After watching six nights of captivating blind auditions, the coaches on The Voice have filled their teams of 12 and will now have to halve their numbers in the battle rounds, starting on Monday night. Keith Urban, Delta Goodrem, Joel Madden and Seal are faced with the difficult task of letting some of their singers go — but not after we see them ‘battle’ it out in spectacular duet style! (Some critics think viewers won’t be as interested in the battles and that the ratings may suffer, but I love them and think they’re still a huge point of difference for the show.) Not sure how it works? We’ll give you a quick rundown after the jump.
- The coaches pair up contestants from their teams to sing the same song at the same time on stage in front of an audience. Basically, they’re tasked with singing a duet.
- The coaches meet with the two contestants and introduce the mentors. In the Australian version, Keith’s mentor is Megan Washington, Delta’s mentor is Darren Hayes, Joel’s mentor is Benji Madden, and Seal’s mentor is Ricki-Lee Coulter. Together with their mentors, the coaches do exactly what their titles imply: they coach and prepare the contestants for the performance.
- The stage is transformed to represent a boxing ring. Viewers will be reminded of their blind auditions and how they got to that point. Then the music starts and the battle commences. One singer will take a verse, then they’ll switch, and then they’ll come together for the chorus and big notes. There’s also some harmonising, which always sounds great.
- All of the coaches offer their comments on the performance they’ve just seen. They’re also asked to pick who they would take through to the live shows, but ultimately it comes down to the coach whose team the contestants are on. (For example, only Keith has the power to send home his contestants — he may be swayed by the other coaches but it’s his decision in the end.)
- The coaches are allowed to take a ‘time out’ to quickly consult with their mentors if they feel the need.
- The coach delivers his/her decision (after lots of praise for the person who goes home). And there you have it — one singer is through to the live shows, and then it’s time to battle again!
Note: This explanation comes from being at one of the battle show tapings and watching bits and pieces of the US version’s battle rounds. The Voice Australia Battle Rounds commence on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. on Channel Nine.