‘The Voice’ season 16 schedule: Live Cross Battles begin April 15, finale May 21

The Voice” just wrapped up the second phase of the competition: Battle Rounds. At the end of these episodes, each coach has eight artists on their team. These 32 hopefuls must now make it through the new Live Cross Battles, with the first of those four episodes airing on April 15. This phase of the competition replaces the Knockouts but will follow the same format.

Each coach will pit their eight artists against those of the other coaches. 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.

For the battles, reigning two-time champ Kelly Clarkson turned to Kelsea Ballerini for advice while rookie coach John Legend looked to Khalid for guidance. Three-time winner Adam Levine had Charlie Puth chiming in while Blake Shelton, who has won a whopping six of the previous 16 seasons of “The Voice,” brought in Brooks and Dunn for their opinions.

SEE ‘The Voice’ season 16: Which coach has the best team heading into the live shows – Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Adam Levine or Blake Shelton? [POLL]

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.

SEE ‘The Voice’ winners: Where are they now (Season 1 – 15)

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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