Season 6 of "The Voice" is well underway, and the competition heads to the fans' hands this week as live rounds begin.
The St. Louis area remains well represented as Tess Boyer has climbed into the Top 10. The season started out with three from Missouri, Boyer, the Walker Brothers and Patrick Thomson.
We'll follow their progress but also give you all of the insights that you need to know for this season.
Monday, "The Voice" will try a new social experiment with pre-party #VoiceTailgate. Fans of the show can engage with artists and coaches via Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Facebook, Snapchat, Pinterest and Tumblr using the hashtag. During the live show, host Carson Daly will mention some of the highlights of the party.
"The Voice" airs Mondays and Tuesdays, starting at 7 p.m. on NBC.
Prelaw student Tess Boyer grew up in Glen Carbon, Ill. The Team Usher contestant has been involved in pageants and dancing her entire life and was even a St. Louis Rams cheerleader. Her top passion in life has been singing. She's starting to build momentum on social media by creating her hashtag for competition of #TESSTIFY. Tess has hung in the competition strong after losing in both battle rounds but has stayed alive with steals from coaches and she is now on Team Shakira. The singer earned her spot into the Top 12 and live rounds with a strong performance in the playoffs, and last week, fans saved her using social media.
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The Festus native made it onto Team Adam with his rendition of "Can't You See" by The Marshall Tucker Band. The retail store manager grew up around music as his mom performed in a folk band. Monday, Thomson lost to Kat Perkins in the battle rounds, but Shakira stole Thomson, and he survived the battle rounds. Shakira decided to go in another direction for the live rounds though, and he and Deja Hall were sent home.
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The Brothers Walker/@BrothersWalker
These Missouri twin brothers hail from the small town of Bernie, where Coty runs a recording studio while Clinton teaches in an area school. The brothers are giving themselves another shot to make it big in the industry by competing on Team Usher. The twins lost in the battle rounds to Morgan Wallen this past Tuesday night.
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"The Voice" focuses on finding just what it says the next big "voice" that will shine in the music industry. There are four stages of competition – the blind auditions, the battle rounds, the knockout rounds and finally the live performances. Throughout the competition, the contestants are guided by four celebrity musicians. Singers Blake Shelton and Adam Levine, of Maroon 5 fame, have each participated on every season of the show. Singers Usher and Shakira are taking their second turn in the chair from the other two original coaches, Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green. However, CeeLo Green recently announced he would not return for another season.
The blind auditions, which recently wrapped last Tuesday, allow the four coaches to listen to the voice of the contestant only without seeing. If the judge's interest is piqued enough, then they can hit a button and turn their chair around, indicating they want that person on their team. If only one judge turns, the person automatically makes it onto the show and that person's team. If more than one judge – or all four – turn their chairs, then the contestant can pick who they want to coach them.
If you make it past blind auditions, you move onto the battle rounds. This season, the teams had to survive two sets of battle rounds. Coaches pit two of their contestants against each other as well as mentor, counsel and prepare them – alongside another celebrity advisor – for the battle. Once the battle concludes, the coach picks the winner. The losing contestant might go home or another coach could "steal" the contestant. Each coach gets two steals during the first battle round. In the second set, contestants have no idea who they face and must work with their opponent to choose the song. The second battle rounds only allow the coaches one steal.
After the battle rounds, the playoffs start, where contestants must put their best foot forward. The coach's five contestants give their performance all they have in order to make it to the Top 12 or their coach's final three.
After those competitive rounds end, the choice turns to the viewers. Artists perform live each week, and viewers decide who stays and who goes home. The audience can save their favorite artists, but the two artists with the lowest votes go home.
The competition continues until one person is named "The Voice."
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