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Christina Aguilera joining NBC's new 'The Voice' singing competition


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/02/2011 

Christina Aguilera is coming to reality TV.

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NBC has announced Aguilera will serve as a coach for The Voicethe new American Idol-like reality singing competition the network will premiere on Tuesday, April 26 at 9PM ET/PT.

Aguilera will join previously announced coaches Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine on The Voice, which will also feature a fourth as-of-yet unannounced coach.

"I am so excited to be part of such a wonderful project that celebrates music and the talent behind it. To be given the opportunity to help shape new artists' careers and mentor them to see their dreams come to fruition is a task I welcome with open arms," Aguilera said.

"I am so happy to be working with fellow Grammy Award winners Adam and Cee Lo as I feel there is so much we can all bring to The Voice."

According to executive producer Mark Burnett, he had envisioned Aguilera as the ideal female candidate from the moment he began working on The Voice -- which NBC first announced in December and is based The Voice of Holland, a Dutch reality series created by fellow reality TV pioneer John de Mol.

"When I decided to produce The Voice, I immediately knew that my first choice for a female coach had to be Christina Aguilera. Christina has a perfect voice and is an undeniable force in the music business. She is the epitome of The Voice," Burnett said.

Hosted by Carson Daly, The Voice will feature three phases of competition. During the "blind auditions" phase, the coaches will select singers and form their own teams, basing their decisions solely on the sound of the singers' voices, as they will not have the ability to view or judge the artists' physical appearances.  If more than one coach selects the same talent, the contestant will get to choose who they want to work with.

Once the four coaches' teams are established, they will -- similar to Simon Cowell's The X Factor reality competition, which Fox will premiere in America this fall -- train and mentor their singers with professional help and prepare them for the "battle" phase. During the battle rounds, the coaches will have two of their own team members face off vocally and then decide which singer will advance. 

In the third phase, the remaining singers on each team will compete against each other during live performance shows, after which home viewers will get to vote to save one member of each team and each coach will have to eliminate one or more of the other members of their team.

Once each coach's team is narrowed to a single contestant, the four remaining singers will compete directly against each other in the finale and viewers will vote to crown one of them "The Voice," winning the singer $100,000 and a recording contract with Universal Music Group.



(Photo credit NBC)


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