Thursday, March 3, 2011

"The Voice" Tries to Beat "The X Factor" to the Punch

NBC’s “The Voice” is certainly trying to beat “The X Factor” to as many punches as it can…

Yesterday, NBC announced that Christina Aguilera will be one of the musician coaches. This follows on the heels of the announcement that Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and Cee Lo Green will also be coaches.

Carson Daly will host the show, which is produced by Mark Burnett (“Survivor”).

Here’s a full description of the show from the NBC press release:

“The show’s innovative format features three stages of competition. The first begins with the blind audition, then the competition enters into a battle phase, and finally, the live performance shows. The show’s casting team is working with the music industry and searching the country for the best singers to bring to the blind audition process. During the blind auditions the decisions from the coaches are based solely on voice and not on looks. The coaches hear the contestants perform but they don't get to see them thanks to rotating chairs. If a coach is impressed by the contestant's voice, he/she pushes a button to select the contestant for his/her team. At this point, the coach’s chair will swivel so that he/she can face the contestant he/she has selected. If more than one coach selects the talent, the power shifts to the contestant, who may choose which coach he/she wants to work with throughout the competition.

Once the teams are set, the battle is on. Coaches will dedicate themselves to developing their singers, giving them advice, and sharing the secrets of their success. 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 face-off, the coach must choose which of his/her singers will advance.
At the end of the battle episodes, only the strongest members of each coach's roster remain and proceed to the live stage shows. In this final performance phase of the competition, the top contestants from each team will compete against each other during a live broadcast. The television audience will vote to save one talent on each team, leaving the coach to decide live who they want to save and who will not move on.

At last, each coach will have their best contestant left standing to compete in the finale. From these four, one will be named The Voice-- and will receive the grand prize of a recording contract and $100,000.”

The show will premiere Tuesday, April 26th at 9 p.m. on NBC…

Photo Credit: NBC