'The Voice' to Debut New Live Cross Battles, Pitting Contestants Head-to-Head

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Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Adam Levine in a promo photo for The Voice. 

The competition is just heating up for the 32 contestants left on The Voice this season. 

The show will debut a new game-changing round called Live Cross Battles, where singers will go head-to-head with artists from opposing teams, NBC announced on Tuesday (April 9). 

Premiering Monday (April 15), the new Live Cross Battles round will begin with the 32 remaining artists. The four superstar judges -- Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton -- will select one artist from their team to compete against a singer from an opposing team.

Each contestant will perform an individual song, and the battle victors -- based on America's votes -- will claim their spot in the top 24 live show. Every artist will face off in a Live Cross Battle, with eight pairs of 16 artists performing April 15 and the remaining pairs competing April 22. The winners will then be announced during each week's Tuesday results show. 

For the first time, coaches will also have the opportunity to save or steal eliminated artists. Each coach will get one save and one steal over the course of Live Cross Battles, but will only have 10 seconds to decide in the moment. This likely means The Voices coaches will enter the top 24 with an uneven number of artists on each team --  an unprecendented occurrence for the singing competition.