The Voice: la plus belle voix
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|The Voice France|
|Created by||John de Mol|
Roel van Velzen
|Directed by||Tristan Carné|
|Presented by||Nikos Aliagas (1–) |
Karine Ferri (2– Backstage)
Virginie de Clausade (1 Backstage)
|Judges||Mika (3–) |
Jenifer (1-4, 8–)
Julien Clerc (8–)
Soprano (8–) Former judges : Pascal Obispo (7)
Florent Pagny (1–7)
Matt Pokora (6)
Garou (1–3, 5)
Louis Bertignac (1–2)
|Country of origin||France|
|No. of series||8|
|No. of episodes||111|
|Executive producer(s)||Thierry Lachkar|
John de Mol
|Producer(s)||EndemolShine France (seasons 1-6)ITV Studios France (seasons 7-8)|
|Production location(s)||Studio Lendit 3 & 4|
|Running time||ca. 2 hours|
|Original release||25 February 2012 –|
The Voice: la plus belle voix (French: The Voice: the Most Beautiful Voice) is a reality singing competition on TF1. It is France's version of The Voice format created by John de Mol and launched in the Netherlands as The Voice of Holland. The first episode was aired on 25 February 2012. It is the second time that the format is produced in the French language after The Voice Belgique.
One of the important premises of the show is the quality of the singing talent. Four coaches, themselves popular performing artists, train the talents in their group and occasionally perform with them. Talents are selected in blind auditions, where the coaches cannot see, but only hear the auditioning contestant.
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 acts from each team again compete head-to-head, with a combination of public and jury vote deciding who advances onto the next round. In the final phase, the remaining contestants (top 8) 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.
Development, production and marketing
In late 2011 French production company Shine France bought the format and the large national television chains, including TF1 and M6, expressed interest. TF1 eventually won the contract and the format was aired in 2012 as a replacement to the long running Star Academy series.
Winners and Winning Coaches
The first season was won by Stéphan Rizon, a contestant on team Florent.
The second season was won by Yoann Fréget, a contestant on team Garou.
The third season was won by Kendji Girac, a contestant on team Mika.
The fourth season was won by Lilian Renaud, a contestant on team Zazie.
The fifth season was won by Slimane Nebchi, a contestant on team Florent.
The sixth season was won by Lisandro Cuxi, a contestant on team Matt.
The seventh season was won by Maëlle Pistoia, a contestant on team Zazie.
Coaches and hosts
Julien Clerc (2019–)
Jenifer (2012–2015, 2019–)
Garou (2012–2014, 2016)
Louis Bertignac (2012–2013)
Matt Pokora (2017)
Pascal Obispo (2018)
Florent Pagny (2012–2018)
- Third place
- Fourth place
- Winners are in bold, finalists in finale listed first, stolen artists are in italicized font, and eliminated artists are in small font.
|Season||Florent Pagny||Jenifer||Louis Bertignac||Garou|
|2|| Nuno Resende
| Loïs Silvin
|Yoann Fréget |
La Petite Shade
|Maximilien Philippe |
|Lilian Renaud |
|Season||Florent Pagny||Mika||Zazie||Matt Pokora|
|Season||Florent Pagny||Zazie||Mika||Pascal Obispo|
Liv Del Estal
|Virginie de Clausade|
- Florent Team
- Jenifer Team
- Louis Team
- Garou Team
- Mika Team
- Zazie Team
- Matt Team
- Pascal Team
- Soprano Team
- Julien Team
- Patrick Team
|Season||First aired||Last aired||Winner||Runner-up||Third Place||Fourth Place||Winning coach||Presenters||Coaches (order)|
|1||February 25, 2012||May 12, 2012||Stéphan Rizon||Louis Delort||Al.Hy||Aude Henneville||Florent Pagny||Nikos Aliagas||Virginie de Clausade||Florent||Jenifer||Louis||Garou|
|2||February 2, 2013||May 18, 2013||Yoann Fréget||Olympe||Nuno Resende||Loïs Silvin||Garou||Karine Ferri|
|3||January 11, 2014||May 10, 2014||Kendji Girac||Maximilien Philippe||Amir Haddad||Wesley Semé||Mika||Mika|
|4||January 10, 2015||April 25, 2015||Lilian Renaud||Anne Sila||David Thibault||Côme||Zazie||Zazie|
|5||January 30, 2016||May 14, 2016||Slimane Nebchi||MB14||Antoine Galey||Clément Verzi||Florent Pagny||Mika||Zazie||Garou|
|6||February 18, 2017||June 10, 2017||Lisandro Cuxi||Lucie Vagenheim||Vincent Vinel||Nicola Cavallaro||Matt Pokora||Matt|
|7||January 27, 2018||May 12, 2018||Maëlle Pistoia||Raffi Arto||Yoann Casanova||Xam Hurricane||Zazie||Zazie||Mika||Pascal|
|8||February 9, 2019||2019||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA||Julien||Jenifer||Soprano|