It’s here! Season nine of The Voice kicks off tonight on NBC starting at 8:00PM ET/PT! The two-night season premiere debuts with the first set of Blind Auditions which has the coaches (Gwen, Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams 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 season seven, 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.
How The Voice Works
Though the Blind Auditions have already been taped during the summer, viewers will get to finally see all the action over the first couple of weeks. For the first five rounds, the competitors will face-off 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 Voice 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, pop star Selena Gomez will be mentoring Team Gwen.
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 this round, Rihanna will step in as Key Advisor to the coaches.
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 Pharrell 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 nine.
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. Pop star Selena Gomez will be beside Gwen during the Battle Rounds and will advise her and her team. Gwen hand-picked Selena to work with and is a huge fan of her experience and dedication to her music. “It’s just incredible to me to think of somebody that’s been doing it since they were a child, like it’s hard to understand it. The dedication and the years that she’s put in and to only be so young but have so much experience is kind of incredible.”
Throughout the season, we’ll be treated to unique and memorable performances from Gwen and her fellow coaches. Tonight’s premiere includes a four-coach performance of them covering some of each other’s biggest hits. Gwen kicks off the medley covering Blake Shelton’s “Neon Light” while Black returns the favor right after with his version of “Don’t Speak”. Gwen later joins the group at the end for a closing rendition of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” which features Pharrell Williams.
Like season seven, Gwen promoted and performed “Spark The Fire” live on The Voice, and with new solo music on the horizon in the future, we could see her performing her potential first single on the show at some point. She also joined Team Gwen for a group performance as well during the Live Shows.
Where To Watch and Connect
We promise to keep BSO updated 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
– 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 9 on Wikipedia