The Voice's New Battles Twist Is Way Better Than Last Year's | 10/15/2019 | Amanda Bell
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It wouldn't be a new season of The Voice without some kind of formatting twist. For Season 17, the first major change-up is simple enough: The coaches now have the option to save one of their own contestants from elimination during the battle rounds.

Previously, coaches would have to be careful with the construction of their battle lineups so that they didn't pair too many of their favorites together — not that they'd admit as much, of course — or hold out hope that a co-coach was feeling generous with their steals to save a promising contestant from being booted after a tough battle.

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This new save option came into play right away on Monday night's first battle round. Although he said he was mad at himself for pairing his first battlers together, John Legend definitely seemed to enjoy having two solid singers sparring on Brandy and Monica's 1998 duet "The Boy Is Mine." Ultimately, Legend was able to keep both the round's winner, Khalea Lynee, and the runner-up, Zoe Upkins, on his team — after fighting off a few steal bids from Gwen Stefani and Kelly Clarkson, of course. Having one save bid in his pocket meant Legend got to be a little bolder with at least one of his battle pairings.

The new save option came into play...
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