The Instant Save may be annoying to half of the country, and the weekly double eliminations might be occasionally harsh, but the best thing about The Voice is that it's a show that constantly changes. So far, season six has knocked out an entire round and replaced it with much better battles, and brought in Coldplay's Chris Martin as a universal mentor to all four teams.
The No Doubt singer is in talks to join the NBC competition series for season seven as a coach, multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. She would take over for Christina Aguilera, who announced in February that she was pregnant with her second child.
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."