After the blind auditions and a couple battle rounds, The Voice has come to the playoffs -- and just because the round is now previously-taped doesn't mean there isn't plenty of pressure to perform, as it's the first time each singer hits the stage alone since they auditioned for the show.
The Voice finished trimming its current season of singers down to a top 20 on Monday night, with the help of mentor Chris Martin of Coldplay. In the rebooted battles round, the coaches still pick who performs in each sudden-death duet, and the contestants must agree on a song from their coach's shortlist that not only showcases each of their strengths, but also gives them the opportunity to potentially outshine the other.
At a Hollywood event to promote The Voice as it gets closer to live episodes, Billboard asked the current coaches and the host of The Voice for any advice they would give to next season's rookie, Pharrell Williams, who is replacing Cee Lo Green in one of the big red chairs.
TheVoice battles wrapped on Tuesday night -- well, the first round at least, because a brand new second round will feature Coldplay's Chris Martin next week -- and while most of the sudden-death duets have packed a punch throughout the season, the final three matchups were perfectly polite pairings. Yet one singer was aggressive enough to get Usher's last steal.
Who says battles on The Voice have to be vicious? At one point on Monday night's episode, Carson Daly called a match "The Notebook, Part Two," while Adam Levine added, "That was like watching two golden retriever puppies frolic through fields of wheat during the sunset. Cute overload -- so romantic and sweet."
The Voice has recruited the Coldplay frontman as a universal advisor to all four coaches in a rebooted round. For the first time, the remaining contestants will again be paired off to perform the same song in a sudden-death match, beginning March 31.
The sudden-death duets continued on The Voice on Tuesday night, which saw a guest mentor take the lead in the rehearsal room, while the contestants struggled to shine against their match -- at least, enough to tempt a steal and save themselves from elimination.
It's out with the blind auditions and in with the battle rounds on The Voice, where coaches pair off their contestants and challenge them to out-sing the other in a sudden-death duet. Each coach invites a fellow musician for help as guest mentor, and also has the option to "steal" whatever performer is cast off by another team.