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Season 23 of The Voice may feature a major format change

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The Voice season 23 may see major format changes in the form of pre-taped playoff episodes. For the past 23 seasons, The Voice’s playoff episodes have aired live, but now the show has tickets to four separate pre-taped playoff episodes.

The tickets, which can be bought online, are scheduled for February 14th and February 22nd. However, the description on the website states that the show has four rounds, which include blind auditions, battle rounds, knockouts, and live performances. There have been no official announcements from NBC regarding pre-taped episodes beyond the knockout round, but the tickets available are a pretty good indication.

However, with four pre-taped playoff rounds, there would likely be room for a live finals and semifinals episode. This is where the public’s live voting could come in if the change was made by the show.

To participate in a recording of The Voice, all participants must be fully vaccinated or have a negative PCR-COVID test within 48 hours of the recording. Tests are not offered by the studio.

Season 23 of The Voice stars longtime trainers Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson, but will be joined by new trainers Niall Horan and Chance the Rapper.

During an interview with NBC, Chance shared that he believes his biggest competitor is Kelly Clarkson.

“I wanted to be a coach at The Voice because I like giving a platform to young artists – especially people who are already experienced in their craft and know what they are doing, but just need the right spotlight. I wanted to be part of the process,” he explained.

He added: “I think my biggest trainer competitor is probably Kelly because she’s an experienced vet, she’s won many times and people just gravitate towards her because they know she’s in a competition took part. She’s super famous. But I will still win.”

Horan also agreed in his interview with NBC Insider that Clarkson poses the biggest threat.

“We have very similar tastes in music, the same taste in languages. Yeah, I think she’s going to be a massive threat to me,” Horan said. “But you never know, I could win this thing.”

Unfortunately for Shelton fans, season 23 will be the last time he sits in the big red chairs on The Voice.

In the statement, Shelton shared that he was ready to move on and was grateful for his time on “The Voice.”

“I wrestled with this for a while and decided it was time for me to retire after season 23 of The Voice,” Shelton shared. “This show has changed my life for the better in every way and will always feel like home to me. It’s been an amazing ride these 12 years of chair switching and I want to thank everyone at NBC’s The Voice, every producer, the writers, the musicians, the crew and the catering people; You are the best.”

Shelton has won The Voice nine times. He won first in Season 2 with Jermaine Paul, then again in Season 3 with Cassadee Pope, Season 4 with Danielle Bradbery, Season 7 with Craig Wayne Boyd, Season 11 with Sundance Head, Season 13 with Chloe Kohanski, Season 18 with Todd Tilghman. Season 20 with Cam Anthony and most recently he won Season 22 with Bryce Leatherwood.

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