The Voice battles started earlier this week, and there’s one big difference from previous seasons. This time around, coaches have the opportunity to save one of the artists paired up in a battle.
So how is this different from previous seasons, and how has the save option affected the show already? Read on to find out more, and then tune in for the next round of battles next Monday and Tuesday night on NBC.
How Are ‘The Voice’ Battles Different?
For the battle rounds, the coaches are tasked with pairing off their team members for duets. After the artists perform, the coach chooses one of them to stay on their team. In the past, the other three coaches had the opportunity to steal the eliminated artist for their own team.
The “steal” option is still in place this season, but there’s another twist that allows the coaches to keep both artists in a battle. It’s called the “save.” Coaches get one save and two steals per battle round. In some cases, one coach might hit their save button while one or more other coaches hit their steal buttons. Then the artist in question can choose whether to stay on the same team or move to another one.
Has The Save Option Been Used Yet?
On the first night of battles this week, two coaches ended up using their save options. First, John Legend chose Khalea Lynee as the winner of her battle against Zoe Upkins. Zoe was in danger of leaving the show, until John hit his save button to keep her.
Then Gwen and Kelly hit their steal buttons, meaning Zoe had to choose whether to stay on Team Legend or join either Team Gwen or Team Kelly. Zoe chose to stay on John’s team.
Later, Kelly Clarkson chose Shane Q as the winner of his battle against Melinda Rodriguez. She then hit her save button to keep Melinda on her team, while John hit his steal buttons. Melinda chose to stay with Kelly.
How Has The Save Option Affected The Battles?
As TV Guide points out, Monday night’s saves made for an anticlimactic episode, as two of the battles basically ended in a draw. The only artist eliminated was Josie Jones on Team Blake.
The save option could also potentially affect how the coaches divide their teams up for the battles. They could pair up two artists they know they want to keep with the intention of using the save on one of them. Of course, there’s no guarantee the artist will stay on their team if another coach wants to steal them, so it’s also a risky move.
Blake and Gwen have yet to use their saves this season, so it will be interesting to see who they choose, and if the artists decide to stay with their respective coaches. What do you think about the save option? Let us know in the comments.