The Voice (U.S. TV series)
|Format||Interactive singing competition|
|Created by||John de Mol
Roel van Velzen
|Presented by||Carson Daly
Cee Lo Green
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||86 (as of May 21, 2013)|
|Executive producer(s)||John de Mol
|Running time||44–104 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Mark Burnett Productions (seasons 1–2)
Warner Horizon Television
One Three Media (season 3)
|Picture format||480i (NTSC)
|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, aged 15 or over, drawn from public auditions. The winner is determined by viewers by voting through telephone, Internet, SMS text, and iTunes Store purchases of contestants' performances; they receive US$1,000,000 and a record deal with Universal Music Group. There have been three winners of the show to date: Javier Colon, Jermaine Paul, and Cassadee Pope.
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 the third season premiered on September 10, 2012. The series employs a panel of four judges who critique the contestants' performances. Each judge also serves as a coach, guiding their teams of selected contestants through the remainder of the season. They also compete to ensure that their act wins the competition, thus making them the winning judge. The original judging panel consisted of Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton. The lineup for the fourth season included Levine, Shelton, Shakira, and Usher. The former panel will serve for the fifth season, while the latter lineup will be featured for the sixth season. The series is hosted by Carson Daly, with Christina Milian serving as a social media correspondent.
An adaption of The Voice of Holland, NBC announced 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–).
The Voice premiered April 26, 2011; 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 Voice, NBC offered expanded two-hour live episodes of the show beginning June 7, following America's Got Talent, and added an additional results show. The season finale aired on June 29, 2011. The second season premiered on February 5, 2012 as the lead-out program after Super Bowl XLVI. 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. The third season premiered on September 10, 2012. The fourth season premiered on March 25, 2013 with replacement judges, Shakira and Usher. 
Blind auditions 
Each season begins with the "blind auditions", where coaches form their team of contestants (eight in the first season, twelve in the second and fourth, and sixteen in the third) whom they mentor through the remainder of the season. The coaches' chairs are faced towards the audience during contestants' performances; those interested in a contestant press their button, which turns their chair towards the contestant and illuminates the bottom of the chair to read "I want you". At the conclusion of the performance, a contestant either defaults to the only coach who turned around, or selects their coach if more than one coach expresses interest.
Battle rounds 
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 were assisted by celebrity mentors (From the first through third seasons: Adam Blackstone, Alanis Morissette, Robin Thicke, and Mary J. Blige for Team Adam; Reba McEntire, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, and Michael Bublé for Team Blake; Monica, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Ne-Yo, and Rob Thomas for Team Cee Lo; and Sia, Jewel, Lionel Richie, and Billie Joe Armstrong for Team Christina). 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. So far, season three contestant Jordan Pruitt and season four contestant Chelsea M are the only contestants that were ineligible for the "steal" due to the fact that their coach had the last steal(s).
Knockout rounds 
The knockout rounds were also introduced in season three. A pair of contestants within a team are selected to sing individual performances in succession. The contestants 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.
Live shows 
In the final live performance phase of the competition, contestants perform in weekly shows, where public voting narrows to a final group of contestants and eventually declares a winner. 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. 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 the third season to eliminate contestants who earned the lowest number of votes, thus not guaranteeing a coach a contestant in the (reduced) final three. Season four contestants are narrowed down to a Final Four with the decision left up to voters.
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 by calling 1-855-Voice-##, text messaging (Provided by Sprint) and through online votes via NBC.com and Facebook. Each method is limited to ten 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. 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 12-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 hosts 
Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine (frontman for Maroon 5) became the first confirmed judges in February 2011, later followed by the hires of Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton in March. Aguilera and Green left the series after the third season to pursue other career endeavors, and were replaced by Shakira and Usher for the fourth. Shakira and Usher announced that they would depart upon the conclusion of season 4.
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 in the second season.
Series overview 
- Team Adam
- Team Blake
- Team Cee Lo
- Team Christina
- Team Shakira
- Team Usher
|Season||Premiere||Finale||Winner||Runner-up||Third place||Fourth place||Winning coach||Hosts||Coaches|
|11||Apr. 26, 2011||Jun. 29, 2011||Javier Colon||Dia Frampton||Vicci Martinez||Adam Levine||Carson Daly||Alison Haislip||Adam Levine
Cee Lo Green
|2||Feb. 5, 2012||May 8, 2012||Jermaine Paul||Juliet Simms||Tony Lucca||Chris Mann||Blake Shelton||Christina Milian|
|3||Sep. 10, 2012||Dec. 18, 2012||Cassadee Pope||Terry McDermott||Nicholas David||Trevin Hunte||Blake Shelton|
|4||Mar. 25, 2013||Jun. 18, 2013||Adam Levine
- ^ In season one, third and fourth place was a draw.
Coaches and their finalists 
- Contestant placinga
Names of the contestants who appeared as the final contestant of each of the coaches appear on top. The winner's name is bolded:
|Adam Levine||Cee Lo Green||Christina Aguilera||Blake Shelton|
The Thompson Sisters
Ashley De La Rosa
Julio Cesar Castillo
|4||Adam Levine||Usher||Shakira||Blake Shelton|
The Swon Brothers
|5||Adam Levine||Cee Lo Green||Christina Aguilera||Blake Shelton|
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 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 12.41 million viewer audience. In the 18–49 demographic, this first episode had a 4.1 score.
|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
- 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
DVR ratings 
April 23, 2012: 1.006 million
International broadcasting 
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Channels in bold also broadcast their own version of The Voice.
The Americas 
Africa and Oceania 
|2011||TCA Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming||The Voice||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Breakout Show||The Voice||Won|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Reality Competition||The Voice||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||Christina Aguilera||Nominated|||
|2012||GLAAD Media Awards||Outstanding Reality Program||The Voice||Nominated|||
|People's Choice Awards||Favorite TV Competition Show||The Voice||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Reality Competition||The Voice||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||Christina Aguilera||Won|||
|Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Reality Series – Competition||The Voice||Won|||
|TCA Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming||The Voice||Nominated|||
|Billboard Mid-Year Music Awards||Best Music Reality Show||The Voice||Won|||
|Tubey Awards||Best Competitive Reality Show||The Voice||Nominated|||
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Reality-Competition Program||The Voice||Nominated|||
|Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Award||Outstanding Art Direction for Variety or Nonfiction Programming||The Voice||Nominated|||
|Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Award||Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special||The Voice||Nominated|||
|Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Award||Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series||The Voice||Nominated|||
|2013||People's Choice Awards||Favorite TV Competition Show||The Voice||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||Won|||
|Kid's Choice Awards||Favorite Reality Show||The Voice||Nominated|||
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