The Voice season 23 is just around the corner. The new edition of the song opens tonight with great expectations around it: the debut of two fresh faces as coaches, the departure of the original coach and the return of the undefeated champion. Two new superstars will join Kelly Clarkson to take on Blake Shelton in his final season on the show.
Everything is ready to begin the struggle. The lovely jurors will be joined by the lucky new coaches who will sit in the iconic red chairs. We are talking about the Irish singer Niall Horan, who rose to infamy as a member of the popular boy band One Direction after participating in the British version of the X Factor, and the American artist and hip-hop music producer Chance the Rapper. Both will fight a bloody duel to get the best voices in the US, but their allies will not give them up easily.
Back with them is the legendary Kelly Clarkson, one of the leading artists to build a global career since her victory in the first season of American Idol, who was absent last season for personal reasons. The coach has been on the board since 2018, so he’s sat in the red seats for about seven straight seasons, just like country singer Blake Shelton’s main rival.
As for the boy knight, this will be the beginning of the end of the age. Shelton earned the title “King of the Voice” after he remained motionless in his chair in the left corner from the beginning of the program, in 2011. Now, 12 years later and more than a consolidated career, he announced at the beginning of the last season that the twenty-third edition of the competition will be the last.
The arrival of new coaches, the return of Kelly and the departure of Blake is a very exciting situation that promises to be a season with emotions running high. But those are not the only changes that are coming. The format has changed quite a bit since last season when Camila Cabello, Gwen Stefani, and John Legend sat in the red chairs. That’s why we’re giving you a WORLDWIDE guide on how this whole competition system worked.
How do Blind Auditions work?
As always, the iconic blind auditions will be the first stage. The celebrities will sit in their large swivel chairs with their backs to the stage and face to face with the audience. Experts listen carefully to every performance of every artist on stage, and they will only be able to impress themselves vocally if they like what they hear and if they can work with the artist.
If the coach likes what they hear, they press a red button on the chair, indicating that they want a participant on the team, turn around and face the artist before the song stops. If more than one coach turns his chair, it is up to the dissident to choose which one they want to work with from now on. If one of the judges turns his chair, the artist is immediately added to his team; but if he did not torture him, he would have departed.
The investors are back in the equation. All the coaches have three additional cards on their seats that put the name of their teammates and their goal to harass them. Pressing, for the big red, the coach’s chair is moved around and at the same time disables the judge he has chosen, so that he does not receive the artist who then sings in the team. That damaged vehicle will only be able to find its blocked position if it bends.
Blocking is a very strategic tool that can make a difference in the rest of the match, when it has left more needs and victories. If only two coaches are spinning, but one of them is locked, the team that hits the lock button will leave the default. Trainers must calculate the number of moves, only one is allowed per audition and only one ban will be received in the entire season, but it can be restored if the celebrity who is judged to be weak is not converted in the presentation, so it is returned. ineffective .
What then, when the joints are full?
At the end of the round of auditions, each team will be selected from a total of 10 artists. In most seasons there were about 12, last year there were 14 per team, but now there will be a total of 40 artists competing, including duets or trios if there are any. It does not happen for the first time, the number of contestants is the same as in the 18th, 19th and 20th seasons, which were most affected by the corona virus pandemic.
From there, the teachers work individually with their teams to prepare them for the battles. It is usual for them to be assisted by other nobles who are called as leaders, so they advise the participants and even the judges themselves. So far, nothing has been revealed about who will take over the role of the new edition.
Meanwhile, artists will be paired with each other to sing a duet for selected coaches. It will be face to face in the performances to the tune of the same coin that they sing together. Artists compete for a nod from the coaches, who determine the winner of each matchup, choosing which artist advances to the next and who is eliminated.
Voice introduces ‘Playoff Pass’
The battle is not the end of the road. Each judge has their own tactics to save an artist from elimination who they feel does not deserve to go home. The main tool is to steal. A participant not selected to advance to the next round will be available in a short time for another coach to “steal” and increase the team. Although after season 14 it is possible to use the save (Save) which allows the coach to save two singers of the marriage.
However, this time the support will go on the scene, will be replaced by a new architect, who promises to throw the foundations of the forms. In a press release, NBC announced the introduction of the Playoffs Pass, which allows two participants to remain in the competition. When the coach allows one of his artists to have a great advantage over the others: he can knock around and go directly to the players without intermission.
The recipient of this pass will move one step closer to live in the gala, as the opponent will remain in the battles of the regular group, who will compete for his place in the activity in the knockouts, like everyone else. At the end of the battles there will be seven participants per team: the five winners of each battle, an artist drawn from another team and the holder of a direct pass.
How do voice knockouts work?
Despite the changes to the battles, the beats remain largely unchanged. Each coach faces the rest of the team on stage, again, only this time each artist will choose and sing their own song. The ‘key to three’ exchanges are removed from the previous season, so there will only be one winner and one loser in each matchup, instead of three for each team.
On this occasion, all the artists of this time will be able to be reminded of the mega-mentor, the role played by superstars such as Taylor Swift (twice), Rihanna or Ed Sheeran. Weeks before the premiere, it was announced that country music legend, Reba McEntire, would be hosting this season’s competition. A veteran, with dozens of awards and musical successes to his credit, he was the first organizer of Team Blake in the first season, so now you can get his experience in command of all the teams in the middle of Shelton’s journey.
The two artists will be equal, only one can win, but the coaches will also have a steal of the competition this season. After it is done, each team will be made up of five participants: the three winners, the artist stolen from another team and the departed who benefited from the Playoffs. In short, from the top 20 will undergo the bottom step before the live galas.
This is the playoffs
The press release revealed that the Playoffs would return, but that it would no longer be the artists’ first experience against live galas. In most of the past, that time is the first time the employee lives, the gate to be a major developer. This year things are different, the games were previously recorded as higher levels, so the number of live galas is so small.
The final 20 artists will compete against each other in teams to win one of the two spots that each coach will perform at the live galas, who will be the ones to decide which artists go on to the live shows. Unlike previous seasons, the public vote will not be able to choose the Top 13, but the eight participants chosen by the judges will automatically go to the semifinals. More details about the possible play-off have not been revealed, but the return of Instant Voting has been confirmed.
According to pressure from NBC, the artists with the lowest number of votes will be “elected” for the Instant Vote, each will have the opportunity to sing a new song, as a last resort to receive and stay. More details of this post will be revealed to us in time.
How to watch Voice?
The most recent edition of the song program airs on Monday, March 6, at 8:00 on the East Coast of the US (New York, Florida or North Carolina). The program will air on NBC, as always, and will be available for streaming content on the Peacock platform.
However, Latin America will have the opportunity to watch the match through the universal + streaming service and its universal reality channel, the platform of the parent company NBCUniversal. New episodes will be available one day after their original broadcast in the US, so content will be updated on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.