The Voice Unveils How They Plan to Air Remote Episodes
Unlike American Idol, The Voice has been pretty low key about how their plans to air remote shows during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s four days before the first live show, and NBC is finally revealing plans for Monday’s (May 4) first live show. Perhaps they didn’t have all the particulars nailed down until today?
Compared to American Idol, The Voice has more moving parts to consider in order to broadcast remotely, including coach/team mentoring sessions, weekly instant-save performances and results.
In any case, here’s the deal:
For the first time ever The Voice will broadcast live shows remotely beginning the week of Monday, May 4 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on NBC. The Voice live shows will air over 3 weeks, with the finale airing on Monday May 18 and Tuesday May 19.
Carson Daly Hosts from The Voice Soundstage, Coaches and Contestants Remote from Home
Carson Daly will host the live rounds from a soundstage without a live audience in front of the red Voice chairs.
The four coaches will remote in from their homes to provide artist feedback. Kelly Clarkson will broadcast from her ranch in Montana, Blake Shelton from his home in Oklahoma and Nick Jonas and John Legend from their homes in Los Angeles.
The Top 17 artists will perform for America’s vote from 17 different towns across the country. They will take us into their homes and other meaningful locations to showcase their originality and connect with audiences. Viewers will see the preparation process that goes into each performance.
The Voice Will Record Mentoring Sessions Live to Tape, Pretape Artist Performances, Results Revealed LIVE
For Monday performance episodes, all interactions between the coaches, artists and host will be recorded live-to-tape, and artist performances will be pre-taped. Viewers will vote for their favorite performances on Mondays via the overnight vote. On the Tuesday results shows, the artists will learn live if they will compete for the Instant Save. America will also have the chance to participate in the remote live shows on Tuesday nights by voting in real-time to determine which artist will advance to the Top 9 from the Instant Save.
(I’m assuming that every artist will pre-tape a save me song to air if they end up in the bottom 2/3?)
Mega Mentor James Taylor Performance Opens Monday’s (May 4) Show
The Monday, May 4 broadcast will open with a special uplifting performance by Season 18 Mega Mentor James Taylor. Taylor will perform with the remaining artists who he mentored during the Knockout Rounds. Then, Carson Daly will reveal which of the four artists competing in the first-ever Four-Way Knockout was voted through by America, and the artist will earn a spot in the Top 17 with their original team. The Top 17 artists will perform in front of the coaches and America for their chance at a spot in the Top 9.
Tuesday (May 5) Will Feature Real Time Voting For the Wildcard Instant Save
On Tuesday, May 5 (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET/P), four artists, one from each team, will be revealed as safe by America’s votes. Each coach then selects an additional artist to move forward. The artist with the next highest overnight votes from each team will compete in the Wildcard Instant Save for the last spot in the Top 9.
The Voice Artists Provided Remote Mentoring Sessions, Wardrobe, State of the Art Cameras and Audio Equipment
Leading up to the Top 17 performance show, the coaches held remote mentoring sessions with their artists to plan all musical elements including song selection, vocals and arrangement. During this process, producers provided artists with wardrobe as well as guidance on choreography and art direction to enhance their home performances. Additionally, artists received production kits with state-of-the-art camera and audio equipment to capture their performances.
The Voice will capture live moments, interactions and coach banter during the broadcast via online videoconference. Additionally, the coaches and artists will utilize laptops during their coaching sessions as they prepare for their performances and capture remote content each week.
“Reinventing the live shows has allowed us to create innovative ways to bring The Voice to life in a fresh and intimate way,” said Audrey Morrissey, Voice Executive Producer and Showrunner. “It has been an incredible team effort with the coaches, artists and their loved ones being involved in the process. With Carson at the helm from the stage, we are excited to share a unique Voice experience that will feel both new and familiar.”