More changes are coming to The Voice. This time, one or more teams could be completely eliminated before the finale.

Once the show narrows down the pool of artists to the Top 12, the two contestants with the lowest number of votes each week will be eliminated, no matter what team they’re on.

In the previous two seasons of the NBC singing competition, each coach had one artist representing them in the finale. The new rule change won’t guarantee that, TVLine reports.

Before the start of the show’s third season, NBC announced the addition of the coaches’ steal, allowing each coach to save up to two contestants during the Battle Rounds, as well as the implementation of the new Knockout Rounds.

Each coach recruited 16 contestants to their teams during the Blind Auditions, narrowed them down to 10 during the Battles and will whittle that down to five during the upcoming Knockout Rounds.

Those remaining 20 (five per team) will perform during the live shows, in which America will vote for two contestants from each team, with the coaches saving one more. That’ll narrow the playing field to 12. After that, the two people with the lowest number of votes go home, even if they’re on the same team. So we could see a finale dominated by just one or two teams.

The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC, with the Knockout Rounds starting next week.

What do you think of this new rule? How did you like the steals during the Battle Rounds? Who has the weakest team so far?

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