You see, The Voice isn't like a regular singing competition show, it's a cool singing competition show. And, like all cool shows, it comes with its own set of rules. Most importantly, the coaches can "steal" singers from their fellow coaches, therefore, adding another level of competition to the already high-stakes show. Season 14 follows Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys, and Adam Levine battle it out in the hopes of finding the next "voice." But, some viewers are still confused about how many steals The Voice coaches get during the season.
So, the rules for stealing contestants are pretty simple. NBC explains that during "The Battle" rounds, a coach can steal a singer from another team. "After the vocal battle, the coach must choose which of his/her singers will advance to the next round of competition, while the losing artist is available to be stolen by another coach," the website explains. "Each coach has two steals during the battle rounds." Seems fair enough, right?
Basically, if Kelly chooses contestant A to move forward in the competition, she risks having contestant B stolen by Adam, Blake, or Alicia. There's a strategy to stealing since the coaches can only steal twice during the battle round. But, The Voice coaches didn't always have the opportunity to steal a contestant — the steal was implemented during Season 3.
"It worked better than we hoped," producer Mark Burnett explained. "It's been a very kind experience. We try to create a very kind experience on this show where people who deserve to stay, have a chance to stay." He compared it to sports adding, "It's like fantasy football. You become incentivized to watch the entire league as opposed as to your own team."
We're sure the coaches won't waste any time when it comes to stealing this season. Let the games begin!