‘The Voice’s’ Carson Daly and Cee Lo Green Preview ‘The Steal': It’s Like ‘Gladiator’ (VIDEO)

By: Lauren DiMascio / October 8, 2012

When NBC’s The Voice begins the battle rounds Monday, the gloves will come off for coaches Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green as “the steal” is incorporated.

During a press conference and screening of Monday’s brand new episode attended by Celebuzz, Carson Daly told reporters the addition of “the steal” has made the show “like Gladiator.”

The steal allows a coach to pick up a singer another coach dropped from their team during their battle and we’ve seen just how well it works in the epic showdown between Team Cee Lo contenders, Trevin Hunte and Amanda Brown. During the battle rounds, each coach will be given the opportunity to steal two contestants from another’s team bringing their total amount of team members to 10 before the knockout round begins.

“I think you’ll see the steals added a level of intensity, because you see the coaches light up,” Daly told the room. “You know, the chairs are sort of back in action. The power shifting is happening again.”

Partially inspired by a Season 1 Team Cee Lo battle between Niki Dawson and Vicci Martinez, in which Dawson had to say goodbye to the show despite her enormous talent, the executive producers had wondered how they would have been able to keep her on the show. Thus “the steal” was born.

What does Green have to say about “the steal”?

The Goodie Mob singer thinks the friendly competition it brings between the judges is great. “Now I get a chance to work with someone and I thought, initially, that I could do a better job with them anyway.”

“As long as they choose me, you know, because you could be not chosen by this particular artist twice,” he added.

Daly also added that “the steal” makes the show better for the contestants.

“The steal enables all of the coaches to be incentivized, to keep their eye on all of the teams, all the contestants,” he said, “which is great ultimately for all the contestants, because our coaches care about all of them, not just their team.”

Excitement will be at an all time high during Monday’s episode as the steal is enacted more than once during the two-hour episode. Will you be watching?

The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 PM on NBC.

Are you excited about “the steal”? Do you think it’s a good addition to the competition? Sound off in the comments below!