“The Voice” wraps up the season 14 battle round on March 27. At the end of this stage of the competition, the four coaches — Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton — will each have eight artists on their team (six of their own plus two steals) to take to the knockouts. That round kicks off on April 2 and will run for four episodes over two weeks
Each coach will pit their eight artists against each other in knockout matches, with four winners apiece. Each coach will also steal one artist who lost from another coach. Those 20 artists who either win their knockouts or are stolen by another coach will advance to the playoff round. In addition, four other artists will get to compete then 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 will run for three nights in a row, beginning with a two-hour episode on April 16 that will see all 24 artists competing. After the real-time votes are counted, the artist from each team with the most votes will get a place in the Top 12.
The remaining 20 artists will sing again on either April 17 or April 18. Again, the artist from each team with the most votes will secure a spot in the Top 12. Each coach will then pick one of their remaining four artists to take further in the competition.
The Top 12 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.