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The Voice 2012 premieres tonight in a three-night event, kicking off the third season.

Tonight’s two-hour episode starts at 8 pm on NBC and opens with a performance by the four coaches — Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine — performing together and is followed by the start of the blind auditions. On Tuesday, the blind auditions continue at 8 pm in a one-hour episode. Wednesday night’s one-hour blind auditions episode will wrap the first week.

For a refresher course on how The Voice works, check out the details after the jump.

The show’s innovative format features four stages of competition: the blind audition, the battle round, the brand new knockouts and
finally, the live performance shows.

During the blind auditions, the decisions from the musician coaches are based solely on voice and not on looks. The coaches hear the artists perform, but they don’t get to see them — thanks to rotating
chairs. If a coach is impressed by the artist’s voice, he/she pushes a
button to select the artist for his/her team. At this point, the coach’s
chair will swivel so that he/she can face the artist he/she has selected.
If more than one coach pushes their button, the power then shifts to the artist to choose which coach they want to work with. If no coach pushes their button, the artist is eliminated from the competition

Once the teams are set, the battle is on. Coaches will dedicate themselves to developing their team of artists, giving them advice, and sharing the secrets of their success along with the help from their celebrity advisers. During the battle rounds, the coaches will pit two of their own team members against each other to sing the same song together in
front of a studio audience. After the vocal battle, the coach must choose
which of his/her singers will advance to the next round of competition, while the losing artist is available to be stolen by another coach.

At the end of the battles, only the strongest members of each coach’s roster remain and proceed to the new knockout rounds. The artists
will be paired again with a member of their team, but this time they find out only minutes before performing who they are being compared against. The artists each select their own song to perform individually, while their direct competitor watches and waits. They are vying for their coach’s confidence and decision to take them to the live shows. Their coach will choose the winner and the artist not selected will be sent home.

In the final live performance phase of the competition, the top artists from each team will compete each week against each other during a live broadcast. The television audience will vote to save their favorite artists and the two artists with the lowest number of votes will be sent home each week. In the end, one will be named “The Voice” and will receive the grand prize of a recording contract. “The Voice” is a presentation of Mark Burnett’s One Three Inc., Talpa Media USA Inc. and Warner Horizon Television. The series is created by John de Mol, who executive-produces along with Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Stijn Bakkers and Lee Metzger. SOURCE: NBC

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