‘The Voice’ season 16 schedule: Battles begin March 25, live shows April 15, finale May 21

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 25.

Each of the four coaches will set up six battles between their dozen artists. Reigning two-time champ Kelly Clarkson has turned to Kelsea Ballerini for advice while rookie coach John Legend is looking to Khalid for guidance. Three-time winner Adam Levine has Charlie Puth chiming in while Blake Shelton, who has won a whopping six of the previous 16 seasons of “The Voice,” has brought in Brooks and Dunn for their opinions.

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 the Live Cross Battles. That phase of the competition replaces the Knockouts but will follow the same format.

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It will commence on April 15 for four episodes. Each coach will pit their eight artists against each other in four battles. And each coach can steal one artist who lost from another coach. The 20 artists who win their cross battle 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.

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The two Playoff Rounds will be live this year, with America choosing the Top 12 rather than the coaches. These rounds run for two nights in a row, beginning with a two-hour episode on April 29, followed by a one-hour installment on April 30.

By the end of that show, we will have our Top 12 who will joined by the winner of the Comeback Stage. This baker’s dozen will compete individually for the first time on May 6. They will be winnowed down over the next two weeks, with the Finals taking place on May 20 and 21.

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