The Voice is the latest variety show to retool its format in the wake of recent events, as the show will now move to live shows, remotely filmed without audiences or judges.
Starting next Monday, May 4th, the show will return, with Carson Daly hosting the live performances from an empty soundstage in front of the red coach chairs. The coaches will appear remotely, from their homes, as the final 17 contestants also perform live from their homes. James Taylor will also perform with the remaining contestants that he mentored during the Knockout Rounds, after which Daly will reveal which artist in the first-ever four way knockout round was voted through to the final 17 to rejoin their team.
The performance episodes will be recorded live-to-tape and the artist performances will be taped from their homes. Viewers will still get to vote overnight Mondays for their favorite performances before the Tuesday results shows. The Tuesday shows will go live, as the finalists learn their fate and compete to be saved. Tuesday save votes will be live and real-time.
Audrey Morrissey, The Voice executive producer said that, "Reinventing the live shows has allowed us to create innovative ways to bring 'The Voice' to life in a fresh and intimate way. It has been an incredible team effort with the coaches, artists and their loved ones being involved in the process. With Carson at the helm from the stage, we are excited to share a unique 'Voice' experience that will feel both new and familiar."
The Voice has already experimented with remote, as the coaches remotely mentored their teams from song selection, through vocals and arrangement, leading up to the Top 17 performance show. During the remote sessions, contestants were provided wardrobe, choreography guidance and more assistance. They also received camera and audio equipment to use for their performances.
On Tuesday May 5th, one artist from each team will be safe, as selected by audience votes. Each coach will then select an additional contestant to move forward. The artist with the next highest votes from each team will then compete in a live performance to try to earn save votes from the audience to advance to the final spot in the top 9. This news appears courtesy of Variety Variety