September 05, 2012 11:22am PT by Rebecca Ford
'The Voice' Adds Third Night to Season Three Premiere Week
Can’t get enough of The Voice?
NBC is giving fans even more of their hit singing competition by adding another night to their premiere week for season three.
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NBC announced that their premiere week beginning Sept. 10 will feature three nights of blind auditions, adding Wednesday, Sept. 12 (8-9 p.m. ET) following the previously scheduled debut on Monday, Sept. 10 (8-10 p.m. ET) and Tuesday, Sept. 11 (8-9 p.m. ET).
Quite conveniently, the Wednesday addition is at the exact same time as the premiere for Fox's singing competition The X Factor, which will feature new judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato.
The Emmy-nominated reality show will feature the return of coaches Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton who will open season three with a performance of “Start Me Up” together.
The NBC show will begin with the traditional blind audition before heading into the battle round, the brand new knockouts and finally, the live performance shows.
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The knockout round was added for season three, along with the addition of the “steal” move which takes place during the battle round.
The battle rounds will start off with each coach having 16 members on their teams. They will each have two steals that they can use. If, for example, two members of Green’s team are battling, then any of the other coaches can choose to steal the person who Green does not choose to keep. If more than one coach chooses to steal a contestant, it’s up to the contestant to choose his or her coach.
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Then, the show will move into the knockout round. Each team will have 10 members at the beginning. The contestants will choose their own song to perform. On the day of the show, they’ll find out who they are paired up against, which is up to their coach. One of the contestants will then sit in the corner of the stage and watch as the other performs. The coaches will then cut their teams down to five members for the live shows.
“In season three, the DNA of the show is the same, but for the battle rounds, the torso of this format, we need to make a couple tweaks,” host Carson Daly said. “It’s like fantasy football. You become incentivized to watch the entire league as opposed as to your own team.”
The Voice returns for season three on Monday, Sept 10 at 8 p.m.