The Voice of Germany
|The Voice of Germany|
|Created by||John de Mol
Roel van Velzen
|Directed by||Mark Achterberg
(since Season 1)
|Judges||Max Herre (3-)
Samu Haber (3-)
Smudo & Michi Beck (4-)
The BossHoss (1-3)
Rea Garvey (1-2)
Xavier Naidoo (1-2)
|Country of origin||Germany|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||50|
|Executive producer(s)||Christiane Knaup|
|Location(s)||TV Studio Adlershof|
|Production company(s)||Talpa and
|Original channel||ProSieben and Sat.1|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original run||24 November 2011– present|
|Related shows||The Voice of Holland
The Voice (U.S.)
The Voice UK
The Voice of Germany is a German reality talent show that was premiered on 24 November 2011 on ProSieben and Sat.1. Based on the reality singing competition The Voice of Holland, the series was created by the Dutch television producer John de Mol. It is part of The Voice, an international series.
The series is part of the 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 German series was hosted by Stefan Gödde and with Doris Golpashin serving as the backstage.
Coaches and finalists
- – Winning Coach/Contestant. Winners are in bold, eliminated contestants in small font.
- – Runner-Up Coach/Contestant. Final contestant first listed.
- – 2nd Runner-Up Coach/Contestant. Final contestant first listed.
|Nena||Xavier Naidoo||Rea Garvey||The BossHoss|
Lisa Martine Weller
Sami & Samira Badawi
Raffa Shira Banggard
|Season||Nena||Max Herre||Samu Haber||The BossHoss|
Yasemin "Jazz" Akkar
Judith van Hel
Aalijah Tabatha Hahnemann
|Season||Stefanie Kloß||Rea Garvey||Michael Beck and Smudo||Samu Haber|
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 one minute) 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 four individual "battles" into the first live round. Within that first live round, the surviving four 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 eight, 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 (Final 32) compete against each other in live broadcasts. The television audience and the coaches have equal say 50/50 in deciding who moves on to the final 4 phase. With one team member remaining for each coach, the (final 4) contestants compete against each other in the finale with the outcome decided solely by public vote.
In Season 2, the battle format was extended into the live shows. The eight contestants in one team competed in battles until one finalist is left. The winner of these battle was selected by a 50%-mixture of a coach and televoting.
In Season 3, the live show battle format was abolished after it was criticized that popular contestants had to compete against each other. The number of live shows was reduced from six to four. The knockout round where contestants who succeeded from battle rounds compete for live shows was introduced in this season. It was first seen in the third season of The Voice US.
Development, production and marketing
In April 2011, ProSieben announced its intention to bring an adaptation of The Voice of Holland to the Germany. In July 2011, ProSieben began announcements of the coaches/judges for the series. First to sign on were Nena and Xavier Naidoo. Rea Garvey, "Boss Burns" (Alec Völkel) and "Hoss Power" (Sascha Vollmer) joined in late August 2011.
Season 1: 2011-2012
Season 1 premiered on ProSieben on 24 November 2011. RTL's successful talent show Das Supertalent was scheduled at the same time as The Voice of Germany. While RTL achieved higher viewer figures with 5.83 million viewers (18.1% market share) compared to The Voice of Germany's 3.89 million viewers (12.4% market share), the ProSieben show was more popular amongst the 14-49 target group, with 3.06 million viewers (23.8% market share) compared to Das Supertalent's 2.99 million viewers (22.8% market share). The following day, The Voice of Germany aired on Sat.1 for the first time.
On Sat.1, The Voice of Germany increased its viewers to 4.36 million (14.3% market share) and viewers in the 14-49 bracket remained almost the same at 3.05 million viewers (26.6% market share). The show saw a significant drop in ratings during the live shows. The final was watched by 4.01 million viewers, a market share of 12.9%.
Season 2: 2012
After a successful Season 1, Prosieben and Sat.1 decided to run another season in 2012. The format of the show stayed the same and all four judges returned for season 2. In June 2012, it was announced that Stefan Gödde would not return for Season 2, because of other projects. He was replaced by actor Thore Schölermann.
Season 2 premiered on 18 October 2012 on Prosieben. It was the most popular program that day with 4.69 million viewers (15.5% market share) and 3.46 million viewers among the 14-49 target group (28.5% market share). The program achieved record ratings the following day with 5.24 million viewers and a market share of 21.9%.
The winner of the second season was Nick Howard with his song "Unbreakable". The song debuted #5 on the German Media Control charts.
Season 3: 2013
After the successful ratings in the blind auditions in Season 2, Prosieben and Sat.1 announced a third season in 2013. After major speculations it was announced in August 2013 that Xavier Naidoo and Rea Garvey will leave the show for other projects. They were replaced by Samu Haber and Max Herre. Thore Schölermann returned for his second season as host.
Season 3 began on 17 October 2013 on Prosieben. It was the most popular program that day with 4.03 million viewers (13.5% market share) and 2.73 million viewers among the 14-49 target group (24.1% market share). The rating was 660,000 fewer viewers than the series 2 launch.
The Voice Kids
On 25 October, Sat.1 announced that it will produce The Voice Kids, where 8-14 year olds will compete against each other. The judges from Season 1 are the German Eurovision Song Contest winner Lena Meyer-Landrut, the German singer Tim Bendzko and the German singer Henning Wehland. Season 2 started on 22 March 2014 and the judges are the German Eurovision Song Contest winner Lena Meyer-Landrut, the German singer Johannes Strate and the German singer Henning Wehland.
Coaches and finalists
- – Winning coach/contestant. Winners are in bold, eliminated contestants in small font.
|Lena Meyer-Landrut||Henning Wehland||Tim Bendzko|
|Lena Meyer-Landrut||Henning Wehland||Johannes Strate|
|2012||Beste Unterhaltung (Best Entertainment)||Won|
|2012||Beste Unterhaltung Show (Best Entertainment Show)||Won|
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