Come Monday night, the next phase of “The Voice” will be here in the Battle Rounds! We admit that this is not a part of the competition that we love structurally, mostly because year in and year out, the show has the same weaknesses: There’s not enough singing over each episode, and it’s awkward at times to force two artists to do a song when it may end up favoring one of them over the other.
Now that we’ve given you our semi-annual opinion on this part of the competition, let’s go ahead and give you the extended sneak peek of what to expect next. There are four people who are going to serve as mentors for this round, and you’ve probably heard of all of them: Sammy Hagar (Team Adam), Joan Jett (Team Miley), Bette Midler (Team Blake) and Charlie Puth (Team Alicia). What is somewhat interesting about these to us is that for three of these advisers in Hagar, Jett, and Midler, you are appealing more to older audiences. That’s a distinct change from previous seasons, where the show’s worked more to court the young, social-media-friendly crowd.
Trust us: We’re incredibly curious to see what the process of choosing some of these mentors is like for this phase of the competition.
Hopefully, NBC is releasing an extended preview later in the weekend with more specifics on a battle, given that this one only contains a second or two of singing from each battle — and it doesn’t even show all of them. Some will be given some primary real estate, and others will be likely montaged. (We feel for them already, since somebody’s probably given the double-montage treatment.)
If you do want to see other news on “The Voice,” head over here to see our take on several recent auditions! (Photo: NBC.)