The Voice will bring back The Comeback Stage for season 16 with pop singer Bebe Rexha as the “fifth coach.” I thought last season’s Comeback Stage debut was a bust. The winner, Lynnea Moore, was basically set up to lose. In the first two weeks of the finals, she landed in the bottom until her elimination. Any contestant tossed into the mix at the live shows stage will run behind singers who have had exposure on network TV beyond a failed audition.
The series has made the contest more competitive with a brand new twist. Bebe will pluck losing contestants from the Battle Rounds as well as failed no turns from the Blinds. At one point, the Battle Round singers will face off against the No Turns. Pretty easy to guess which hopefuls will prevail (the contestants with the most TV exposure).
However, as we revealed, The Voice format is being shaken up in a big way this season. Read this:
Also, check out the contestant rundown/results/song choices for tonight’s (Feb 25) premiere here:
Here’s the official announcement from NBC:
The Voice is set to launch the second season of the nine-part digital companion series The Comeback Stage, presented by Lay’s.
Chart-topping singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha will serve as the companion series’ “fifth coach.” She will mentor deserving artists who did not make a team during the Blind Auditions as well as eliminated artists from later rounds. This season the competition is tougher than ever as new rounds have been added to the Comeback Stage, making it more difficult to earn a spot in the Live Shows.
During the first round of competition, six artists who did not get a chair turn go head to head. In each episode two artists will compete and sing for Rexha, who will select a winner to move on to the next round of competition.
In the next round, Rexha will bring back three deserving artists who were eliminated during the Battle Rounds, giving them a chance to re-enter the competition through the Comeback Stage. These artists will face off against the three artists from the first round of competition.
After Rexha has chosen the three finalists, they will perform for her in the Semi-Finals before she narrows it down to two. In the Comeback Stage Finals, Rexha will pick one artist to move forward and compete against another eliminated artist from a later round of the competition.
The two final artists will perform live for America on the Tuesday, April 30 episode of The Voice. A Twitter Instant Save will ultimately determine who re-enters the competition as part of the Top 13. The winning artist will select their coach and join that team.
This season kicks off with EGOT winner John Legend, returning coaches Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton on Monday, Feb. 25 at 8-10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.