The Voice Executive Producer, Mark Burnett is holding a press conference at his sprawling estate tonight, in order to outline format changed to the third season of The Voice. Carson DaleyChristina Aguilera, Cee-Lo, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine are also on hand to discuss the new season.

Here they are in a nutshell

  •  For Season 3, when one coach eliminates an artist in the Battle Round, another coach can buzz in and “steal” them. Coaches are allowed to steal two each then leave the Battle Rounds with 10 contestants each.
  • There will be a “Knockout” round that brings the number of contestants down to 5.
  • Knockouts represent a second part of the battle umbrella that gives us great, great TV, says Carson
  • Reporters got an opportunity to watch a Season 3 Battle, with a steal as an example.
  • “People who deserve to stay, now get a chance to stay” says Mark.
  • Adam Levine says he’s proud of the fact that other superstars are now doing music shows. “We made this cool.”
  • “The blind audition replaced the need to find terrible singers and rip them,” Mark Burnett says.
  • Carson quips how none of them knew who @BlakeShelton was when they first met. #harhar #TheVoice
  • “This isn’t our day job. We’re doing this for the right reasons,” says Blake Shelton
  • Mark Burnett says he’d like the four The Voice judges to keep first position even if they have to sit out a season to tour.
  • No deals in place yet with the coaches for the spring season of The Voice but Cee-Lo says he’d like to do it.
  • It won’t be if, it’s when. They’re all going to tour. We’re talking about it all the time,” Burnett says of the coaches. “”They told me our priority are records, recording and tours,” Burnett says, notes he wants to keep the coaches happy for the next 10, 12 yrs

Here’s a good explanation of how the Knockout Round will work from The Hollywood Reporter:

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.

I don’t know if making the Battle Rounds more complicated is going to help the show, to be honest.  Mark Burnett’s way of thinking seems to be: When in doubt, stuff the show with more gimmicks.  It’s a lot of style, with NO substance.

Via @TheVoice and @TVGuideMagazine

 
  • blackberryharvest

    Adam Levine says he’s proud of the fact that other superstars are now doing music shows. “We made this cool.”

    Hey Adam, JLO and Steven Tyler were judges before The Voice even premiered. Just sayin.’

  • blackberryharvest

    The “stealing contestants” could be interesting. Not so sure about the “knockout round.” It sounds a lot like Idol’s sudden death round.

  • http://twitter.com/steve2013 steve

    I think there adding the stealing element because the ratings tend to drop drastically after the blind auditions and i think the steal could be interesting enough.

  • http://twitter.com/blkeener Brittany Keener

    “We’re doing this for the right reasons…”
    For self promotion? bc so far The Voice hasn’t created any stars. Those on get more exposure than they would have previously but even those that watch the show can’t even remember most of them.

  • Anonymous

    The stealing and the knockout round are good ideas, because they will give the contestants more screentime.  One of the problems with the show is that they have these huge gaps between when we first see a contestant, that contestants battle round episode, and then the live episodes.  It’s hard to get attached to the contestants when they do that.

    I don’t get what Mark Burnett means by wanting these four judges to be in the first position, even if they have to take a season off to tour.  Does that, coupled with the fact that they haven’t hired any judges for the spring edition of the show, mean that they would like these four to do both editions?  

  • Anonymous

    I dunno, it all sounds a bit muddled to me. I’ll still watch though, just not as excited as I was for last season. :P

  • http://twitter.com/musicisthedoor MDS

    What about the liveshows? That’s the part that truly sucks

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DY5236XYY2SBL7EJNTK5ROIGMA Madred

    Can’t they just drop the silly battle rounds and extend the live voting? Give these kids a chance. Most of the people I would have voted for in Season 1 got the boot in the Battle Rounds because of biased songs. 

    It’s also why I dumped The Voice in Season 2. Maybe this Fall, I will just wait to see who the finalists are once we can vote. 

  • Stavros

    No one likes the Battle Rounds. Just stop.

  • Stavros

    Also live rounds are run terrible. The contestants perform like 3 live songs and then the winner is chosen. For Idol you get like 13 weeks of live performances. That’s enough to choose the deserving winner, not three.

  • pj

    Hey Adam, JLO and Steven Tyler were judges before The Voice even premiered. Just sayin.

    As much as I understand the criticism of the Voice coaches, I don’t think either J-L0 or Steven had much going on when they assumed their chairs as Idol judges.  I think the Voice did pick more current judges than Idol.  That may change, but I don’t disagree with Adam’s statement, as pompous as it sounds.

    ETA: And Mariah Carey isn’t exactly hip anymore. She’s obviously using Idol as a vehicle just like J-Lo did. Not blaming her. Just saying. We’ll see how her new single does.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure they have been wracking their brains trying to come up with something as entertaining as the chairs.  I can’t imagine what…and either can they, apparently.

  • Anonymous

     Yeah, it sounds too complicated of a system. X Factor and Idol work better because they are more streamlined systems.

  • Anonymous

    I think that Adam’s statement ignores the fact that his group’s album wasn’t doing very well at the time that he joined The Voice, and that his decision to take part in the show was influenced by the sales boosts that Aerosmith’s albums saw, and the success of Jennifer Lopez’s single.  

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    Is Tim Urban appearing on the show?  Also, Paris Bennett?

    There’s something missing from this show and I can’t pinpoint what it is!

  • Anonymous

    To be fair, Mariah’s last album went gold. Christina was more of a has been when she started.

  • pj

     I don’t know. I still see Xtina as more contemporary than Mariah.  But they aren’t the only judges.  You’ve got Blake, Adam and Cee Lo, too.  I don’t see Steven Tyler and  J-lo being as hip as that line up.  That was my point.

  • Karen C

    There’s something missing from this show and I can’t pinpoint what it is!

    I think the problem is too many contestants with potential get cut too soon, and this starts with the battle round.  Either they are mismatched, or if they are evenly matched they lose a good singer.  Probably that’s why they are letting the other judge steal a contestant.

    I think eliminating based on the team they are in when they get to the lives shows also leads to some getting eliminated too soon.

    There is also some reason, I don’t remember the contestants as well as I do Idol contestants after the auditions, and even through to when they get to the live shows. I feel like I know them better.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t pinpoint it either.  But something I don’t like is the brief reality segments, which show the contestant desperate, at the end of the road, unable to feed the family, very unhappy.  Is this entertainment?  TV shows, as well as singing in general, should make people feel good.

  • Anonymous

    Tim is trying out? I know Paris is. This almost seems like a dumping ground for idol failures. I wonder which other idols have/will try out? I wouldn’t be shocked to see someone like Allison(I would actually love to see her on there).

  • Anonymous

    I would say Adam, Christina and Blake were all in need of a boost. Cee Lo was the only one riding high on a hit.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DY5236XYY2SBL7EJNTK5ROIGMA Madred

    Bionic was a misstep, but I wouldn’t call Christina a has been. Her throwback album was flawless and with a new single and album coming out this fall, I think she can do more than Gold. 

  • blackberryharvest

      I agree, and Blake’s album didn’t go gold(the one that came out in 2008). The Voice definitely gave him a huge boost.

  • pj

     I loved Back To Basics. Never cared for her before that album. 

    I guess I like the chemistry of the Voice panel better than the last Idol panel.   If it’s going to be about the judges, they better be entertaining. And like it or not, Idol has turned into being about the judges.

  • Anonymous

    I like them better as personalities, its like a dysfunctional talk show on acid. However, that’s not the aim of the show. They will always overshadow the contestants, that is an absolute fail!

  • Anonymous

    So they’re retooling the battle rounds…to give MORE screentime to arguing judges?  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    The fanbases grow up most of the time during live shows. with few live shows nothing changes too much. I wouldn’t mind if they rip off X-Factor’s format and on Top12 (or something like that) they started to eliminate one by one, the less voted from any team.

  • Anonymous

    There is also some reason, I don’t remember the contestants as well as I do Idol contestants after the auditions, and even through to when they get to the live shows. I feel like I know them better.

    I think this is the biggest problem, and the reason why the Battle and Live Rounds don’t work as well as they do on AI.  At this point people haven’t been exposed to the contestants enough to care about them being cut, and they cut so many people all at once that it’s like the show is over, before it’s had a chance to start.

  • Anonymous

    Xtina was coming off her worst pr moment in history when she forgot the words to the NA at the Superbowl. Not to mention her cd Bionic flopped & her tour got cancelled.

  • Kirsten

    There will be a “Knockout” round that brings the number of contestants down to 5.

    So, what if a judge doesn’t choose to steal 2 contestants? What happens in the knockout round? Or do they have to steal 2 contestants so the battle round just becomes a repeat of the auditions with judges begging people to join their team so they don’t get stiffed with somebody useless going into the next round because they have to take whoever is left over?

    Adam Levine says he’s proud of the fact that other superstars are now doing music shows. “We made this cool.”

    Really? Would he have taken the job if JLo and Steven hadn’t already signed on to Idol? Then again, the latest Maroon 5 album wasn’t doing much before he joined The Voice, so maybe he would have?

    “This isn’t our day job. We’re doing this for the right reasons,” says Blake Shelton

    Translation: This is the job we do so that we can promote our day job. What was the name of the dude who won last year?

  • Kirsten

     

    with a new single and album coming out this fall, I think she can do more than Gold.

    With two seasons of promoting herself on “The Voice” (and a third season and sure to get prominent promo spots this fall), I  should hope so.

  • s k

    lol @ adam claiming the four of them made it cool for bigger named artists to do music shows. 

    I guess he forgets all the big named artists throughout the years who mentored on Idol?? 

    what an arrogant douchebag. 

    Also, if they were doing it for the right reasons we’d see them helping out these contestants after the show is over.  One of the few artists from these shows that I’ve seen really maintain contact with the artists afterwards is Kelly Clarkson and it’s not just her own artists but others as well.  That’s when you know they are doing it for the right reasons.

  • Anonymous

    Sheesh. Can The Voice’s format be more complicated and convoluted? Tweeking the format isn’t going to save the show. 

  • Anonymous

    If you were in the Top 10 on Idol, what would be the point of going on the voice? It’s not like they can make  you a star. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    I don’t get what Mark Burnett means by wanting these four judges to be
    in the first position, even if they have to take a season off to tour.
     Does that, coupled with the fact that they haven’t hired any judges for
    the spring edition of the show, mean that they would like these four to
    do both editions?

    I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who came away confused by that statement.  I took it the same way.  It would be very interesting to see what happens when these judges try to tour and juggle both editions at the same time.  All I can say to Burnett is, good luck with that. 

  • windmills

    “This isn’t our day job. We’re doing this for the right reasons,” says Blake Shelton 

    “It won’t be if, it’s when. They’re all going to tour. We’re talking about it all the time,” Burnett says of the coaches. “”They told me our priority are records, recording and tours,” Burnett says, notes he wants to keep the coaches happy for the next 10, 12 yrs.

    LOL.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    If you were in the Top 10 on Idol, what would be the point of going on the voice? It’s not like they can make  you a star.

    If you win, a label fronts the cost of your next album, so you can afford a real sound engineer. You get better touring opportunities than you were getting as an indie (didn’t Javier Colon do some shows opening for Maroon 5?). You have somewhat of a shot at rebuilding a modest fan base, just by being on the teevee.

    So yeah, selling 20k albums after winning The Voice ain’t exactly super-stardom… but when something like 98% of albums released in a given year don’t hit 5k in total sales, that Voice promo can be the difference between “barely hanging on” and “one more shot at making a living at music.” Some top 10 Idol finishers are doing quite well at their music, but it’s not wall-to-wall security and success for Idol alum.

    In Paris Bennett’s case, something went wrong with her planned 2009 album, and it was never released. So I’d guess she’s hoping for support for an album that’s already mostly planned in her head.

  • Anonymous

    Sometimes I just want to smack Adam and Blake and tell them to shut up, y’know?

    I don’t care if ex-Idols try out for this or X-Factor, but unless they are a Top 2/Top 3 finalist, are they really going to get any better offers coming off The Voice or X-Factor than they likely did after coming off Idol? I would tend to doubt it.

  • Anonymous

    Well they got it right that the Battle Rounds were a problem.  Honestly, thats where I stopped watching because so many fantastic singers were cut and mediocre singers survived, simply because of who they were chosen to battle with.  If you are looking for the best Voice, then this gimmick, makes no sense!!
    IMO they should have eliminated these Battle Rounds altogether, rather than just add the “dramatic steal” to a flawed concept.

  • Anonymous

    Paris probably could sell 20K just from Idol already. A lot of Idols who finish low have. If I were her, I would just use the connections I have, get good manangement, and try again. Being on The Voice only will mean something if she goes far – and even winning doesn’t mean that much. Coming in 5th place on Idol is actually better then winning The Voice, IMO.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Paris probably could sell 20K just from Idol already.

    Her post-Idol debut album sold 22,000, which means that she’d be extremely lucky to sell half that on a new album now. Getting her back up to 20k — or beyond — would call for launching her as a new artist, with some radio support. Idol fanbases atrophy fast and hard: I’d be surprised if she could sell 5,000 albums right now.

    Since her sophomore album has been on ice for three years, I’d guess her indie label gave up and no new label has shown an interest, so she’s looking to The Voice for that relaunch.