“The Voice” live playoffs kick off on Monday, April 16 with a two-hour show in which all 24 artists will sing. At the end of the evening, real-time voting will determine the contestant from each of the four teams coached by Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton who will move on to the Top 12. The other eight spots will be filled in two ways: the remaining 20 artists will perform again on Tuesday (April 17) and Wednesday (April 18) with the leading vote-getter from each team getting a place and the four coaches will then send a favorite through.
The Top 12 will perform live on April 23 on the first of the themed shows, “Story of the Song.” Each artists will reveal “what their song means to them: special memories, significant life moments and covering artists who have inspired them.”
The Top 11 will be featured on the April 30 show, which will be “Fan Pick.” Songs will be selected by viewers via the official app.
The Top 10 take to the stage on the May 7 show for “Challenge Week.” Each gets a chance to tackle a song that represents “a challenge on their journey to become a well-rounded artist.”
The May 14 show will include solo performances by each of the Top 8 as well as duets between the four pairs of contestants.
And the two-part finale on May 21 and 22 will be a showdown of the Top 4.
“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.