S15 E8 | 10/16/18
The Battles, Part 2
The four-time Emmy Award-winning "The Voice" returns with the strongest vocalists from across the country invited to compete in the blockbuster vocal competition show's new season.
Returning superstar coaches Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton reclaim their red chairs for Season 15, and Carson Daly returns as host.
The show's innovative format features five stages of competition: the season begins with the Blind Auditions, then the Battle Rounds, Knockouts and Playoffs, and finally, the Live Performance Shows.
During the Blind Auditions, the decisions from the musician coaches are based solely on voice and not on 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, he/she pushes a button to select the artist for his/her team. At this point, the coach's chair will swivel so that he/she can face the artist he/she has selected. If more than one coach pushes his/her button, the power then shifts to the artists to choose which coach they want to work with. If no coach pushes his/her button, the artist is eliminated from the competition.
Also returning this season is the "block," which adds another layer of excitement during the Blind Auditions. The recently redesigned coach chairs each have an extra set of buttons with the other three coaches' names. The block button prevents a coach from adding a new artist to his/her team. The coaches can only use their block buttons on one artist for the entire first round of the competition. When a coach hits the block button with the name of the other three coaches, the coach who hit it automatically turns around. The "blocked" coach only discovers he/she is blocked if he/she presses his/her button. The blocked coach's chair will still turn; however, instead of his/her lane lighting up with his/her name, it says "BLOCKED." If the coach doesn't press the button, the block is still available for another audition.
Once the teams are set, the battle is on. The coaches dedicate themselves to developing their teams of artists, giving them advice and sharing the secrets of their success, along with help from celebrity advisers. This season the coaches enlisted music industry heavyweights to prepare their artists for the Battle Rounds. Clarkson teams up with Thomas Rhett, Hudson with Halsey, Levine with CeeLo Green, and Blake Shelton with Keith Urban.
During the Battle Rounds, the coaches will pit two of their own team members against each other to sing the same song together in front of a studio audience. After the vocal battle, the coach must choose which singer will advance to the next round of competition, while the losing artist is available to be stolen by another coach. Each coach has two steals available during the Battle Rounds.
At the end of the Battle Rounds, only the strongest members of each coach's roster remain and proceed to the Knockout Rounds. Here, the artists will be paired against a teammate once more, but this time they will select their own songs to perform individually while their direct competitor watches and waits. They are vying for their coach's confidence and decision to take them to the final and crucial round before the Live Performance Shows, the Playoffs.
One superstar universal adviser will be on hand to work with all of the coaches and their teams as they prepare the artists for this challenge. But the coaches alone will choose the winner, and the artist not selected will be available to be stolen by another coach. In addition to their one steal, each coach has the opportunity to attempt to save an artist they just eliminated during Knockouts. However, if another coach presses his/her steal button, the artist can then decide whether to go to a new team or return to their former coach.
Each coach has one steal and one save available during Knockouts.
In the Playoffs, the Top 24 artists will compete to secure a spot in the Live Performance Shows. Each team has six artists left. Artists will perform and the top two vote-earners on each team will automatically advance. The coaches will then have to select one of their remaining artists to complete their rosters and move on to the final phase of the competition - the Live Performance Shows.
In the Live Performance Shows phase of the competition, the Top 12 artists will compete each week against each other during a live broadcast. The television audience will vote to save their favorite artists. The three artists with the lowest number of votes will be eligible for the Instant Save. These artists will each perform a new song that represents why they should earn the save. America will then have the opportunity to save their favorite performer by tweeting out #VoiceSave along with the artist's name. The singers with the lowest numbers of votes will be sent home each week. In the end, one will be named "The Voice" and receive the grand prize of a recording contract.
"The Voice" is a presentation of MGM Television, Talpa Media USA Inc., Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. The series was created by John de Mol, who serves as executive producer along with Mark Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Amanda Zucker, Kyra Thompson and Stijn Bakkers.
Monday, September 24, 2018
Day and Time
Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7c
Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton
John de Mol, Mark Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Amanda Zucker, Kyra Thompson, Stijn Bakkers
John de Mol
Alex Van Wagner
Anthea Bhargava, Keith Dinielli, Clyde Lieberman, Kyley Tucker, Brittany Martin Porter, Melysa Lovell Garratt
Amanda Borden, Dan Paschen
Carson Daly, Tod Schellinger, Jared Wyso, Hayley Opalek McSherry
Supervising Casting Producer
Supervising Digital Producer
Off-Stage Production Designer
Los Angeles, California
MGM Television, Talpa Media USA Inc., Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television
Talpa Content, B.V.