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.
The Comeback Stage series will air on several platforms, including YouTube, The Voice Official App, IGTV (Instagram), Facebook and NBC.com. 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.
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.