Last night, The Voice wrapped up its battle rounds, but unlike previous seasons, the singing competition will not be continuing on to the live shows right away.
This time, they’ve added a new element dubbed the knockout round!
Thankfully, we have our main man Carson Daly to break it all down.
Here’s where the competition stands as of now.
Each coach had 16 contestants after the blind auditions. Their teams have been whittled down to 8, thanks to the battle rounds. Plus, the coaches got 2 steals a piece, which means each coach currently has 10 vocalists.
But 40 performers is way too many to take to the live shows. That’s where the knockout round comes into play.
The coaches will assign two of their own contestants to compete against each other in head-to-head solos. Unlike the battle rounds, the artists get to pick their own song. Then, the coach will decide which one will stay and which one will be sent packing!
“You can pick any song in the world,” Carson explained. “They’re going to pick any song that they feel good on. That way, if they lose, they can go, ‘Well, at least I went out [with] me having the control.'”
When all is said and done, each coach will take 5 vocalists (a total of 20) to the live shows.
For a recap of Tuesday’s episode and Carson’s full explanation of the knockout round, take a listen below: