The Voice

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The Voice is an American reality talent show on the NBC television network. Based on the reality singing competition The Voice of Holland, the series was created by Dutch television producer John de Mol and is executive produced by Mark Burnett. It is part of an international series. The show's first season premiered on April 26, 2011 and ended on June 29, 2011, with Javier Colon being the show's first season's winner. The Voice proved to be a hit for NBC. The second season premiered February 5, 2012, immediately following NBC's broadcast of Super Bowl XLVI, and ended on May 8, 2012, with Jermaine Paul declared the winner. The third season ran from September 10, 2012 to December 18, 2012, with Cassadee Pope becoming the winner.

Season four is scheduled to premiere on March 25, 2013. This is the first season not to have Christina Aguilera or Cee Lo Green as coaches as they decided to leave in order to focus on their music careers. They will be substituted by Shakira and Usher.


The series is part of The Voice franchise and is based on a similar competition format in the Netherlands entitled The Voice of Holland won by Ben Saunders. The first American series was hosted by Carson Daly, with Alison Haislip serving as the backstage and social networking correspondent. The winner received $100,000 and a record deal with Universal Republic Records (seasons 1"2), Universal Music Group (season 3). Daly and the entire judging panel returned for season two; however, Christina Milian replaced Haislip as the social media correspondent.


The series consists of three phases: a blind audition, a battle phase, and live performance shows. Four judges/coaches, all noteworthy recording artists, choose teams of contestants through a blind audition process. Each judge has the length of the auditioner's performance (about ninety seconds) to decide if he or she wants that singer on his or her team. If two or more judges want the same singer (as happens frequently), the singer has the final choice of coach.

Each team of singers is mentored and developed by its respective coach. In the second stage, called the battle phase, coaches have two of their team members battle against each other directly by singing the same song together, with the coach choosing which team member to advance from each of individual "battles" into the first live round. Within that first live round, the surviving acts from each team again compete head-to-head, with public votes determining one of two acts from each team that will advance to the final six, while the coach chooses which of the remaining three acts comprises the other performer remaining on the team.

In the final phase, the remaining contestants compete against each other in live broadcasts for the public's vote. The coaches have the power to save one contestant that had not received the public's vote that week. As of season two, these contestants would give a last chance performance to win their coach's save. However, in deciding who moves on to the final four phase, the television audience and the coaches have equal say 50/50. With one team member remaining for each coach, the contestants compete against each other in the finale where the outcome is decided solely by public vote.

Development, production and marketing

In mid-December 2010, NBC announced its intention to bring an adaptation of The Voice of Holland to the United States. The series was originally named The Voice of America, but when audition locations were announced a few days later, the title had already been shortened to The Voice. In late February 2011, NBC began announcements of the coaches/judges for the series. First to sign on were Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine (frontman for Maroon 5). Christina Aguilera came on board in early March 2011. Blake Shelton was added as the final judge a few days later. Carson Daly is the show's host. Alison Haislip was announced as the show's "backstage online and social media correspondent".

All four musician coaches of NBC's The Voice"?Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton"?returned for season two. In October 2011, Grammy Award nominated singer-actress Christina Milian was named as the new Social Media Correspondent.

The Voice premiered April 26, 2011, and delivered the highest 18"49 rating for a series premiere on a major broadcast network since Undercover Boss debuted after the Super Bowl in February 2010, according to updated "live plus same day" viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research. The show then grew in its second week in both adults 18"49 and total viewers from its strong premiere numbers of a week earlier, making it the first new primetime series on ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox this season to increase from its first week to its second, according to updated "live plus same day" viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research.

The show later added singers Reba McEntire, Monica and Sia, and music producer Adam Blackstone, who joined the series as advisers to musician coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera. for the "Battles" competition phase in season one.

Owing to the strong performance of The Voice, NBC offered expanded two-hour live episodes of the vocal competition show beginning June 7 (9"11 p.m. ET) following original episodes of America's top-rated summer show America's Got Talent (8"9 p.m. ET). NBC also added an extra results show to the series. The live season finale on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, included Stevie Nicks, Pat Monahan (lead singer of Train) and Ryan Tedder (lead singer of OneRepublic).

The Voice returned for season two on February 5, after the Super Bowl and from 8"10 p.m. ET, the regular time period debut of the show (6.7 rating, 17 share in adults 18"49, 17.8 million viewers overall) dominated the 8"10 p.m. ET time period, winning every half-hour in adults 18"49, adults 18"34, adults 25"54 and total viewers versus first-run competition on ABC, CBS, Fox and CW.

The Voice continued premiere on Monday delivered NBC's highest 18"49 rating in this time period, excluding Olympics, in nearly eight years (since February 16, 2004) and the network's biggest overall non-Olympic viewership in the slot since January 15, 2007.

In addition, three premier advertisers signed on as official sponsors of season two. Kia Motors, Sprint and Starbucks Coffee Company will appear throughout the season in a series of on-air integrations, branding opportunities and extensive digital programs. All three sponsors will appear in The Voice post Super Bowl episode.

During season two, the coaches enlisted multi-platinum singer-songwriters Alanis Morissette, Robin Thicke, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Ne-Yo, Jewel, and Lionel Richie to lend their knowledge and skills as advisers to six separate artists on Teams Adam (Levine), Blake (Shelton), Cee Lo (Green) and Christina (Aguilera) during the season's "battle rounds" phase of competition.

Music Releases and Voting System

In a first for a music competition series, NBC and Universal Republic Records offered fans of the show the ability to vote for their favorite artists by purchasing the studio versions of the songs that they perform on the live show each week via the iTunes Store. Alternative methods of voting can be done through toll-free phone calls and through online votes via Each method is limited to 10 votes per user.

As of the top 12 results show of season three, producers made changes in the voting system with regards to iTunes singles purchases. Previous voting via iTunes purchases of contestant performances had previously only counted singly during the official voting window and only accredited to the live show in concern. As of this week in the competition, if a competitor's performance charts within the Top 10 of the iTunes "Top 200 Singles Chart" during this window, it will be given an iTunes bonus that multiplies iTunes votes made in the 24-hour voting window by ten. The finale's vote count will have include a 'Cumulative iTunes Vote Total' of all singles (from top 12 onwards) purchased during and outside of the various voting windows, with iTunes bonus previously earned.

Only the studio recording of the contestants' performances, not the live performance, are available on iTunes. In the first season, the battle rounds were recorded in the studio with both artists in the pairing. However, from season two onwards, only the winner's version of the song from the battle round is released. With the introduction of the Knockout Rounds in season three, where each contestant sang a separate song, only the winner's single is released.

Coaches and their finalists

The original coaches and vocal mentors are Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton. Shakira and Usher will replace Aguilera and Green for the fourth season; Aguilera and Green will reprise their positions for the fifth season.

Contestant placing: Names of contestants who appeared in Final 4 appear in bold with eventual winners in bigger bold letters.

Coach placing: {{colorbox}} Winner {{colorbox}} 2nd place {{colorbox}} 3rd place {{colorbox}} 4th place

  • Javier Colon (1st)
  • Casey Weston
  • Jeff Jenkins
  • Devon Barley
  • Vicci Martinez (3rd/4th)
  • Nakia
  • Curtis Grimes
  • The Thompson Sisters
    (Tori & Taylor)
  • Beverly McClellan (3rd/4th)
  • Frenchie Davis
  • Lily Elise
  • Raquel Castro
  • Dia Frampton (2nd)
  • Xenia
  • Jared Blake
  • Patrick Thomas
  • 2
  • Tony Lucca (3rd)
  • Katrina Parker
  • Mathai
  • Pip
  • Karla Davis
  • Kim Yarbrough
  • Juliet Simms (2nd)
  • Jamar Rogers
  • Cheesa
  • James Massone
  • Erin Martin
  • Tony Vincent
  • Chris Mann (4th)
  • Lindsey Pavao
  • Ashley De La Rosa
  • Jesse Campbell
  • Moses Stone
  • Sera Hill
  • Jermaine Paul (1st)
  • Erin Willett
  • RaeLynn
  • Jordis Unga
  • Charlotte Sometimes
  • Naia Kete
  • 3
  • Amanda Brown
  • Melanie Martinez
  • Bryan Keith
  • Loren Allred
  • Joselyn Rivera
  • Nicholas David (3rd)
  • Trevin Hunte (4th)
  • Cody Belew
  • MacKenzie Bourg
  • Diego Val
  • Dez Duron
  • Sylvia Yacoub
  • Adriana Louise
  • De'Borah
  • Devyn DeLoera
  • Cassadee Pope (1st)
  • Terry McDermott (2nd)
  • Michaela Paige
  • Julio Cesar Castillo
  • Liz Davis
  • Season
    Note: In season one, the 3rd and 4th placing was a draw.

    Season synopses

    {{colorbox}} " Team Adam
    {{colorbox}} " Team Blake
    {{colorbox}} " Team Cee Lo
    {{colorbox}} " Team Christina
    {{colorbox}} Team Shakira
    {{colorbox}} Team Usher
    Season Duration dates Winner Second Third Fourth
    1 4/26/2011 " 6/29/2011 Javier Colon Dia Frampton Beverly McClellan*
    Vicci Martinez*
    2 2/5/2012 " 5/8/2012 Jermaine Paul Juliet Simms Tony Lucca Chris Mann
    3 9/10/2012 " 12/18/2012 Cassadee Pope Terry McDermott Nicholas David Trevin Hunte
    4 3/25/2013 "
    *In season one, third and fourth place was a draw

    Season 1: 2011

    The first season premiered on NBC on April 26, 2011 and the final results show was on June 29, 2011. The winner of the series was Javier Colon from coach Adam Levine's team.

    Performers Song Result
    Javier Colon "Stitch by Stitch" Winner
    Dia Frampton "Inventing Shadows" 1st Runner-up
    Beverly McClellan "Lovesick" 2nd/3rd Runner-up
    Vicci Martinez "Afraid to Sleep"

    Season 2: Spring 2012

    The Voice returned to NBC for a second season including a special edition immediately following the network's coverage of Super Bowl XLVI on February 5, 2012. All four coaches are returning for season two with Christina Milian taking over the social media correspondent spot from Alison Haislip. The winner was Jermaine Paul from Team Blake. The runner-ups were Juliet Simms (2nd), Tony Lucca (3rd), and Chris Mann (4th).

    Performers Song Result
    Jermaine Paul "I Believe I Can Fly" Winner
    Juliet Simms "Free Bird" 1st runner-up
    Tony Lucca "99 Problems" 2nd runner-up
    Chris Mann "You Raise Me Up" 3rd runner-up

    Season 3: Fall 2012

    The third season premiered on September 10, 2012. Early auditions, in front of producers, started in early March. All original coaches remain. The team mentors have been decided as Mary J. Blige for Levine's team, Michael Bublé for Shelton's team, Rob Thomas (lead singer of Matchbox Twenty) for Green's team, and Billie Joe Armstrong (front man of Green Day) for Aguilera's team. Producers have confirmed a few changes that have been implemented this season, to avoid having multiple singers deserving of being in the final four on the same team. Each coach will be able to select 16 contestants, instead of 12, to be on their initial team. Then, during the battle rounds, each coach will have two 'steals' to pick up singers from another team. The knockout rounds follow, where the coaches pair up two singers who sing a song of their choice. The coach then eliminates one of the singers in each pair. Each coach will bring only five contestants to the live shows. For the first time of the series, when the coach will not be guaranteed a spot to the finals. This is the first season to feature three performers in the finale instead of four. The winner was Cassadee Pope from Team Blake. The runner-up was Terry McDermott with Nicholas David in third place.

    Performers Song Result
    Cassadee Pope "Cry" Winner
    Terry McDermott "Broken Wings" 1st runner-up
    Nicholas David "Great Balls of Fire/Fire" 2nd runner-up

    Season 4: Spring 2013

    The fourth season is scheduled to premiere on March 25, 2013 on NBC. It will be the first season with Shakira and Usher replacing Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green as judges.

    Future seasons

    The Voice is expected to have a fifth season with Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green returning as judges.


    The first season premiered strong at 11.78 million viewers, and actually grew upon that audience through its first season. In the 18"49 demographic, the show constantly found itself in the top 5. For its average season rating, the show landed itself as No. 20 with total viewers at nearly 12 million viewers. In the 18"49 rankings, the show was No. 4 at a 5.4 ranking.

    The second season premiered on Super Bowl Sunday, February 5, 2012, and has since managed to keep a 6.0 in the adults 18"49 demographic and 17 million viewers. Partnering The Voice with Smash (NBC's musical drama) helped NBC win the Monday night ratings. However, by Monday, April 9, the ratings had fallen to a 4.0 rating in the adult 18"49 demographic.

    The third season premiered on Monday, September 10, 2012 to 12.28 million viewers and a 4.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic and has since then grown to a season high 4.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic on October 8, October 15 and October 29, 2012 and 4.9 rating in the finale. The Voice, along with NBC's new drama, Revolution has once again led NBC to win every Monday night of the season so far, just like it did last season. On Tuesdays, comedies Go On and The New Normal have been successful thanks to The Voice, leading NBC to be the only network of the Big 5 to grow in ratings from last season.

    Season Time slot (ET) # Ep. Premiered Ended TV season Rank Viewers
    (in millions)
    Date Premiere viewers
    (in millions)
    Date Finale viewers
    (in millions)
    Tuesday 9:00pm (episodes 1"2, 7"9, 11)
    Tuesday 10:00pm (episodes 3"6)
    Wednesday 8:15pm (episode 10)
    Wednesday 8:00pm (finale)
    April 26, 2011
    June 29, 2011
    11.05 2010"11 #20 12.33
    Sunday 10:21pm
    Monday 8:00pm
    Tuesday 9:00pm
    February 5, 2012
    May 8, 2012
    11.90 2011"12 #9 15.67
    Monday 8:00pm
    Tuesday 8:00pm
    Wednesday 8:00pm (episodes 3, 19)
    Thursday 8:00pm (episode 20)
    September 10, 2012
    December 18, 2012
    14.13 2012"13 #11 14.16
    Monday 8:00pm
    Tuesday 8:00pm
    March 25, 2013
    May 2013

    International broadcasting

    Country / Region Channel Airing
    CTV April 26, 2011
    TVA January 20, 2013
    TV2 July 16, 2011
    Dubai One November, 2011
    GO! August 9, 2011
    South Asia:

    Southeast Asia:

    East Asia:

    AXN Asia August 21, 2011
    SABC 3 October 5, 2011
    Mnet November 25, 2011
    (Flanders) vtm November 25, 2011
    (Wallonia) La Une December 20, 2011
    TV2 November 26, 2011
    TF1 February 25, 2012
    ProTV October 4, 2011
    Top Channel October, 2011
    Fox Life October 8, 2012
    Telefe April/May, 2012
    RT"? One January 8, 2012
    Skjár einn September 14, 2012
    Nelonen April 27, 2012
    TV2 January, 2012
    Televisa February 15, 2012
    Latin America:

    BBC Entertainment February 15, 2012
    LNK 2012- No confirmed
    Channel 2 (Israel) September 15, 2011
    Studio 23 March 31, 2012
    Caracol TV October 1, 2012
    Telecinco September 19, 2012
    TV2 October, 2012
    [[1+1]] May 22, 2011
    Channel One October 5, 2012


    Year Award Category Recipients Result
    2011 TCA Awards Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming The Voice
    Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Breakout Show The Voice
    Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Reality Competition The Voice
    Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Male Personality Adam Levine
    Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Female Personality Christina Aguilera
    ALMA Award Favorite TV Reality, Variety, or Comedy Personality or Act Christina Aguilera
    2012 GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Reality Program The Voice
    People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Competition Show The Voice
    Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Reality Competition The Voice
    Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Male Personality Cee Lo Green
    Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Female Personality Christina Aguilera
    ALMA Award Favorite TV Reality, Variety, or Comedy Personality or Act Christina Aguilera
    Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Reality Series - Competition The Voice
    TCA Awards Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming The Voice
    Billboard Mid-Year Music Awards Best Music Reality Show The Voice
    Tubey Awards Best Competitive Reality Show The Voice
    Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Reality-Competition Program The Voice
    Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Award Outstanding Art Direction for Variety or Nonfiction Programming The Voice
    Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Award Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special The Voice
    Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Award Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series The Voice
    2013 People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Competition Show The Voice
    People's Choice Awards Favorite Celebrity Judge Adam Levine
    People's Choice Awards Favorite Celebrity Judge Christina Aguilera
    Producer's Guild of America Awards Outstanding Production in Reality Television Programming The Voice

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