The Voice (TV series)

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The Voice
The Voice NBC logo blackwhite.png
Genre Reality television
Created by
Opening theme This Is The Voice
Composer(s) Martijn Schimmer
Country of origin Netherlands
Running time 22–104 minutes
Distributor Talpa Media Holding
Original release 17 September 2010 (2010-09-17) – present
External links
Official website

The Voice is an international reality television singing competition franchise. It is based on the reality singing competition The Voice of Holland, which was originally created by Dutch television producer John de Mol. Many other countries have adapted the format and begun airing their own versions since 2011. It has become a rival to the Idols franchise, Rising Star and The X Factor.


John de Mol, creator of Big Brother, first created The Voice concept with Dutch singer Roel van Velzen. The show distinguishes itself as different from The X Factor and Idols as The Voice primarily focuses on singing ability and prowess of an "artist" alone.

On September 17, 2010, The Voice of Holland began to air on RTL 4 with Angela Groothuizen, Roel van Velzen, Nick & Simon, and Jeroen van der Boom as the mentor-judges (dubbed as "coaches") of the show.[1] The show proved to be an instant success in the Netherlands.[2][3]

The format was later sold to different countries, in many cases replacing a previous Endemol music contest format, Operation Triumph / Star Academy.


Contestants are aspiring singers drawn from public auditions. The show's format features four stages of competition. The first is the blind auditions, in which the four coaches, all noteworthy recording artists, listen to the contestants in chairs facing away from the stage so as to avoid seeing them. If a coach likes what they hear from that contestant, they press a button to rotate their chairs to signify that they are interested in working with that contestant. If more than one coach presses their button, the contestant chooses the coach he or she wants to work with. The blind auditions end when each coach has a set number of contestants to work with. Coaches will dedicate themselves to developing their singers mentally, musically and in some cases physically, giving them advice, and sharing the secrets of their success.

The contestants who successfully pass the blind auditions proceed to the battle rounds, where the coaches put two of their own team members against each other to sing the same song together in front of a studio audience. After the vocal face-off, the coach must choose only one to advance. If no specific winner can be identified the competition turns to a game of fate via a coin toss. In some versions, there are steals where opposing coaches can steal a contestant who was voted off by their own coach by pressing their button. As in the blind auditions, if more than one coach presses their button, the contestant chooses which coach they want. Each coach has a set number of steals (usually one or two).

In some versions, the winners of the battle rounds proceed to the knockout rounds. As in the battle rounds, coaches pit two of their own team members to compete against each other. This time, the contestants choose their own song to perform individually while the other watches and waits. After that, the coach chooses one to advance while the other is sent home. At the end of the knockout rounds, the strongest members of each coach's roster proceed to the live stage shows. In this final performance phase of the competition, the top contestants from each team compete against each other during a live broadcast. The television audience vote to save one contestant on each team, leaving the coach to decide on live television who they want to save and who will not move on. In the next round, the public chooses between the two artists left on each team, and the coach also has a vote that weighs equally with the public vote.

Finally, each coach will have his/her best contestant left standing to compete in the finals, singing an original song. From these four, one will be named "The Voice"—and will receive the grand prize of a recording contract. Universal Music Group is the general record company associated and affiliated with The Voice format in most countries.

One of the cornerstones of The Voice format is the social media participation via Twitter, Facebook and the especially designed platform "connect." Users are able to log in via their Facebook account and retrieve background information about the show. The platform also offers the possibility to stream the show online as well as to vote, interact with friends and to discuss various topics and questions asked by the producers throughout the show.[4]

Format variations[edit]

In the original Dutch version, along with solo contestants, groups with more than two members are actually eligible to join (proven by the triumph of O'G3NE, a girl group, in the fifth season of the Dutch version). But when the franchise was expanded to the United States, only duos are allowed in the American version along with solo contestants, and this requirement was then followed by some other versions[citation needed], including the UK version. Despite that, a few versions[citation needed] still allow groups with more than two members, most notably the second season of the Indonesian version.

In some versions, all contestants perform each week and only the public's vote determines which contestants advance in the competition, a format similar to both Idols and The X Factor. This means that any contestant can be eliminated and no coach is guaranteed a spot in the finals. Along with this elimination method, there is an Instant Save in certain versions, where public must vote again to save one contestant who is in danger of elimination.

In the sixth series of the UK version, if any of the four coaches reject a contestant, he or she may not able to see the contestants after their performances, so if all the coaches rejected one specific contestant, the losing contestant would leave the stage straight away, without any conversations with the coaches.

A new feature of the Live Shows in the seventh season of the Dutch version is the judging of each performance by all four coaches with a number from one to ten. This number will then be averaged and combined with the public vote, ultimately giving a score to each artist.


A combined 262 "artists" have won the television series The Voice, a reality singing competition adapted in sixty-two regions. Each winner is given a recording contract, a monetary prize, and a title as that nation's The Voice, La Voz, Golos, Holos or La Voix.

There are currently 262 winners of the format, the first being Ben Saunders of the Netherlands and the most recent being Pamela Baketana form the African version of The Voice.

Location of The Voice versions:
  With own version of The Voice
  With own versions of The Voice and The Voice Kids
  Part of a regional or multinational version of The Voice
  Part of a regional or multinational versions of The Voice and The Voice Kids
     Franchise with a currently airing season
     Franchise with an upcoming season
     Franchise that had ceased to air
Country/Region Local title Network Winners Coaches Hosts
 Afghanistan[5][6] آواز افغانستان
The Voice of Afghanistan
Tolo TV
Africa (French)
BeninBurkina FasoBurundiCameroon
Central African RepublicChadRepublic of the CongoDemocratic Republic of the Congo
Ivory CoastGuineaMadagascarMali
The Voice Afrique Francophone (fr) Voxafrica
  • Season 1, 2016–17: Pamela Baketana
  • Season 2, TBA: Upcoming season
The Voice of Albania1 Top Channel
The Voice Kids Albania
The Voice Angola (pt)5 Dstv
Arab LeagueArab World[9]
OmanQatarSaudi ArabiaSomalia
SudanTunisiaUnited Arab EmiratesYemen
The Voice – أحلى صوت
The Voice – Best Voice
Lebanon LBCI
The Voice Kids – أحلى صوت
The Voice Kids – Best Voice
  • Season 1, 2016: Lebanon Lynn Hayek
  • Season 2, 2017: Upcoming season
 Argentina La Voz... Argentina
The Voice... Argentina
  • Marley (1)
  • Luli Fernández (backstage, 1)
 Armenia[10] Հայաստանի ձայնը
The Voice of Armenia
Armenia TV
 Australia[11] The Voice Nine Network

The Voice Kids[12]
 Azerbaijan[13] Səs Azərbaycan
The Voice of Azerbaijan
  • Tural Asadov
( Flanders)
The Voice van Vlaanderen (Dutch)
The Voice of Flanders
The Voice Kids (Dutch)
( Wallonia)
The Voice Belgique (French)
The Voice Belgium
La Une
 Brazil The Voice Brasil Rede Globo
The Voice Kids
 Bulgaria Гласът на България
The Voice of Bulgaria
 Cambodia The Voice Cambodia Hang Meas HDTV
The Voice Kids
  • Season 1, 2017: Upcoming season
  • TBA
  • To be determined
( Quebec)
La Voix3 (French)
The Voice
La Voix Junior (French)
The Voice Junior
  • Season 1, 2016: Charles Kardos
  • Season 2, 2017: Upcoming season
 Chile The Voice Chile Canal 13
 China (Mandarin) The Voice of China中国好声音
The Voice of China – Best Voice of China
Zhejiang TV
 China (Uyghur) يىپەك يولى ساداسى – 丝绸之路好声音 (Uyghur)
The Voice of the Silk Road – Best Voice of the Silk Road
Xinjiang TV
 Colombia La Voz Colombia
The Voice Colombia
Caracol Television
  • Season 1, 2012: Miranda
  • Season 2, 2013: Camilo Martínez
  • Linda Palma (1–2)
  • Alejandro Palacio (1–2)
  • Carlos Ponce (1)
  • Diego Saenz (backstage, 1–2)
La Voz Kids[14]
The Voice Kids
  • Season 1, 2014: Ivanna García
  • Season 2, 2015: Luis Mario Torres
  • Linda Palma (1–2)
  • Alejandro Palacio (1–2)
La Voz Teens[15]
The Voice Teens
  • Season 1, 2016: Karol Dayana Mendoza
  • Season 2, 2017: Upcoming season
 Croatia The Voice – Najljepši glas Hrvatske
The Voice – The Most Beautiful Voice of Croatia
 Czech Republic
Hlas Česko Slovenska
The Voice of Czecho Slovakia
Czech Republic TV Nova
Slovakia Markíza
 Denmark Voice – Danmarks største stemme
Voice – The Biggest Voice of Denmark
TV 2
Voice Junior
  • Season 1, 2014: Melina
  • Season 2, 2014: Aland
  • Season 3, 2015: Isabel
  • Season 4, 2016: Oliver
  • Season 5, 2017: Upcoming season
 Ecuador La Voz Ecuador
The Voice Ecuador
 Finland The Voice of Finland Nelonen
The Voice Kids
 France The Voice – la plus belle voix12
The Voice – The Most Beautiful Voice
The Voice Kids
  • Season 1, 2014: Carla
  • Season 2, 2015: Jane
  • Season 3, 2016: Manuela
  • Season 4, 2017: Upcoming season
 Georgia ახალი ქართული ხმა
The Voice of Georgia
Imedi TV
ახალი საბავშო ხმა
The Voice Kids
 Germany The Voice of Germany ProSieben
The Voice Kids Sat.1
The Voice of Greece4 Current
Skai TV (3–)
ANT1 (1–2)
The Voice Kids ANT1
 Hungary The Voice – Magyarország hangja (hu)
The Voice – Voice of Hungary
 Iceland The Voice Ísland
The Voice Iceland
Sjónvarp Símans
 India The Voice India[17] Zee TV
The Voice India Kids &TV
 Indonesia The Voice Indonesia Current
RCTI (2–)
Indosiar (1)
The Voice Kids Indonesia Global TV
 Ireland The Voice of Ireland RTÉ One
 Israel The Voice ישראל
The Voice Israel
Channel 2
 Italy[18] The Voice of Italy11 Rai 2
Rai HD
 Kazakhstan Current
Голос Казахстана (4–)
The Voice Kazakhstan
Қазақстан Дауысы (kk) (1–3)
The Voice of Kazakhstan
Perviy Kanal Evraziya (4–)
Kazakhstan (1–3)
Голос Дети Казахстана[20]
The Voice Kids Kazakhstan
Perviy Kanal Evraziya
  • Season 1, 2017: Current season
  • To be determined
 Lithuania Lietuvos Balsas
The Voice of Lithuania
To be determined (Mandarin) To be determined
  • Season 1, 2017: Upcoming season
  • TBA
  • To be determined
 Mexico La Voz... México
The Voice... Mexico
Las Estrellas[22]
La Voz Kids... México
The Voice Kids... Mexico
  • Season 1, 2017: Upcoming season
 Mongolia The Voice Mongolia[23] Mongol TV
  • Season 1, 2017: Upcoming season
  • TBA
  • To be determined
 Myanmar The Voice Myanmar MRTV-4
  • Season 1, 2017: Upcoming season
  • TBA
  • To be determined
 Netherlands The Voice of Holland RTL 4
The Voice Kids
 Nigeria The Voice Nigeria[24] Africa Magic
  • Season 1, 2016: A'rese
  • Season 2, 2017: Upcoming season
 Norway The Voice – Norges beste stemme
The Voice – Norway's Best Voice
 Pakistan The Voice Pakistan To be determined
  • Season 1, 2017: Upcoming season
  • TBA
  • To be determined
 Peru La Voz Peru[25]
The Voice Peru
Frecuencia Latina
La Voz Kids
The Voice Kids
 Philippines The Voice of the Philippines[26][27] ABS-CBN
The Voice Kids
The Voice Teens
  • To be determined
 Poland The Voice of Poland TVP2
 Portugal Current
The Voice Portugal (2–)
A Voz de Portugal (1)
The Voice of Portugal
The Voice Kids
 Romania Vocea României10
The Voice of Romania
Pro TV
Pro TV Chișinău
Vocea României Junior
The Voice of Romania Junior
  • Season 1, 2017: Upcoming season
 Russia Голос
The Voice
Channel One
Голос. Дети
The Voice Kids
 South Africa[24] The Voice South Africa M-Net9
 Spain La Voz13
The Voice
La Voz Kids
The Voice Kids
 South Korea The Voice of Korea Mnet9
The Voice Kids
 Sweden The Voice Sverige
The Voice Sweden
  Switzerland The Voice of Switzerland (de) SRF 1
 Thailand The Voice เสียงจริงตัวจริง
The Voice Thailand
Channel 3
3 HD
The Voice Kids
 Turkey O Ses Türkiye
The Voice Turkey
TV8 (4–)
Show TV (1)
Star TV (2–3)
O Ses Çocuklar7[29]
The Voice Kids
TV8 (2–)
Star TV (1)
 Ukraine Голос країни
The Voice of the Country
  • Current
  • Yuri Gorbunov (5–)
  • Kateryna Osadcha (1–3, 6–)
  • Former
  • Andriy Domans'ky (1–3)
  • Olga Freimut (4–5)
  • Anatoliy Anatolich (backstage, 1–3)
  • Mykyta Dobrynin (backstage, 1–3)
Голос. Діти
The Voice Kids
 United Kingdom The Voice UK Current
ITV (6–)
BBC One (1–5)
The Voice Kids ITV
  • Season 1, 2017: Upcoming season
 United States The Voice8 (English) NBC
La Voz Kids (Spanish)
The Voice Kids
 Vietnam Giọng hát Việt
The Voice of Vietnam
  • Current
  • Nguyên Khang (4–)
  • Tim (backstage, 4–)
  • Former
  • Phan Anh (1–3)
  • Phương Mai (backstage, 1)
  • V.Music band (backstage, 1)
  • Yumi Dương (backstage, 2)
  • Linh Sunny (backstage, 3)
Giọng hát Việt nhí
The Voice Kids of Vietnam


List of artists who became coaches in versions of more than one country/region
  • Notes
  1. ^ AlbaniaKosovo The Voice of Albania is also broadcast in Kosovo. People from Kosovo are also allowed to join the show.
  2. ^ China The Chinese version allows people who can speak Mandarin to join starting from season 3. In 2016, there exists a controversial issue between the producers of Chinese version of the series and Talpa on the copyright of The Voice of China. Therefore, from season 5 on, the title will be replaced as Sing! China to solve the problem provisionally.[30]
  3. ^ Canada While La Voix is broadcast all across Canada, people from provinces outside Quebec (excluding those from the Ottawa/Gatineau area) are not allowed to join the show.
  4. ^ GreeceCyprus The Voice of Greece is also broadcast in Cyprus; Cypriots were also allowed to join the show.
  5. ^ AngolaMozambique A Voz de Angola will also be broadcast in Mozambique; people from Mozambique are also allowed to join the show.[8]
  6. ^ Australia In the Australian version of The Voice, Joel Madden served as a solo coach from seasons 1 to 3. From the season 4 on, he was joined by his brother Benji Madden, and became as a duo coach called "The Madden Brothers". They also have served as the coach of the Australian version of The Voice Kids.
  7. ^ Turkey The Season 2 of the Turkish version of The Voice Kids is the only season which has four coaches' teams of all versions of The Voice Kids so far.
  8. ^ United StatesCanada The American version of The Voice is also broadcast in Canada and select Caribbean countries; people from all Canadian provinces (excluding Quebec) are also allowed to join the show, as well as people from select Caribbean countries.
  9. ^ South AfricaSouth Korea Not to be confused M-Net which is a channel broadcast in South Africa with Mnet which is a music television and channel broadcast in South Korea.
  10. ^ RomaniaMoldova Vocea României is also broadcast in Moldova; Moldovans are also allowed to join the show, provided they have a biometric passport or a visa (which is free for Moldovans).
  11. ^ ItalySan Marino The Voice of Italy is also broadcast in San Marino. People from San Marino are also allowed to join the show.
  12. ^ FranceLuxembourgMonaco The Voice – la plus belle voix is also broadcast in Luxembourg and Monaco. People from Luxembourg and Monaco are also allowed to join the show.
  13. ^ SpainAndorra La Voz is also broadcast in Andorra. People from Andorra are also allowed to join the show.


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