'The Voice' recap: Battle Vocale

What do you do when the first two installments of your new singing show earn record ratings? If you're NBC, the answer is simple: In Episode 3, change the show's format completely and shuffle it into a later time slot. Tonight, we bid both the blind auditions and the 9-10PM hour adieu as The Voice began its next stage -- the Battle Rounds. In this heat, each coach pairs two teammates and challenges them to perform a duet. When the music stops, the coach must decide which singer stays and which one is sent packing. Battles will continue until Cee Lo, Christina, Blake, and Adam have each cut their teams in half.

After the excitement and novelty of the audition rounds, I was worried that Stage 2 of The Voicewould feel dull by comparison. Luckily, Tuesday's show proved that even when they're not pushing those big red buttons, The Voice's coaches are a lot of fun to watch -- and the artists they've chosen are seriously talented. Evidently, the series should be able to keep viewers interested even after dispensing with its best-known gimmick... though I do wonder whether the additional celebrity mentors are truly necessary. Maybe they'll make a bigger impression in weeks to come, but as of now, I'd be hard-pressed to pinpoint what any of the four new faces added to The Voice. Read More...



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