The Voice (U.S. TV series)
|Created by||John de Mol|
|Directed by||Alan Carter|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||7|
|No. of episodes||173 (as of December 16, 2014)|
|Location(s)||Los Angeles, California|
|Running time||44–104 minutes|
|Picture format||1080i (16:9 HDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original run||April 26, 2011– present|
|Related shows||The Voice (franchise)|
The Voice is an American reality television singing competition broadcast on NBC. Based on the original The Voice of Holland, the concept of the series is to find new singing talent (solo or duets) contested by aspiring singers, age 15 or over, drawn from public auditions. The winner is determined by television viewers voting by telephone, Internet, SMS text, and iTunes Store purchases of the audio-recorded artists' vocal performances. They receive US$100,000 and a "record deal" with Universal Music Group for winning the competition. There have been seven winners of the show to date: Javier Colon, Jermaine Paul, Cassadee Pope, Danielle Bradbery, Tessanne Chin, Josh Kaufman and Craig Wayne Boyd.
The Voice began airing on April 26, 2011, as a spring TV season program. The show proved to be a hit for NBC and was subsequently expanded into the fall cycle when season three premiered on September 10, 2012. The series employs a panel of four coaches who critique the artists' performances. Each coach guides their teams of selected artists through the remainder of the season. They also compete to ensure that their act wins the competition, thus making them the winning coach. The original coaching panel consisted of Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green. Shakira and Usher took the places of Aguilera and Green in seasons four and six. Similarly, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani replaced Shakira and Usher in season seven.
- 1 Conception
- 2 Selection process and format
- 3 Coaches and hosts
- 4 Series overview
- 5 Season synopses
- 6 Reception
- 7 La Voz Kids
- 8 The Voice Live on Tour
- 9 Video game
- 10 Broadcast
- 11 References
- 12 External links
An adaption of The Voice of Holland, NBC announced the show under the name The Voice of America in December 2010; its name was soon shortened to The Voice. In each season, the winner receives $100,000 and a record deal with Universal Republic Records (seasons 1 & 2), Universal Music Group (season 3–).
Selection process and format
Each season begins with the "Blind Auditions", where coaches form their team of artists (8 in season one, 12 in seasons two, four, five, six & seven and 16 in season three) whom they mentor through the remainder of the season. The coaches' chairs are faced towards the audience during artists' performances; those interested in an artist press their button, which turns their chair towards the artist and illuminates the bottom of the chair to read "I want you." At the conclusion of the performance, an artist either defaults to the only coach who turned around, or selects his or her coach if more than one coach expresses interest.
In the "Battle Rounds", each coach pairs two of his or her team members to perform together, then chooses one to advance in the competition. In each season, coaches are assisted by celebrity mentors that are different each season. A new element was added in season three; coaches were given two "steals", allowing each coach to select two individuals who were eliminated during a battle round by another coach.
The Knockout Rounds were also introduced in season three. A pair of artists within a team are selected to sing individual performances in succession. They are not told until a few minutes prior to their performances who their partner is. The artists get to choose their own songs in this round, although they continue to get help and advice from their respective coaches. At the conclusion of the performances, coaches would decide which one of each pair gets to advance to the next round. Just like in the battle rounds, the coaches can steal one eliminated artist from another coach starting with season five.
The "Battles, Round 2" were introduced to replace the Knockout Rounds in season six. Similar to the Knockout Rounds, each singer will be paired randomly within their team. One celebrity key adviser will also assist all four of the coaches and their teams in preparation of these rounds. Coaches give each Battle pairing a list of songs and each pair must agree on which song to sing. Each coach would still decide which of their singers in each pair will advance to the next round. The coaches will also be allowed one steal as well.
In the final live performance phase of the competition, artists perform in weekly shows, where public voting narrows to a final group of artists and eventually declares a winner. The coaches have the power to save one artist that had not received the public's vote that week. As of season two, these artists 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. In the first two seasons, one contestant from each team would advance to the final four. Due to the possibility of having multiple potential winners on the same team, eliminations were adjusted in season three to eliminate contestants who earned the lowest number of votes, thus not guaranteeing a coach and a contestant in the (reduced) final three.
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, text messaging (provided by Sprint), the show's app, and through online votes via NBC.com and Facebook. Each method is limited to ten votes per user. Voting lasts until noon EST the next day.
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. 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 by ten. Starting in season five, the iTunes bonus multiplier is now five for the studio versions of the songs performed by the competitors. The finale's vote count will include a 'Cumulative iTunes Vote Total' of all singles (from top 12 onwards) purchased during and outside of the various voting windows, with iTunes bonuses 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. Season seven reverted to the old style of both artists. With the introduction of the Knockout Rounds in season three, where each contestant sang a separate song, only the winner's single is released.
The "Instant Save" was introduced in season five. During the live elimination episodes, viewers are given a five-minute window to vote for the contestants in danger of elimination by using their Twitter account to decide which contestant will move on to the next show, starting with the Top 12.
Coaches and hosts
CeeLo Green of Gnarls Barkley and Adam Levine of Maroon 5 became the first confirmed coaches in February 2011, followed by Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton in March. Aguilera and Green did not return for season four and were replaced by Shakira and Usher as substitute coaches. Aguilera and Green then returned for season five, while Shakira and Usher returned for season six respectively. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres in February 2014, Green revealed that he will not be returning to The Voice. On March 31, 2014, it was announced that Pharrell Williams would become Green's replacement. On April 19, 2014, it was announced that No Doubt's Gwen Stefani will replace Aguilera in season seven due to her pregnancy. On May 20, 2014, Shakira and Usher confirmed that after season six, they would focus on their music. However, they did not eliminate the possibility of returning. NBC announced on October 14, 2014 that Aguilera would return to the judging panel, following her maternity leave, for the series' eighth season in 2015.
Carson Daly has hosted the series since the inaugural season. Alison Haislip served as the original "backstage, online and social media correspondent" and was replaced by Christina Milian. Milian did not return for season five, due to her commitments as a contestant on season 17 of Dancing with the Stars, at which point Daly assumed her duties as the social media correspondent.
Timeline of coaches
|Cee Lo Green|
- Battle round advisers are first listed.
|^1 During the week of the Top 10 performances, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton brought in Jennifer Hudson, Ron Fair and Scott Hendricks respectively to help them coach their teams.|
|^2 During the week of the Top 8 performances, Cee Lo Green brought in Bill Withers to help coach his contestant Nicholas David on his performance of "Lean on Me".|
|^3 Due to being sick during the rehearsals of the Top 6, Cee Lo Green brought in Pat Monahan to coach his team for the week. Green did however pick the songs which his team members would sing that week and kept in touch with them by phone.|
|^4 The mentors of the Battle Rounds reprised their roles during the week of the Top 10 performances except Joel Madden who was working on The Voice in Australia. Shakira instead brought in Cee Lo Green to help coach her team that week.|
|^5 During the week of the Top 12 performances, Usher brought in his choreographer Aakomon Jones to help coach his team.|
|^6 During the week of the Top 6 performances, Taylor Swift attended Michelle Chamuel's rehearsal of "I Knew You Were Trouble".|
|^7 During the week of the Top 8 performances, Christina Aguilera brought in her choreographer Jeri Slaughter to help coach her team.|
|^8 With the replacement of the Knockout Rounds with the "Battles, Round 2" in season 6, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin served as the sole advisor for every team.|
|^9 During the week of the Top 10 performances, all four coaches brought advisors to help coach their teams. Graham Nash helped Team Adam, busbee helped Team Shakira, Natural helped Team Usher, and Scott Hendricks helped Team Blake.|
|^10 During the week of the Top 8 performances, Adam Levine brought in fellow band member James Valentine and Blake Shelton brought in former season two contestant Gwen Sebastian to help coach their teams.|
|^11 With the return of the Knockout Rounds in season seven, Taylor Swift served as the sole advisor for every team.|
|^12 During the week of the Top 10 performances, all four coaches brought advisors to help coach their teams.|
|^13 During the week of the Top 8 performances, Gwen Stefani brought in Jeri Slaughter to help coach her team.|
|Season||Premiere||Finale||Winner||Runner-up||Other finalist(s)||Winning coach||Hosts|
|1||April 26, 2011||June 29, 2011||Javier Colon||Dia Frampton||Vicci Martinez||Adam Levine||Carson Daly (main)
Alison Haislip (backstage)
|2||February 5, 2012||May 8, 2012||Jermaine Paul||Juliet Simms||Tony Lucca||Blake Shelton||Carson Daly (main)
Christina Milian (backstage)
|3||September 10, 2012||December 18, 2012||Cassadee Pope||Terry McDermott||Nicholas David|
|4||March 25, 2013||June 18, 2013||Danielle Bradbery||Michelle Chamuel||The Swon Brothers|
|5||September 23, 2013||December 17, 2013||Tessanne Chin||Jacquie Lee||Will Champlin||Adam Levine||Carson Daly|
|6||February 24, 2014||May 20, 2014||Josh Kaufman||Jake Worthington||Christina Grimmie||Usher|
|7||September 22, 2014||December 16, 2014||Craig Wayne Boyd||Matt McAndrew||Chris Jamison||Blake Shelton|
The first season of The Voice premiered on April 26, 2011, and concluded on June 29. The coaching panel consisted of Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton. Carson Daly and Alison Haislip respectively appeared as the host and social media correspondent. Contestant auditions were held in Chicago, New York, Miami, Nashville, Minneapolis, Austin, Los Angeles, and Seattle during January and February.
It 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. It became the first new primetime series of the season (from ABC, CBS, NBC, or Fox) to increase in adults 18–49 and total viewers from its first week to its second. Owing to the strong performance of the show, NBC offered expanded two-hour live episodes beginning June 7, following America's Got Talent, with an additional results show.
Each coach was allowed to advance four contestants to the live shows:
Four contestants were advanced to the final round. Colon was announced as the winner of the season, while Frampton was declared the runner-up. Third and fourth places were a draw between McClellan and Martinez.
The second season of The Voice premiered on February 5, 2012 as the lead-out program after Super Bowl XLVI; it concluded on May 8. The original coaching panel remained intact, while Haislip was replaced by Christina Milian as the social media correspondent. Its regular time slot held a 6.7 rating, 17 share in adults 18–49, 17.8 million viewers overall and 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 shows' 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. That season, Kia Motors, Sprint and Starbucks became the official sponsors of The Voice.
Each coach was allowed to advance six contestants to the live shows:
Four contestants were advanced to the final round. Paul was announced as the winner of the season, while Simms was declared the runner-up. Lucca and Mann placed third and fourth, respectively.
The third season of The Voice premiered on September 10, 2012, and concluded on December 18. All personnel returned from the previous season.
Each coach was allowed to advance five contestants to the live shows:
Three contestants were advanced to the final round. Pope was announced as the winner of the season, while McDermott and David placed second and third, respectively.
The fourth season of The Voice premiered on March 25, 2013, and concluded on June 18. The coaching panel was modified for the first time in the series' history, with Shakira and Usher replacing Aguilera and Green during their hiatuses from the program. Daly and Milian continued appearing for their respective positions. 13.64 million viewers tuned in, up from last season by 1.36 million viewers.
Each coach was allowed to advance four contestants to the live shows:
Three contestants were advanced to the final round. Bradbery was announced as the winner of the season, while Chamuel and The Swon Brothers placed second and third, respectively.
The fifth season of The Voice premiered on September 23, 2013, and concluded on December 18. The original coaching panel was reinstated with the returns of Green and Aguilera which was promoted with an advertisement featuring the coaches' cover version of "Reunited" by Peaches & Herb. However, Milian left her position as the social media correspondent before production began, at which point Daly assumed her former duties.
Each coach was allowed to advance five contestants to the live shows:
Three contestants were advanced to the final round. Chin was announced as the winner of the season, while Lee and Champlin placed second and third, respectively.
The sixth season of The Voice premiered on February 24, 2014. After four seasons, Green departed the show and Aguilera took a hiatus. Shakira and Usher then returned to join Levine and Shelton as coaches, and Daly returned as host.
Each coach was allowed to advance three contestants to the live shows:
Three contestants were advanced to the final round. Kaufman was announced as the winner of the season, while Worthington and Grimmie placed second and third, respectively.
The seventh season of The Voice premiered on September 22, 2014. Levine and Shelton returned as coaches, with Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani completing the panel. Later that season Nissan became the official sponsor of The Voice, replacing Kia Motors.
Each coach was allowed to advance five contestants to the live shows:
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|2011||TCA Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming||The Voice||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Breakout Show||Won|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Reality Competition||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Male Personality||Adam Levine||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Female Personality||Christina Aguilera||Nominated|||
|ALMA Award||Favorite TV Reality, Variety, or Comedy Personality or Act||Nominated|||
|2012||GLAAD Media Awards||Outstanding Reality Program||The Voice||Nominated|||
|People's Choice Awards||Favorite TV Competition Show||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Reality Competition||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Male Personality||Cee Lo Green||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Female Personality||Christina Aguilera||Nominated|||
|ALMA Award||Favorite TV Reality, Variety, or Comedy Personality or Act||Won|||
|Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Reality Series – Competition||The Voice||Won|||
|TCA Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming||Nominated|||
|Billboard Mid-Year Music Awards||Best Music Reality Show||Won|||
|Tubey Awards||Best Competitive Reality Show||Nominated|||
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Reality-Competition Program||Nominated|||
|Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Award||Outstanding Art Direction for Variety or Nonfiction Programming||Nominated|||
|Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Award||Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special||Nominated|||
|Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Award||Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series||Nominated|||
|2013||People's Choice Awards||Favorite TV Competition Show||Nominated|||
|People's Choice Awards||Favorite Celebrity Judge||Adam Levine||Nominated|||
|People's Choice Awards||Favorite Celebrity Judge||Christina Aguilera||Nominated|||
|Producer's Guild of America Awards||Outstanding Production in Reality Television Programming||The Voice||Nominated|||
|Kid's Choice Awards||Favorite Reality Show||Nominated|||
|Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Reality Series – Competition||Won|||
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Reality-Competition Program||Won|||
|Billboard Mid-Year Music Awards||Best Music Reality Show||Won|
|2014||People's Choice Awards||Favorite TV Competition Show||Won|
|Producers Guild of America Award||Outstanding Producer of Competition Television||Stijn Bakkers, Burnett, De Mol, Chad Hines, Lee Metzger, Audrey Morrissey, Jim Roush, Kyra Thompson, Nicolle Yaron, Mike Yurchuk, Amanda Zucker||Won|||
|Kids Choice Awards||Favorite Reality Show||The Voice||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Reality Competition Show||Won|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Male Personality||Adam Levine||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Female Personality||Shakira||Won|
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Reality-Competition Program||The Voice||Nominated|||
|Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special||Nominated|
|Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series||Nominated|
|Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Make-up for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic)||Nominated|
|Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming||Nominated|
|Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special||Nominated|
|Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series||Nominated|
|Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Art Direction for Variety, Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program||Nominated|
|Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Cinematography For Reality Programming||Nominated|
|Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Interactive Program||Nominated|
|2015||People's Choice Awards||Favorite TV Competition Show||Won|||
|Producers Guild of America Award||Outstanding Producer of Competition Television||Stijn Bakkers, Burnett, De Mol, Chad Hines, Lee Metzger, Audrey Morrissey, Jim Roush, Kyra Thompson, Mike Yurchuk, Amanda Zucker||Pending|||
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 for a while 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 29, 2012 and a 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.
The fourth season premiered on Monday, March 25, 2013 to a 13.64 million viewer audience, scoring a 4.8 in the 18–49 demographic but fell back to a 12.41 million viewer audience. In the 18–49 demographic, this first episode had a 4.1 score.
The fifth season premiered on Monday, September 23, 2013 scoring 14.98 million viewers and a 5.1 in the 18–49 demographic.
The sixth season premiered on February 24, 2014 and was watched by 15.74 million viewers with a 4.7 rating in the 18–49 demographic. It was up from last season's premiere by .76 million viewers.
The seventh season premiered on September 22, 2014 and was watched by 12.95 million viewers with a 3.9 rating in the 18–49 demographic. It was down from last season's premiere by 2.91 million viewers.
|Season||Time slot (ET)||# Ep.||Premiered||Ended||TV season||Rank||Viewers
Tuesday 10:00 pm (episodes 3–6)
Wednesday 8:15 pm (episode 10)
Wednesday 8:00 pm (finale)
Monday 8:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 pm (episodes 3, 19)
Thursday 8:00 pm (episode 20)
Tuesday 8:00 pm (episodes 2, 4, 6)
Tuesday 9:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 pm (episode 15)
- 10:19–10:30 = 46.786 million viewers (retention: 76.68% – football game itself reached a peak of 118.355 million viewers)
- 10:30–10:45 = 39.494 million viewers
- 10:45–11:00 = 36.310 million viewers
- 11:00–11:15 = 32.630 million viewers
- 11:15–11:21 = 31.792 million viewers
La Voz Kids
In 2013, American Spanish-language network Telemundo (a subsidiary of NBCUniversal Television Group) introduced a children's version of The Voice in Spanish called La Voz Kids. It featured contestants, ages 7 to 15. Prizes include $50,000 cash for their education and a recording contract with Universal Music Group. The show debuted on May 5, 2013, and is hosted by Jorge Bernal (from ¡Suelta La Sopa!) and Daisy Fuentes. The coaches in season one were Prince Royce, Paulina Rubio, and Roberto Tapia. The first season aired 13 episodes with the season finale airing on July 28, 2013.
Season two saw Natalia Jiménez replace Paulina Rubio as one of the coaches. The other coaches and hosts remained the same.
The Voice Live on Tour
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In the final episode of the first season, Carson Daly announced a summer concert tour. This tour had six stops across the United States, including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Boston, Wallingford and New York. The tour featured the top two finalists from each team, including Javier Colon, Dia Frampton, Vicci Martinez, Beverly McClellan, Xenia, Frenchie Davis, Nakia, and Casey Weston. Out of the six dates, the New York show was a sell-out. However, as overall ticket sales were lackluster, the tour was canceled in subsequent seasons. In 2014, the tour was resumed from June 21, 2014 to August 2, 2014, including the contestants of seasons five and six, and season one contestant Dia Frampton.
The Voice: I Want You is a video game based on the television show releasing on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and Wii U on October 21, 2014 published by Activision. The game includes a microphone and it has songs based on the show including songs performed by the coaches.
The show premiered in Canada on April 26, 2011 on CTV. In Asia, the series aired on August 21, 2011 on AXN. It premiered in New Zealand on July 16, 2011 on TV2, in Australia on August 9, 2011 on Go!, in South Africa on October 5, 2011 on SABC 3, and on March 31, 2012 in the Philippines on Studio 23.
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