Get Ready for ‘The Voice’ Season 12 Premiere

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It’s here! Season twelve of The Voice kicks off tonight on NBC starting at 8:00PM ET/PT and continues on Thursday, March 2 at 8:00PM ET/PT. The season premiere debuts with the first set of Blind Auditions which has the coaches (Gwen, Adam Levine, Alicia Keys and Blake Shelton) vying over contestants. We’ve decided to put together a post to celebrate Gwen’s return and explain to everyone what The Voice is and how to familiarize yourself with the show if you’re checking it out this season for the first time.

Just like the previous seasons, we’ll be putting together posts featuring highlights for each episode with clips, photos, Tweets and more for those that are not able to tune in. We’ll also keep up on updating our Voice coverage page throughout the season with playlists, galleries and a tally sheet to keep up with Team Gwen.

The theme for the season is Feel the Love and has been used throughout the promo for season 12.

How The Voice Works

Though the Blind Auditions were already taped last fall, viewers will get to finally see all the action over the first couple of weeks. For the first couple of weeks, the contestants will try to secure a spot on the show during the Blind Auditions. During this time, The Voice coaches will select and try to win over the contestants and may also have the chance to steal some away from each other. Since the auditions are “blind”, the coaches have no idea what the contestant looks like so they only go off of their voices to decide if they want to pursue the contestant. Once they like what they hear, they push their buttons to turn their chairs around to face them.

The second round of competition is known as the Battle Rounds, where two contestants will face-off against each other again. It’s then the coaches job to decide which singer is a better fit for their team. For instance, Gwen will need to choose between two of her original picks for Team Gwen. The “loser” of the battle can potentially either be sent home or “stolen” to go to another team. For example, if Gwen had to choose between two and found one better than the other, Adam could potentially take one of her original picks for his own team. During this time, its custom for the coaches to also give advice and tips to move on to the next stage of competition. During this round, global pop icon Celine Dion will be mentoring Team Gwen.

For the second time in the show’s history, they hosted Snapchat auditions which had even more potential artists singing for a spot during the Battle Rounds. Make sure to follow The Voice on Snapchat for exclusive content from the show.

The third round is known as the Knockout Rounds where more contestants will be eliminated from the show. Team members will battle head-to-head with a song of their choice from a designated list of picks from the coaches. Teammates are paired together and the coach must decide who did a better job than the other. The losers of the battle are either then sent home or may be again “stolen” by another coach. Coaches are though only given one “save” during this process. During these rounds, a special mentor joins the coaches in rehearsals whom has yet to be announced.

The next stage is known as the Live Shows. After the contestants are brought down to 20, the remaining competitors will compete against each other for votes to move on to the fifth and final round, the Live Performance Shows. Votes are tallied each week from America and only two members of each team will move on and be “saved” with also a third “save” from the coach themselves.

The Live Shows, and final round, will feature the Top 12 contestants (3 from each team) and they will compete against each other for America’s votes during the live broadcasts each week. The 3 contestants with the least amount of votes from America have the opportunity to sing again the following night (Tuesday) in which one potentially can be “Instantly Saved” by viewers who think that they did the best job. These votes are tallied by Twitter fans who Tweet into the show with the name of the team member who they would like to see continue.

During the season finale, the winner from either Team Gwen, Team Adam, Team Alicia or Team Blake will be named after the votes from America, and a choice has been made by the coaches, have been tallied together. The lucky winning contestant will be awarded with a recording contract and the title of The Voice of season twelve.

Team Gwen

Over the next few weeks, viewers will watch as Team Gwen is put together by choices she’s made (and the contestants themselves!) that she will continue to mentor and support during the season. Global pop icon Celine Dion will be beside Gwen during the Battle Rounds and will advise her and her team. Gwen opened up about working with Celine in an interview with TODAY and shared that she’s admired her over the years for being able to speak to the world through music. She shared that she’s been blown away by her story and expressed how lucky she is to have Celine on Team Gwen.

Performances

Throughout the season, we’ll be treated to unique and memorable performances from Gwen and her fellow coaches. Season 12’s premiere includes an intimate and acoustic cover of TLC’s iconic 1994 R&B hit, “Waterfalls”.

Where To Watch and Connect

We’ll do our best to keep up with the latest news and highlights from The Voice and we also recommend checking out our sources for even more information on season nine.

The Voice on NBC / Official Coach Bio
The Voice on YouTube
The Voice on Facebook
The Voice on Twitter
The Voice on Instagram
The Voice Official Store
Download the official Voice app
The Voice on People
The Voice Season 12 on Wikipedia

And finally, check out a few leaked auditions from the upcoming season ahead of the premiere featuring two standout performances and the first artists competing for a spot on Team Gwen during the Snapchat auditions. We hope everyone is ready to join us while we root for Team Gwen this season!

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