Update: NBC has issued a press release about the extended episodes.
via: press release:
NBC’S ‘THE VOICE’ ANNOUNCES TWO-HOUR TUESDAY BROADCASTS ON APRIL 30
AND MAY 7 THAT WILL BUILD DRAMA OF UPCOMING KNOCKOUT AND LIVE
Hit Vocal Competition Series Also Features Special Live Wednesday-night Edition on May 8 Where Final Top 12 Artists Will Be Revealed
“The Voice” Concludes with Season Finale on June 18
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – March 18, 2013 – NBC’s “The Voice” will feature a pair of two-hour Tuesday broadcasts (8-10 p.m. ET) on both April 30 and May 7 that will showcase the exciting Knockout rounds on April 30 and spotlight the crucial live Playoffs episode on the May 7 broadcast.
“The Voice” then will follow with a dramatic live Wednesday-night edition on May 8 (8-9 p.m. ET) where the final Top 12 artists will be revealed.
The hit vocal competition series will climax with its eventful live season finale on Tuesday, June 18 (9-11 p.m. ET).
In addition, “Ready for Love” will air a one-hour edition (10-11 p.m. ET) following “The Voice” on Tuesday, April 30 and May 7.
“The Voice” returns on Monday, March 25 (8-10 p.m. ET) with the strongest vocalists from across the country invited to compete in the blockbuster vocal competition show’s fourth season. Celebrity musician coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton return along with new coaches, Usher and Shakira, while Carson Daly continues to serve as host and Christina Milian as social media correspondent.
The show’s innovative format features four stages of competition: the first begins with the blind auditions, then the battle rounds, the knockouts and finally, the live performance shows.
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.
via press release:
NBC has announced that the Tuesday April 30 and Tuesday, May 7 episodes of The Voice will be two hours long. The April 30 episode will feature the Knockout Round while the live playoffs will be featured on May 7. In addition, the show will air a one hour Wednesday episode on May 8, in which the top 12 contestants will be announced.