Last season on The Voice, producers decided to switch things up to add more live shows. This resulted in the Live Cross Battles, a phase of the competition where artists on one team went up against another team’s artist for America’s vote. But it looks like this change what short lived.
Let’s get into how we know the Live Cross Battles aren’t happening again, what will replace them, and speculate why they only lasted one season.
No More Live Cross Battles?
Now the first question we have to answer is how we know that the Live Cross Battles won’t be returning. On 1iota’s website, fans can request tickets to go to tapings of The Voice. According to that site, the show will be recording Knockout Rounds on August 14th and 15th, which would replace the Cross Battles.
So it’s that simple! The Voice is going back to its previous format with the Knockout Round. This isn’t too surprising but does show that their experiment switching up the format did not go over as planned. Producers probably thought the new round would add excitement and give fans more power in the earlier decisions. Instead, it led to an imbalance in the coach’s teams and audience confusion.
Why is The Voice Doing Knockouts Again?
To start it off, most fans did not like the Cross Battles. According to GoldDerby, 79% of its readers said they were “a disaster.” Even Adam Levine himself (who will not be returning as a coach for season 17) voiced displeasure with the new format:
“I did not like it, I hated it. I hope they change it immediately because I think it sucks…for the record, I did not like the Cross Battles at all. I hope they never come back.”
And can you blame him? He was the one who suffered most from the new round. At the end of the Live Cross Battles, Adam only had 4 artists remaining on his team. Blake, on the other hand, had 8. Ouch! It is also worth noting that in the fall season, The Voice doesn’t have to compete with American Idol. So the fact that there will be less live shows shouldn’t affect the next season ratings-wise.
In my opinion, this was the right decision. And it will lead to a better season of The Voice overall! Tune in to see how it all plays out this September, when the show returns with coaches Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarkson, and John Legend.