For this season, teams increased to 16, up from 12 last season. In addition, during the battle round, opposing coaches have the ability to steal the singer that was sent home by the original coach. If more than one coach hits their buzzer to recruit the singer in question, it’s up to the contestant to decide which coach he or she wants to work with. Each coach can save two contestants, which means the battle round will end with 10 singers on each team, rather than eight. Finally, a new two-week “knockout round” will happen after the battle round, where the coaches will reduce their teams to five.
Auditions were held on July 7 to August 12, 2012 in Memphis, Minneapolis, New York, Dallas and Los Angeles.
The battle round resumes. Advisers are Billie Joe Armstrong, Mary J. Blige, Michael Buble and Rob Thomas.