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The Voice U.S Season 6

SEASON 6 - 2014

The sixth season of the American reality talent show The Voice began on February 24, 2014 on NBC and was scheduled to end on May 20, 2014. The show is hosted by Carson Daly. Adam Levine and Blake Shelton returned as coaches for their sixth season, while Shakira and Usher returned for their second season after being replaced by original coaches Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green in season 5. New for this season is the discontinuation of the Knockout Round, the introduction of the "Battles, Round 2" and the elimination of the live interactive component of the Playoffs.

Artists serving as mentors for the first battle rounds included Miranda Lambert (Shelton's wife) for Team Shakira, The Band Perry for Team Blake, Jill Scott for Team Usher and Aloe Blacc for Team Adam. With the replacement of the Knockout Round with the "Battles, Round 2", Coldplay frontman Chris Martin served as the sole advisor for all four teams.

Blind Auditions

The Blind Auditions were taped between October 10 and 13, 2013 with Usher and Shakira returning. The first episode of the Blind auditions premiered on February 24, 2014.

Battles - Round 1

"The Battles, Round 1" (episodes 8 to 13) consisted of two 2-hour episodes and two 1-hour episodes each on March 17, 18, 24 and 25, 2014. There were also two recap episodes that aired on March 23 and 30, 2014. Continuing with the format introduced in Season 3, the coaches can steal two losing artists from another coach. Contestants who win their battle or are stolen by another coach will advance to "The Battles, Round 2", a new round replacing the Knockout round of previous seasons.

Battles - Round 2

"The Battles, Round 2" took place during episodes 14-16 on March 31, April 1, and April 7 respectively. Unlike the first round of The Battles, each team shared the same advisor, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. Coaches gave each Battle pairing a list of songs and each pair must agreed on which song to sing. Each coach was allowed one steal this round, like the Knockout round of previous seasons.

The Playoffs

The new Playoffs began on April 8 and comprised episodes 17, 18, and 19. Distinct from seasons four and five, the season six Playoffs are pre-recorded, thus featuring no interactive viewer component, and therefore no subsequent results shows. The top twenty artists perform for the coaches, with each coach eliminating two artists from their teams. The remaining top twelve artists advance to the live shows.

Live Shows

The live shows is the final phase of the competition. It consists of five weekly shows and the season finale. For season six, the show expanded upon the "Instant Save" introduced in season five; once the three artists with the lowest vote totals are announced during the results show (except the Live Finale), each of those three artists sing an additional song before the Twitter voting window opens. Also, "Instant Save" vote totals are shown in a ticker bar onscreen during its five-minute voting window (including throughout the commercial break) to update viewers on each contestant's percentage of votes.

Finals

The Top 3 performed on Monday, May 19, 2014, with the season finale on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Performances in this round consisted of a "fans choice" reprise performance of a song from earlier in the season, a duet with the respective coach, and a solo song.