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NBC Changes The Voice’s Schedule: What Will This Mean for the Show’s Future?

We were thrilled when NBC officially announced that The Voice would be returning for a third season this fall. This announcement came with some other exciting details for the show’s future.

Not only will there be a fall and spring season of The Voice, but we’ll also be seeing our favorite judges spinning in their red chairs even longer.

In the past, the chairs were used only during the blind auditions, but now, the show's creators now want to include the spinning chairs in the battle rounds to appeal to fans who love the “blind” effect the chairs give.

What do these changes mean for our favorite show?

The Voice will be competing with FOX's X Factor in the fall, which runs on Wednesdays and Thursdays to The Voice’s Mondays and Tuesdays. Though The X Factor has done very well, it probably won’t affect The Voice’s ratings.

This season, The Voice was competing directly with American Idol and even beat the popular show in the ratings game. There’s been a lot of hype surrounding Britney Spears’s recent involvement in The X Factor, but we’ve got Xtina (the original “X Factor”!).

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We’re not sure exactly how incorporating the revolving chairs into the battle rounds will work. Maybe it will force the judges to pick a winner based entirely on their vocal strength and not looks (cough, Erin Martin, cough), but it could also keep a judge from seeing a contestant’s comfort or unease on stage.

We like the idea of focusing the competition more on voice, but at some point these contestants will have live performances of their own and they need to be able to prove themselves.

What do you think of NBC’s changes to The Voice’s structure? Are you excited for the new season? Comment below!

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05.14.2012 / 10:47 PM EDT by Rachel McRady
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