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Between Sept. 10 and Dec. 18, 2012, The Voice went from 64 contestants to one winner. It was a time-consuming process that often resulted in performances being cut down into montage format, and disgruntled contestants

In Season 3 each of the four teams started with 16 contestants, resulting in a grand total of 64 competitors. So when Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with coach Adam Levine at a press conference in New York City, we had to ask him about the size of the teams next season.

In Season 4, things will be a bit simpler. The teams will consist of 12 contestants each once the Battle Rounds are complete, making for a total of 48 aspiring singers.  

“Sixteen is ridiculous,” Adam admitted. “It’s very hard to find anybody that’s an amazing singer, but 16 people, I think that it was a bit overwhelming for the coaches and even for the audience. It was just a lot. It was almost too much to process. So we’re back to 12 now and I think that’s a better number. That works for everyone.”

We couldn’t agree more! Are you glad the contestant pool will be smaller next season? Weigh in below!