Like most cut-throat competitions, The Voice 2013's up-and-coming pop stars will be subjected to a grueling battle in Season 4, the likes of which we haven't seen since...well, since last season. Check out each phase of the competition with this handy guide, and may the odds be ever in your favor.
Yes, we just referenced The Hunger Games — because honestly The Voice is just as intense.
1. Blind Auditions
During this phase, the contestants perform as the coaches sit with their backs turned in hilarious red swivel chairs and judge them based solely on their voice. The coaches then decide who they want on their teams, and if two coaches go after the same person, the performer gets to pick their coach.
2. Battle Rounds
In this phase, the coaches make two of their team members battle against each other by singing the same song (oh no they did NOT), but only one of them gets advanced to the knockout rounds. Basically, it's the most stressful thing ever and we usually end up eating, like, 10 pizzas just to cure our nerves! Fortunately, last season NBC added the “steal” option. Whichever contestant loses the battle has the opportunity to be stolen by another coach. If more than one coach presses their button, the contestant gets to make the choice. Each coach is allowed two steals, and we like to pretend we do too!
3. Knockout Rounds
Knockout rounds were added to the mix during The Voice Season 3. Teammates do back-to-back performances in front of their coaches, who then eliminate the weakest singer. Each team is cut in half!
3. Live Shows
Contestants from each team compete against each other while the American public (you, yes you!) vote on which power players will advance to the final 12. Meanwhile, the coaches choose one more contestant from their teams and add them to the mix! After this, the final 12 perform weekly and get voted off by the public until just 3 contestants remain!
We know, The Voice is basically more complicated than our taxes.