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Changes Ahead as Third Season of The Voice Kicks Off

Posted by on August 15, 2012 at 5:40 PM EST

The third season of The Voice kicks off on NBC on September 10, when, rather than go head to head with Fox’s American Idol, which outdid its second season in terms of ratings earlier in the year, it will be pitched against The X Factor.

An all-star coast of coaches is promised, with Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton all reprising their roles from the past two seasons.

But there will be other changes. Rather than have “battle rounds” in which singers are pitted against each other in pairs, the next season will give each coach the chance to potentially “steal” their rival coaches’ losing contestants after each “battle” round decides  a winner.

There will also be a new two-week “knockout” round after the battle rounds are done, in which five singers will be chosen by each coach. Those 20 participants then get to sing in live shows, to air later ion in the fall.

Billie Joe Armstrong, Mary J. Blige and Rob Thomas are down as mentors for the new season, and Christina Aguilera has already spoken of her collaboration with 21 Guns rocker Armstrong and how much she enjoyed working with him, and how much the pair made each other laugh.

The Voice is almost going to make up for the summer vacation being over!

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