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Changes for Season 18 of 'The Voice': New Coach and Fewer Live Shows

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By Nic Morales

The game is changing once again as we kick off season 18 of The Voice tonight. We won't be seeing Gwen Stefani tonight, but fans will see her replacement, Nick Jonas. Fans can expect to see the return of Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, and Blake Shelton. With this new season, the coaches will have chances to either steal or save contestants. Another change brings fewer live shows to the season.

In an interview with Parade, Executive Producer Audrey Morrissey explains why there will be less live shows for season 18 of The Voice. Before the changes, there were six weeks of live shows, now there will only be three.

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Less Live Shows?

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“You can’t scoot by on any week thinking, ‘Oh, I’m doing pretty well and we’re only losing one person this week, so I’m going to take a risk with this unusual song choice. I’m not quite sure, but I’m going to give it a go,'” she explains

“There are some ramifications to that and what we ended up doing is adding some really exciting twists to the show.”

This change is inspired by The Olympics, but there are more changes fans can look forward to.

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The coaches are gaining more power. Previously, the coaches only had two steals, but fans can expect the coaches to exercise up to three this season. Morrissey explains,

“Another change is that in the battles, there have always been two steals. This season, instead, there will be a steal and save, which is how the knockout rounds used to be formatted.”

She continues, “What’s interesting is the steal is someone who joins their team. The person they save ultimately ends up being part of a four-way knockout."

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"So, each coach has one save and that person isn’t necessarily part of their team or part of a knockout between two people on their own team.”

The four-way-knockout includes contestants voted on by viewers of the show; the contestant with the highest votes will be revealed during the first week of live shows.

With changes coming and going like the wind through the previous 17 seasons, fans have not always been open and in-line with the changes, and only time will tell how viewers receive the new amendments to the show.

Season 18: Mentors

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This season, the mentors include Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha, Joe Jonas, Kevin Jonas, and Ella Mai. When Morrissey was asked how she choses the right mentors, she says,

"...We obviously work closely with our coaches as to who they would like to work with and they usually have reasons why. They’re looking for people who can really aid them with advice in coaching their teams."

"it’s also a great way for us to see people in action, to see how they take to mentoring, and maybe down the line if we’re in the position to make a change in a chair, it’s natural for us to think back to who really impressed us? Who loved it? Who just felt right?" she closes.

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