The Voice 16 Live Cross Battles Twist – NBC Reveals ALL The Details

THE VOICE -- "Battle Rounds" -- Pictured: (l-r) Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Adam Levine -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

NBC has officially announced the NEW twist, the Voice Cross Battles. It’s new to the US version, but has already been in play in formats across the world. The Live Cross Battles replaces the traditional Knockouts in which two team members go head to head performing solos. The Knockouts has traditionally been the round between the Battles and the Live Playoffs.

Check out all the Live Cross Battles details below:

The Voice will debut an all-new, game-changing round called the Live Cross Battles. For the first time in Voice history, the superstar coaches – Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton – go head-to-head, each selecting one artist from their team to compete against an artist from an opposing team in an epic Live Cross Battle performance. The stakes are higher than ever before as America’s vote will ultimately decide the winner of each Cross Battle and who earns a spot in the Top 24 live show.

The Voice Cross Battles New Twist Explained
The Voice Season 16 Test: Goodbye Knockouts, Hello Live Cross Battles!

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. The Voice will unveil a brand new Cross Battles set design, in which the artists will be 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,” 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 is in America’s hands to decide the winner.

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. For the first time ever, each coach will also have the opportunity to save or steal eliminated artists live in the moment. The coaches will have one save and one steal to use over the course of the Cross Battles, and they will only have ten seconds to decide if they want to push their button to save or steal an artist.

In another Voice first, coaches may enter the Top 24 live show with an uneven number of artists on their team, further adding to the drama and competition.

The Live Cross Battles Round begins on Monday, April 15 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT) and continue on Tuesday, April 16 (8-9 p.m. ET/PT), Monday, April 22 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT) and Tuesday, April 23 (8-9 p.m. ET/PT) in NBC.

Viewers can vote using App Voting and Online Voting during the April 15, 2019 and April 22, 2019. Voting opens at the end of the ET/CT broadcast on The Voice Official App (App Store or Google Play) and at (No studio recordings until the Playoffs. Click on 

For official rules, please visit Apple music streams will not be available as votes until the Live Playoffs (Top 24).

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