"The Voice" Season 11 Judges
Season 11 of The Voice
is officially in session with a couple new judges in the mix. Though a couple players have changed, the game is still the same. Here's the rundown on how the show works (in case you forgot), according to NBC
There are five stages of the competition and they take place in this order: the Blind Auditions, Battle Rounds, Knockouts, Live Playoffs and, lastly, the Live Performance Shows.
In the blind auditions, the coaches choose their team members based only on their voices, not on image or the total package. They hear the artists sing, but the judges' chairs are facing away from them. When a coach is impressed by a performance, they hit a button to turn around and bid on that artist. Whichever judges turn their chairs around, they have to fight for the artist to pick them to be their coach. If none of the judges push their buttons, the contestant is automatically eliminated.
When all of the teams are filled with contestants, the blind auditions end and the battle rounds begin. The coaches work with their team members, practicing, sharing advice and guiding them to become the best artists possible. Coaches get assistance from celebrity guest mentors as well. During the battle rounds, contestants go head-to-head against other singers on their team in a vocal battle. The coach must choose only one artist from each battle to move forward in the competition. The cast-off has the opportunity to be stolen by another judge. Unfortunately, the coaches each only have two steals.
Next is the Knockout Rounds. The performers are again put up against another teammate, but they get to select their own songs. Those who win get to move on to the Live Shows. Each coach must choose only one winner from each dueling pair, but the cast-off has the opportunity to be stolen again. The only catch is this time, each coach has only one steal available.
For the Live Playoffs, the top 20 artists compete for spots in the official Live Shows. Each artist performs and America casts their votes to save two singers from each team. The coaches then get to choose one other artist from their teams to move on as well.
The live shows are the final part of the competition and it starts off with the top 12 contestants competing against each other. Viewers can vote to save their favorite performers and each week, the three contestants with the lowest number of votes will perform for the "Instant Save" from viewers. America will be able to save their favorite performers by tweeting out #VoiceSave along with the contestant’s name. The winner of the bottom three will move on in the competition while the other two will be sent home. Only one contestant can win at the end of the season.
Now that you've got the rundown on what to expect, click through our gallery of the cast to get the latest news, rumors and reports on each of them. (Photo by: Michael Muller/NBC)