The Voice is shaking things up.
The long-running NBC musical competition series will debut a game-changing new round called the Live Cross Battles which will kick off on Monday, PEOPLE can exclusively reveal.
For the first time in Voice history, the coaches — Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton — will go head to head, each selecting one artist from their team to compete against an artist from an opposing team during the Live Cross Battles performance. America’s vote will ultimately decide the winner of each Cross Battle and who earns a spot in the Top 24 live show.
In a preview of the Live Cross Battles, Levine says the new change makes the show the equivalent of “the wild west out there now.”
The new Live Cross Battles round will begin with 32 artists remaining in the competition. Over the course of two weeks, eight pairs of 16 artists will perform each Monday.
Additionally, The Voice will unveil a brand new Live Cross Battles set design, which will feature the artists seated by team on dramatically lit benches around each side of the stage. In every Cross Battle, two coaches will go head to head in a “live school yard pick” by each selecting one artist from their team to go up against another team’s artist. Each artist will perform an individual song, and their fate will then be in America’s hands to decide the winner.
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On the Tuesday results shows, host Carson Daly will reveal the winner of each Cross Battle and 16 artists will advance to the next round through America’s vote. Each coach will also have the opportunity to save or steal eliminated artists live in the moment — but the catch is that they only get one save and one steal each and only have 10 seconds to make their decision.
Another Voice first is that the coaches may enter the Top 24 live show with an uneven number of artists on their team. Viewers can vote using The Voice app and online between April 15 and April 22.
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The Live Cross Battles Round begins on April 15 at 8 p.m. EST and continue on April 16, April 22 and April 23 on NBC.