Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly and social media correspondent Christina Milian (yep, that's still happening) all gathered in Los Angeles yesterday to address members of the press and explain how the upcoming third season of The Voice will differ from the previous two, and revealed a pair of major tweaks that aim to address the show's biggest problem.
Namely, the show loses some seriously talented people in the problematic Battle Rounds.
In an attempt to combat that issue, the judges revealed a new season three concept: The Steal.
Here's how The Steal works: Each coach has two opportunities to save a defeated singer and ask them to join their team (said singer must have previously belonged to another mentor's team). If more than one celeb anoints a fallen one, the power gets put in their hands, a la the Blind Auditions, and the contestant picks which team they want to join.
Personally, I love this tweak since I believe several potential winners -- or finalists -- have been sent home too early based on unfair Battle Round pairings. Yes, I'm still smarting over Tyler Robinson's axing.
The second tweak is called The Knockouts and according to Celebuzz, "The coaches go into Battle Rounds with 16 performers. That gets cut down to eight plus two stolen performers. Those 10 from each team then go into the new Knockouts round and only five performers from each team advance to the live rounds.
Not only does it sound like we're going to get more singing, but more opportunities for judges to sass one another -- so, count me in for the September 10 premiere ... but more importantly, The Voice can probably count me in for every episode that comes afterwards, which isn't always the case.
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- Christina Milian
- Christina Aguilera
- Cee Lo Green
- Blake Shelton
- Adam Levine
- Carson Daly