The Voice (TV series)
|The Voice (TV Series)|
General logo of The Voice
|Opening theme||This Is The Voice|
|Country of origin||Netherlands|
|Running time||22–104 minutes|
|Distributor||Talpa Media Holding
|Original release||17 September 2010– present|
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. The show proved to be an instant success in the Netherlands.
The format was later sold to different countries.
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.
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.
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.
A combined 240 "artists" have won the television series The Voice, a reality singing competition adapted in forty-six 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 240 winners of the format, the first being Ben Saunders of the Netherlands and the most recent being Elina Ivaschenko from the Ukrainan version of The Voice Kids.
- Franchise with a currently airing season
- Franchise with an upcoming season
- Franchise that had ceased to air
- List of artists who became coaches in versions of more than one country/region
- Alejandro Sanz – Mexico (1, 5–) and Spain (3–)
- David Bisbal – Mexico (3) and Spain (1–2; Kids, 1–)
- Jerry Rivera – Ecuador (1) and Peru (1–2)
- Jessie J – Australia (4–5) and United Kingdom (1–2)
- José Luis Rodríguez – Argentina (1) and Peru (1–2)
- Kylie Minogue – Australia (3) and United Kingdom (3)
- Laura Pausini – Mexico (4) and Spain (3)
- Lene Nystrøm – Denmark (1–2) and Norway (2)
- Maluma – Colombia (Kids, 1–2) and Mexico (Kids, 1–)
- Paulina Rubio – Mexico (2) and United States (Kids, 1)
- Ricky Martin – Australia (2–4) and Mexico (4)
- Rosario Flores – Mexico (Kids, 1–) and Spain (1–2; Kids, 1–)
- will.i.am – Australia (3) and United Kingdom (1–; Kids, 1–)
- ^ The Voice of Albania is also broadcast in Kosovo. People from Kosovo are also allowed to join the show.
- ^ 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.
- ^ 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.
- ^ The Voice of Greece is also broadcast in Cyprus; Cypriots were also allowed to join the show.
- ^ A Voz de Angola will also be broadcast in Mozambique; people from Mozambique are also allowed to join the show.
- ^ 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.
- ^ 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.
- ^ 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."
- ^ 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.
- ^ 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).
- ^ The Voice of Italy is also broadcast in San Marino. People from San Marino are also allowed to join the show.
- ^ 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.
- ^ La Voz is also broadcast in Andorra. People from Andorra are also allowed to join the show.
- The Voice (Hong Kong) – a sing competition with similar title to that of The Voice
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