The coaches separate their teams into four groups of three artists each, and the first five groups compete in the ring for a place in the Battle rounds, with the coaches deciding who wins, who loses and who they will save from elimination. This year, each coach has the option of saving their own losing artists, as well as those from other teams, from elimination.
The final five groups compete in the ring, with the coaches choosing which one of the three they will send to the Battle rounds. Each coach still has one Save available to them, which they can use to spare any losing artist, even one from their own team, from elimination.
The final five pairs of artists compete against each other in the battle ring. After the battles, each coach decides which one of their defeated artists will receive a Wild Card, sending them through to join the battle winners in the final rounds.
The final 4 artists from Team Kelly and Team George take to the stage for their first finals performances, before their coaches have to choose one artist each to send home. Adam Lambert makes a guest appearance.