Rounds will be live this year, with America choosing the Top 12 rather than the coaches. These rounds run for three nights in a row, beginning with a two-hour episode on April 16, followed by one-hour installments on April 17 and April 18.
By the end of the April 18, we will have our Top 12 who will compete individually beginning April 23. The Top 11 will compete on April 30, the Top 10 on May 7, the Top 8 in the Semi-Finals on May 14 and 15 and the Top 4 in the Finals on May 21 and 22.
“The Voice,” which has won three Emmys as Best Reality-Competition Show, is hosted by Carson Daly. Levine and Shelton have been with the show from the start. Shelton has coached six of the 13 winners of “The Voice,” including season 13 champ Chloe Kohanski. Levine has bragging rights for three champions while Keys won in her second season last spring with Chris Blue. Clarkson is the newcomer but she knows first-hand the power of reality competition TV, having launched her career as the first-ever winner of “American Idol” back in 2002.