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The Voice
Season 1
Hosted byCarson Daly
Alison Haislip (social media)
CoachesAdam Levine
CeeLo Green
Christina Aguilera
Blake Shelton
WinnerJavier Colon
Winning coachAdam Levine
Runner-upDia Frampton
Original networkNBC
Original releaseApril 26 –
June 29, 2011
Season chronology
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Season 2

The Voice is a reality talent show. The series is part of the franchise The Voice and is based on a similar competition format in the Netherlands, The Voice of Holland. The show is hosted by Carson Daly, with Alison Haislip serving as the backstage and social networking correspondent, and the coaches, all well-known musicians, were Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and country veteran singer Blake Shelton. The inaugural season premiered April 26, 2011 and ended on June 29, 2011 on the live finale.

Javier Colon was announced as the winner of the inaugural season, marking Levine's first win as a coach.


The series consists of three phases: a blind audition, a battle phase and a four-week live performance shows. Four coaches each choose teams of (eight) contestants through a blind audition process. Each coach 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 coaches want the same singer (as happened with all but one singer in the premiere episode), the artist is given an option to choose their coach. These artists will be mentored by the selected coach throughout the entire season, then compete in battle rounds followed by live performance shows and eliminations are done team-based until each coach had one artist remaining. When one remains for each coach, the four contestants compete against each other in the finale, with the winning artist receives $100,000 and a record deal with Universal Republic Records

The season's advisors for Green, Levine, Aguilera and Shelton were respectively Sia Furler, Monica, music producer Adam Blackstone and Reba McEntire.[1]


Contestant auditions were held in eight cities across the United States between mid-January and mid-February 2011: Chicago, New York, Miami, Nashville, Minneapolis, Austin, Los Angeles, and Seattle.[2] Contestants were also allowed to submit an online applications, which ended on March 1, 2011.[3][4] For the online auditions, contestants were required to sing one of ten preselected songs.[4]

Contestants on The Voice as revealed by airing of promotional advertisements or shows were Javier Colon,[5] Frenchie Davis,[6] Nakia,[7] Lukas Rossi,[8] Cherie Oakley, and Dia Frampton.[5]

Coaches, host, and social media correspondent[edit]

In late February 2011, NBC began announcements of the coaches for the series. First to sign on were CeeLo Green and Adam Levine (frontman for Maroon 5).[9] Christina Aguilera came on board in early March 2011.[10] Blake Shelton was added as the final coach on March 7, 2011.[11]

Carson Daly was announced as the show's first host.[12] Alison Haislip was announced as the show's "backstage online and social media correspondent" during the live shows.[13]


Color key
  •   Winner
  •   Runner-up
  •   Third / Fourth place
  •   Eliminated in Live Shows
  •   Eliminated in the battles
Coaches Top 32 Artists
Adam Levine
Javier Colon Casey Weston Devon Barley Jeff Jenkins
Casey Desmond Rebecca Loebe Angela Wolff Tim Mahoney
CeeLo Green
Vicci Martinez Nakia Curtis Grimes The Thompson Sisters
Emily Valentine Kelsey Rey Tje Austin Niki Dawson
Christina Aguilera
Beverly McClellan Frenchie Davis Raquel Castro Lily Elise
Cherie Oakley Julia Eason Justin Grennan Tarralyn Ramsey
Blake Shelton
Dia Frampton Xenia Jared Blake Patrick Thomas
Sara Oromchi Serabee Elenowen Tyler Robinson

Blind auditions[edit]

Color key
   Coach hit his/her "I WANT YOU" button
     Artist defaulted to this coach's team
     Artist elected to join this coach's team
     Artist eliminated with no coach pressing his or her "I WANT YOU" button

Episode 1 (April 26)[edit]

The coaches performed coach CeeLo's song, "Crazy" at the start of the show.[14]

Order Artist Age Hometown Song Coach's and contestant's choices[15]
Levine Green Aguilera Shelton
1 Tarralyn Ramsey 31 Jacksonville, Florida "Breathe"
2 Patrick Thomas 20 Nashville, Tennessee "Live Like You Were Dying"
3 Jared Blake 32 Star City, Arkansas "Good Girls Go Bad"
4 Vicci Martinez 26 Tacoma, Washington "Rolling in the Deep"
5 Sonia Rao 24 Freehold Township, New Jersey "If I Ain't Got You"
6 Elenowen (Josh & Nicole Johnson) N/A Nashville, Tennessee "Falling Slowly"
7 Frenchie Davis 31 Los Angeles, California "I Kissed a Girl"
8 Kelsey Rey 20 Sebastian, Florida "American Boy"
9 Jeff Jenkins 22 Jones Creek, Texas "Bless the Broken Road"
10 Rebecca Loebe 27 Atlanta, Georgia "Come as You Are"
11 Joann Rizzo 56 Freehold Township, New Jersey "I Say a Little Prayer"
12 Xenia 16 Temecula, California "Breakeven"
13 Tje Austin 27 Austin, Texas "Just the Way You Are"
14 Javier Colon 33 Stratford, Connecticut "Time After Time"
15 Beverly McClellan 41 Fort Lauderdale, Florida "Piece of My Heart"

Episode 2 (May 3)[edit]

Order Artist Age Hometown Song Coach's and artist's choices[16]
Adam CeeLo Christina Blake
1 Cherie Oakley 29 Nashville, Tennessee "Gunpowder & Lead"
2 Devon Barley 19 Mattapoisett, Massachusetts "I'm Yours"
3 Joshua Hand 29 West Palm Beach, Florida "Paparazzi"
4 Raquel Castro 16 Long Island, New York "Bleeding Love"
5 Emily Valentine 23 Hollywood, California "Sober"
6 Niki Dawson 19 Jacksonville, Florida "Teenage Dream"
7 Sara Oromchi 18 San Jose, California "Imagine"
8 Tim Mahoney 39 Minneapolis, Minnesota "Bring It On Home to Me"
9 Julia Eason 18 Palos Verdes, California "Mercy"
10 Angela Wolff 25 Metter, Georgia "The House That Built Me"
11 Tyler Robinson 20 Folsom, California "Hey, Soul Sister"
12 Nakia 36 Austin, Texas "Forget You"
13 Serabee 34 Mississippi "Son of a Preacher Man"
14 Casey Desmond 25 Boston, Massachusetts "Born This Way"
15 Justin Grennan 30 Enumclaw, Washington "Drops of Jupiter"
16 Dia Frampton 23 St. George, Utah "Bubbly"
17 Curtis Grimes 25 Gilmer, Texas "Hillbilly Bone"
18 The Thompson Sisters
(Tori & Taylor Thompson)
17 & 19 Santa Maria, California "Stuck Like Glue"

Second chance[edit]

At the conclusion of the Second Chances, only Team CeeLo had completed his full team of eight finalists, while Teams Blake and Christina recruited with seven artists and Team Adam with only six, selected artists eliminated previously were given a second chance to perform in the round.

Order Artist Age Hometown Song Coach's and artist's choices[16]
Adam CeeLo Christina Blake
1 Lily Elise 20 San Anselmo, California "If I Ain't Got You" Team full
2 Sonia Rao 24 Freehold Borough, New Jersey "Chasing Pavements" Team full
3 Jared Blake 32 Star City, Arkansas "Not Ready to Make Nice"
4 Casey Weston 18 Naples, Florida "Stupid Boy" Team full
5 Angela Wolff 25 Metter, Georgia "Rolling in the Deep"

The Battles[edit]

After the Blind Auditions, each coach had eight contestants for the Battle rounds airing over four weeks, with each week one pair of duets from each team competing for a place in the live shows. Coaches begin narrowing down the playing field by training the contestants with the help of "trusted advisors". Each episode featured four battles consisting of pairings from within each team, and each battle concluding with the respective coach eliminating one of the two contestants; the four winners for each coach advanced to the live shows.

The trusted advisors for these episodes are: Adam Blackstone for Team Adam; Reba McEntire working with Team Blake; Monica working with Team CeeLo; and Sia Furler working with Team Christina.

Color key
       Artist won the Battle and advances to the Live shows
       Artist lost the Battle and was eliminated
Episode Coach Order Winner Song Loser
Episode 3
(Tuesday, May 10, 2011)
Christina Aguilera 1 Frenchie Davis "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" Tarralyn Ramsey
Blake Shelton 2 Patrick Thomas "Burning Love" Tyler Robinson
Adam Levine 3 Casey Weston "Leather and Lace" Tim Mahoney
CeeLo Green 4 Vicci Martinez "Perfect" Niki Dawson
Episode 4
(Tuesday, May 17, 2011)
CeeLo Green 1 Nakia "Closer" Tje Austin
Blake Shelton 2 Jared Blake "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" Elenowen
Adam Levine 3 Javier Colon "Stand By Me" Angela Wolff
Christina Aguilera 4 Beverly McClellan "Baba O'Riley" Justin Grennan
Episode 5
(Tuesday, May 24, 2011)
Christina Aguilera 1 Raquel Castro "Only Girl (In The World)" Julia Eason
Blake Shelton 2 Dia Frampton "You Can't Hurry Love" Serabee
Adam Levine 3 Devon Barley "Creep" Rebecca Loebe
CeeLo Green 4 The Thompson Sisters "Unwritten" Kelsey Rey
Episode 6
(Tuesday, May 31, 2011)
Adam Levine 1 Jeff Jenkins "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" Casey Desmond
Blake Shelton 2 Xenia "I'll Stand by You" Sara Oromchi
Christina Aguilera 3 Lily Elise "Since U Been Gone" Cherie Oakley
CeeLo Green 4 Curtis Grimes "Need You Now" Emily Valentine

Live shows[edit]

Week 1 (June 7 & 13)[edit]

For the first two live shows, two teams performed on one performance show for the public votes and received the results on the following week's live show. Voting commences after the broadcast of each live show on Tuesday and stayed open until 10 AM EDT the following Monday. Results were announced on the following week's live show where the only artist with the highest votes advances, and a second artist saved by the coach from the remaining three. The first week of live shows featured Team Christina and Team Blake.

Color key
       Artist was saved by the public's vote
       Artist was saved by his/her coach
       Artist was eliminated
Order Coach Artist Song Result
1 Christina Aguilera Raquel Castro "Blow" Eliminated
2 Blake Shelton Jared Blake "Use Somebody" Eliminated
3 Christina Aguilera Beverly McClellan "I'm the Only One" Public's vote
4 Blake Shelton Dia Frampton "Heartless" Public's vote
5 Xenia "Price Tag" Blake's choice
6 Christina Aguilera Lily Elise "Big Girls Don't Cry" Eliminated
7 Blake Shelton Patrick Thomas "I Hope You Dance" Eliminated
8 Christina Aguilera Frenchie Davis "When Love Takes Over" Christina's Choice
Non-competition performances
Order Performers Song
1 The Voice coaches "Bohemian Rhapsody",
"We Will Rock You",
"We Are the Champions"
2 Christina And Her 4 Finalists

(Raquel Castro, Beverly McClellan, Lily Elise and Frenchie Davis)

"Lady Marmalade"
3 Blake Shelton and his 4 finalists

(Jared Blake, Dia Frampton, Xenia and Patrick Thomas)

"This Love"

Week 2 (June 14 & 20)[edit]

Similar to the past week, voting proceeded as before—following the episode's close and continuing until 10 AM EDT June 20, two artists each teams advanced by either public vote or coach itself. The second live shows featured Team Adam and Team CeeLo.

Order Coach Artist Song Result
1 CeeLo Green The Thompson Sisters "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" Eliminated
2 Adam Levine Casey Weston "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" Adam's Choice
3 CeeLo Green Vicci Martinez "Jolene" Public's vote
4 Adam Levine Devon Barley "Stop and Stare" Eliminated
5 CeeLo Green Nakia "Sex on Fire" CeeLo's Choice
6 Adam Levine Jeff Jenkins "Jesus, Take the Wheel" Eliminated
7 CeeLo Green Curtis Grimes "Addicted to Love" Eliminated
8 Adam Levine Javier Colon "Angel" Public's vote
Non-competition performances
Order Performers Song
08.1 CeeLo and his 4 Finalists

(The Thompson Sisters, Vicci Martinez, Nakia and Curtis Grimes)

"Everyday People"
08.2 Adam & His Team

(Casey Weston, Devon Barley, Jeff Jenkins and Javier Colon) and John Burroughs High School Choir

"With a Little Help from My Friends"

Week 3: Semifinals (June 21 & 22)[edit]

In deciding on which artist would represent in the finale, both the coach as well as the public vote made up were given an equal say. The artist (for the team) which received a higher combined score will advance to the finals.

Order Coach Contestant Song Coach points Public points Total points Result
1 Christina Aguilera Frenchie Davis "Like a Prayer" 50 43 93 Eliminated
2 CeeLo Green Nakia "Whataya Want from Me" 51 25 76 Eliminated
3 Blake Shelton Dia Frampton "Losing My Religion" 50 56 106 Advanced to Finals
4 Adam Levine Casey Weston "I Will Always Love You" 35 27 62 Eliminated
5 Christina Aguilera Beverly McClellan "The Thrill Is Gone" 50 57 107 Advanced to Finals
6 Adam Levine Javier Colon "Fix You" 65 73 138 Advanced to Finals
7 Blake Shelton Xenia "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" 50 44 94 Eliminated
8 CeeLo Green Vicci Martinez "Dog Days Are Over" 49 75 124 Advanced to Finals
Non-competition performances
Order Performers Song
1.1 Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera "Moves Like Jagger"
1.2 Blake Shelton & his team

(Dia Frampton & Xenia)

"Honey Bee"
2.1 The Final 8 "Faith/Freedom! 90" medley
2.2 CeeLo Green "Bright Lights Bigger City"

Week 4: Finale (June 28 & 29)[edit]

The final 4 performed on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, with the final results following on Wednesday, June 29, 2011. The four finalists each performed an original song and a duet with their coach. Katharine McPhee made an appearance during the results show to promote her upcoming television series Smash.

The final results came close as Daly reported that the scores between the top two were just 2% apart. Runner-up Dia Frampton's original song, "Inventing Shadows" topped this week's iTunes singles chart.

Artist Coach Order Original song Order Duet with coach Result[17]
Javier Colon Adam Levine 1 "Stitch by Stitch"1 6 "Man in the Mirror" Winner
Dia Frampton Blake Shelton 2 "Inventing Shadows"2 5 "I Won't Back Down" Runner-up
Vicci Martinez CeeLo Green 3 "Afraid to Sleep"3 8 "Love is a Battlefield" 3rd/4th place
Beverly McClellan Christina Aguilera 4 "Lovesick"3 7 "Beautiful"
  1. ^ a b c d The songs "Stitch by Stitch", "Inventing Shadows", "Afraid to Sleep", and "Lovesick" are all original compositions of Javier Colon, Dia Frampton, Vicci Martinez, and Beverly McClellan respectively.
Non-competition performances (performance show)
Order Performers Song
1 The Voice Coaches "Under Pressure"
2 Pitbull and Ne-Yo "Give Me Everything"
3 Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton "Don't Drink the Water"
Non-competition performances (results show)
Order Performers Song
1 Vicci Martinez and Patrick Monahan "Drops of Jupiter"
2 Javier Colon and Stevie Nicks "Landslide"
3 Beverly McClellan and Ryan Tedder "Good Life"
4 Dia Frampton and Miranda Lambert "The House That Built Me"

Elimination chart[edit]

Color key
Artist's info
Result details
Live show results per week
Artist Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Finale
Javier Colon Safe Advanced Winner
Dia Frampton Safe Advanced Runner-up
Vicci Martinez Safe Advanced 3rd/4th place
Beverly McClellan Safe Advanced
Xenia Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 3)
Casey Weston Safe Eliminated
Nakia Safe Eliminated
Frenchie Davis Safe Eliminated
Devon Barley Eliminated Eliminated
(week 2)
Curtis Grimes Eliminated
Jeff Jenkins Eliminated
The Thompson Sisters Eliminated
Raquel Castro Eliminated Eliminated
(week 1)
Jared Blake Eliminated
Lily Elise Eliminated
Patrick Thomas Eliminated

Performances by guests/coaches[edit]

Episode Show segment Performer(s) Title Hot 100 reaction Hot Digital Songs reaction Performance type
9 Semi-finals Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera "Moves Like Jagger" 8 (debut)[18] 2 (debut)[19] Live performance
Blake Shelton (with Dia Frampton and Xenia) "Honey Bee" 15 (+6)[18] 11(+8)[19] Live performance
10 Semi-finals Results CeeLo Green "Bright Lights Bigger City" did not chart did not chart Live performance
11 Finals Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo "Give Me Everything" 2 (-1)[20] 3 (+1)[21] Live performance
Brad Paisley ft. Blake Shelton "Don't Drink the Water" did not chart did not chart Live performance
12 Finals Results Patrick Monahan (with Vicci Martinez) "Drops of Jupiter" did not chart did not chart Live performance (duet)
Stevie Nicks (with Javier Colon) "Landslide" did not chart did not chart Live performance (duet)
Ryan Tedder (with Beverly McClellan) "Good Life" 9 (+9)[20] 12 (+5)[21] Live performance (duet)
Miranda Lambert (with Dia Frampton) "The House That Built Me" did not chart did not chart Live performance (duet)

The Voice Live on Tour[edit]

In the final episode, Daly announced a summer concert tour. This tour had six stops across the United States, including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Boston, Wallingford and New York. The tour featured the top two finalists from each team, including Javier Colon, Dia Frampton, Vicci Martinez, Beverly McClellan, Xenia, Frenchie Davis, Nakia, and Casey Weston.[22] Out of the six dates, the New York show was a sell-out.[23] However, as overall ticket sales were lackluster, the tour was cancelled in subsequent seasons.[24] In 2014, the tour was resumed from June 21, 2014 to August 2, 2014, including the contestants of the fifth season, the sixth season and the first season contestant Dia Frampton.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
July 27, 2011 Los Angeles United States Gibson Amphitheatre
July 30, 2011 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena
August 2, 2011 Chicago Rosemont Theatre
August 4, 2011 Boston Bank of America Pavilion
August 5, 2011 Wallingford Oakdale Theatre
August 6, 2011 New York City Beacon Theatre

Artists' appearances in other media[edit]



The premiere episode, in what was seen as a relative surprise, was the most watched telecast on the night it aired, garnering more viewers than high-profile competitors Dancing with the Stars on ABC (in persons 18 to 49; DWTS had more overall viewers) and Glee on Fox. The series debut garnered 11.775 million viewers from 9 to 11 p.m. It peaked at 10:45 p.m. with 13.398 million viewers (live+SD).[29]

No. Episode Original air date Viewers
1 The Blind Auditions Premiere, Part 1 April 26, 2011 11.78[30]
2 The Blind Auditions, Part 2 May 3, 2011 12.58[31]
3 The Battles Premiere, Part 1 May 10, 2011 10.45[32]
4 The Battles Premiere, Part 2 May 17, 2011 10.01[33]
5 The Battles, Part 3 May 24, 2011 8.48[34]
6 The Battles, Part 4 May 31, 2011 14.41[35]
7 Live Quarterfinals, Part 1 June 7, 2011 12.31[36]
8 Live Quarterfinals, Part 2 June 14, 2011 12.33[37]
9 Live Semifinals Performance June 21, 2011 12.05[38]
10 Live Semifinals, Results June 22, 2011 10.01[39]
11 Live Finale Performance June 28, 2011 12.70[40]
12 Live Finale Results June 29, 2011 11.05[41]

Critical response[edit]

Rolling Stone's Mallika Rao said of the show's premiere episode, "Could this concept be the best Dutch import since tulips and Eddie Van Halen?"[42] Despite a high viewership in its debut, the show has received mixed reviews on Metacritic, which holds at a 58.[43]


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