Season 14 of “The Voice” is two-thirds of the way through the first phase of the competition: the Blind Auditions. At the end of these, each coach will have 12 artists on their team. Four of these Blind Audition episodes have aired to date, with two more scheduled for the week of March 12.
As always, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are among the four coaches who must decide whether to turn their chairs based on the vocal performance of each contestant. Joining them for a third go-round is season 12 winning coach Alicia Keys. New to the panel is Kelly Clarkson, who won the very first season of another reality competition series, American Idol,” way back in 2002.
Next up will be the Battle Rounds, which kick off on March 19 for four episodes. The season 14 advisors are Julia Michaels for Team Adam, Shawn Mendes for Team Alicia, Hailee Steinfeld for Team Kelly and Trace Adkins for Team Blake.
Coaches will set up six battles between their dozen artists. In addition, each coach can steal two losing artists from another coach. The 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 inaugural 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.