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A Full Breakdown of How The Voice Works

From Blind Auditions to the Live Performance Shows. 

Official Season 22 Teaser | NBC's The Voice

The Voice Season 22 is here! The new season kicks off Monday, September 19 at 8/7c on NBC with Coaches Blake SheltonJohn LegendGwen Stefani, and newbie Coach Camila Cabello.

Fans will once again enjoy a talent-packed season with a fresh lineup of Artists ready to rock our world. As you re-acquaint yourself with the show, here's a full breakdown of how everything works—from the Blind Auditions to the Live Performance Shows. 

How does The Voice work?

The Voice Season 22 will include the Blind Auditions, Battle Rounds, Knockouts, and the Live Performance Shows, and along the way Coaches will have Blocks, Steals, and Saves. These tools are exactly what they sound like: game-altering maneuvers that we'll explore in further detail shortly. 

How do Blind Auditions work on The Voice?

During the Blind Auditions, the decisions from the Coaches are based solely on voice and not looks. The Coaches hear the Artists perform, but they don't get to see them, thanks to rotating chairs. If a Coach is impressed by the Artist's voice, they push a button to select the Artist for their team. At this point, the Coach's chair will swivel so that they can face the Artist they selected. If more than one Coach pushes the button, the power then shifts to the Artists to choose which Coach they want to work with. If no one pushes their button, the Artist is eliminated from the competition.

How do Blocks work on The Voice?

Also returning this season is the Block, which adds another layer of Coach competition during the Blind Auditions. The Coach chairs each have an extra set of buttons with the other three Coaches' names on them, which prevents a Coach from adding a new Artist to his or her team. The Coaches can only use their Block buttons on one Artist for the entire first round of the competition. The blocked Coach only discovers they are blocked if they press their button, and though their chair will still turn, their lane lights up with "BLOCKED." If the Coach doesn't press their button, the Block is still available for another Audition.

How do Battles work on The Voice?

After the Blind Auditions, the Artists work closely with their Coaches and Team Advisors to fine-tune their vocal prowess and performing abilities. Season 22 Battle Advisors will include Jazmine Sullivan for Team Legend, Charlie Puth on Team Camila, Sean Paul for Team Gwen, and Jimmie Allen on Team Blake. 

The Coaches dedicate themselves to developing their team of Artists, giving them advice and sharing the secrets of their success, along with help from their Battle Advisors. During the Battle Rounds, the Coaches will pit two of their own team members against each other to sing the same song together. The Artists are vying for their Coach's confidence and decision to take them to the next round.

After each Vocal Battle, the Coach must choose which of his or her Artists will advance to the next round of competition.

How do Saves and Steals work on The Voice?

Each Coach will have one Save and one Steal in the Battle Rounds. The losing Artist is available to be saved by their own Coach, but with the Steals still in play, the Artist could potentially choose to go with a different Coach, leading to even tougher decisions for the Coaches and Artists. Artists who won their Battle, were saved by their own Coach, or were stolen by another Coach will advance to the Knockouts.

How do Knockouts work on The Voice?

Season 22 will showcase a new format element during the Knockout Rounds. For the first time ever, this phase of the competition will include three-way Knockouts. In the Knockouts, the Artists will be paired against two other teammates, but this time, they will select their own songs to perform individually while their direct competitors watch and wait. The Coaches will choose the winner, and the Artists not selected will be available to be stolen by another Coach. The pressure is on as each Coach will only have one Steal in the Knockouts.

How do the Live Performance Shows work on The Voice?

Once the Live Performance Shows begin, the top Artists will compete against each other weekly during a live broadcast. This time the television audience will vote to save their favorite Artists.

How does the Instant Save work on The Voice?

The Artists with the lowest number of votes will be eligible for the Instant Save and will each perform a new song to prove why they should continue in the competition. America will then have the opportunity to save their favorite performer by voting on The Voice Official App or NBC.com. Those with the lowest number of votes will be sent home. In the end, one Artist will be named "The Voice" and will receive the grand prize of a recording contract.

Who will take home The Voice's Season 22 win? Find out when The Voice premieres Monday, September 19 at 8/7c on NBC.

Watch The Voice on NBC Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7c and the next day on Peacock

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