The Voice Comeback Stage Stars Kelsea Ballerini and First Ever Top 13


We have more details on The Comeback Stage digital series previously announced by The Voice exec producer Audrey Morrissey. E News reveals that country music star Kelsea Ballerini will serve as the show’s “Fifth Coach” for the 10 part companion series. Also, the addition of a “comeback” contestant will result in the first ever Top 13 competing in The Voice live shows.

Set to premiere on Monday September 24 at 8 pm ET, The Voice season 15 will feature Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson on the coaches panel.

The Comeback Stage series will air on several platforms, including YouTube, The Voice Official App, IGTV (Instagram), Facebook and A sneak peak of each digital episode will be previewed in The Voice broadcast on Sept. 24-25, Oct. 1-2, Oct. 8-9, Oct. 15, Oct. 22, Oct. 29 and Nov. 5.

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The series will feature Kelsea mentoring six artists who auditioned for the show during the  Blind Auditions but did not make a team. The six Comeback Artists will compete for the opportunity to compete on the live shows that begin in November. Here’s how it will work, according to E News:

Ballerini will pair the six competitors into three Battle Pairings, each artist will get coached on an individual song. Then, following the battle, Ballerini will decide the winner. Then, in the next phase of the series, the three Battle Round winners go to the Comeback Stage Finals, where each will perform a final song. Based on these performances, Ballerini will pick the final two artists who will move on to the final phase and perform live for America’s vote. The two Comeback Stage finalists will appear on the Live Playoffs Results show airing Tuesday, Nov. 13, and perform for votes in the first Twitter Instant Save of the season. The artist will then decide which team they would like to join moving forward in the competition: Team Kelly, Team Jennifer, Team Adam or Team Blake.

If the Tuesday November 13 show is billed as a “results” show, does that mean overnight voting is coming back to The Voice? There hasn’t been overnight voting in the Playoffs since Spring cycle (Season 9), 2016.

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  1. I have mixed feelings about this…
    But my biggest issue is ANOTHER format change. My problem is that it doesn’t even feel like the same show as it was in seasons 1-8. GOD I WANT THOSE DAYS BACK.

  2. At least this sounds better than the block. Wish this was replacing the block instead of being an additional change.

  3. Maaaan if I were someone authentically on a Coaches team I’d be annoyed as hell.

  4. I don’t hate this development. There’s reasons beyond not being “good” that some of the people don’t get a chair turned for them, a major one being that the coaches are looking for a certain thing and they don’t have many spots left. That’s no fault of the contestant, it’s just crappy timing. I’ve heard about a couple no-turners that the coaches were still high on and were encouraging them to try again next season. It’ll be interesting to see if any of them end up in this.

  5. You are right. Timing matters on this show. If you’re r&b or soul or whatever and the coaches that favor that are already loaded, you are screwed as they try to diversify their team’s sound. Unless another coach is shy on your sound. And they get really picky at the very end, but take some questionable folks in the begining.

  6. The Voice is giving contestants way too many second chances with all these additional things.

    This show lost me as a viewer a couple of years ago. Mybe if it cut back to once a year and brought back the original format, I might watch again. But in its current format, no thanks

  7. The original format was harsh. One singer per coach made the final and there were NO steals at all. Every pairing had an elimination. They lost a lot of good singers that way.

  8. Mixed feelings too about this one.
    It’s not a bad thing per se, because there are a lot of unspoken reasons to justify why some contestants didn’t turn a chair. But there were some… urgent questions to solve (bloodbath week, Block, Twitter Save…). So yeah, not a priority. And let’s hope Kelsea has some actual taste and a good ear.

  9. Definitely didn’t like the one singer per coach in the final. So, at least some of the changes have been good.

  10. I don’t love this but don’t hate it either. I wish that these battles are at the very least uploaded on the YouTube page. Thing is, the person advancing via this twist will most likely finish 13th. This contestant will be getting close to none air time before the twitter save, which means a lot of less fans. In addition, many of the coaches (Blake for instance), tend to show loyalty to their original members because they have been working with them since the beginning. I don’t hate this idea, but the execution could be a lot better. This is mostly speculation, we’ll see in the actual live shows, but I’m possitive that this will be the result most likely.

  11. Season 1-2 was awful, but I really miss the format from season 5 and 8.

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