The Voice (U.S. season 1)
|Broadcast from||April 26 –|
June 29, 2011
Alison Haislip (social media)
|Song||"Stitch by Stitch"|
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. The winner receives $100,000 and a record deal with Universal Republic Records. Christina Aguilera CeeLo Green, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are the coaches. Each team of singers are mentored and developed by their coach. In the second stage, coaches have two of their team members battle against each other by singing the same song, with the coach choosing which team member to advance. In the final phase, the remaining contestants compete against each other in live broadcasts. The television audience helps to decide who advances. When one remains for each coach, the four contestants compete against each other in the finale.
Javier Colon was announced as the winner of the first season, marking Adam Levine's first win as a coach
- 1 Overview
- 2 Auditions
- 3 Coaches, host, and social media correspondent
- 4 Teams
- 5 Blind auditions
- 6 The Battles
- 7 Live shows
- 8 Elimination chart
- 9 Performances by guests/coaches
- 10 The Voice Live on Tour
- 11 Tour dates
- 12 Contestant appearances on earlier talent shows
- 13 Reception and TV ratings
- 14 References
The series consists of three phases: a blind audition, a battle phase and live performance shows. Four coaches, all famous musicians, choose teams of 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), then the singer gets to choose their coach. In the final 32 (live shows), Green, J, Am and Shelton were joined by Sia Furler, Monica, music producer Adam Blackstone and Reba McEntire.
Contestant auditions were held in eight cities across the United States between mid-January and mid-February 2017: Chicago, New York, Miami, Nashville, Minneapolis, Austin, Los Angeles, and Seattle. Contestants were also allowed to submit an online applications, which ended on March 1, 2017. For the online auditions, contestants were required to sing one of ten preselected songs.
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). Christina Aguilera came on board in early March 2011. Blake Shelton was added as the final coach on March 7, 2011.
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- Third / Fourth place
- Eliminated in the live shows
- Eliminated in the battles
|Coaches||Top 32 Artists|
|Javier Colon||Casey Weston||Devon Barley||Jeff Jenkins|
|Casey Desmond||Rebecca Loebe||Angela Wolff||Tim Mahoney|
|Vicci Martinez||Nakia||Curtis Grimes||The Thompson Sisters|
|Emily Valentine||Kelsey Rey||Tje Austin||Niki Dawson|
|Beverly McClellan||Frenchie Davis||Raquel Castro||Lily Elise|
|Cherie Oakley||Julia Eason||Justin Grennan||Tarralyn Ramsey|
|Dia Frampton||Xenia||Jared Blake||Patrick Thomas|
|Sara Oromchi||Serabee||Elenowen||Tyler Robinson|
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|✔||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)
Episode 2 (May 3)
The second and final episode of the Blind Audition rounds was broadcast on May 3, 2011.
As, by the end of the regular audition round, only Cee Lo Green had completed his full team of eight finalists, with Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton with seven finalists and Adam Levine only six, selected contestants eliminated previously were given a second chance. The performances in the "second chance round" were as follows:
|Order||Artist||Age||Hometown||Song||Coach's and artist's choices|
|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"||✔|
After the Blind Auditions, each coach had eight contestants for the Battle rounds that aired from May 10 to May 31, 2011. 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 working with Adam Levine; Reba McEntire working with Blake Shelton; Monica working with CeeLo Green; and Sia Furler working with Christina Aguilera.
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|Artist won the Battle and advances to the Live shows|
|Artist lost the Battle and was eliminated|
(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|
(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|
(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|
(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|
Week 1 (June 7 & 13)
After the Final 16 were decided, with four finalists for each coach, June 7, 2011 saw the launching of the live shows (EDT) with Team Christina Aguilera and Team Blake Shelton performing.
Public voting across multiple platforms (phone, smartphone app, web, and iTunes Store) commenced at this point, with two candidates eliminated from each participating team in the first two live shows. Voting lines were opened immediately after the broadcast of each live show on Tuesday and stayed open until 10 AM EDT the following Monday (June 13 for week 1).
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|Artist was saved by the public's vote|
|Artist was saved by his/her coach|
|Artist was eliminated|
|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|
|1||The Voice coaches||"Bohemian Rhapsody",|
"We Will Rock You",
"We Are the Champions"
|2||Christina And Her 4 Finalists||"Lady Marmalade"|
|3||Blake Shelton and his 4 finalists||"This Love"|
Week 2 (June 14 & 20)
On June 14, 2011, Team Adam and Team CeeLo performed.
Voting proceeded as before—following the episode's close and continuing until 10 AM EDT June 20.
- Results from week seven
- From Christina Aguilera's team, the top Public's vote went to Beverly McClellan. Given the chance to save one additional contestant on his team, Aguilera chose to save Frenchie Davis. Thus both Lily Elise and Raquel Castro were eliminated
- From Blake Shelton's team, the top Public's vote went to Dia Frampton. Blake Shelton chose to save Xenia, eliminating Jared Blake and Patrick Thomas
|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|
|08.1||CeeLo and his 4 Finalists||"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)
- Results from week eight
- From CeeLo's team, the top Public's vote went to Vicci Martinez. Given the chance to save one additional contestant on his team, CeeLo chose to save Nakia. Accordingly, The Thompson Sisters and Curtis Grimes were eliminated.
- From Adam's team, the top Public's vote went to Javier Colon. Given the chance to save one additional contestant on his team, Adam chose to save Casey Weston. Devon Barley and Jeff Jenkins were eliminated.
On June 21, 2011, the final eight performed. Voting proceeded following the episode until 10 AM EDT June 22.
|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|
|1.1||Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera||"Moves Like Jagger"|
|1.2||Blake Shelton & his team||"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)
On June 28, 2011, the four finalists each performed an original song and a duet with their coach. Voting proceeded immediately following the episode's close until 10 am eastern June 29. Special guest, Katharine McPhee is promoting for her upcoming television series Smash.
|Artist||Coach||Order||Original song||Order||Duet with coach||Result|
|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||The Voice Coaches||"Under Pressure"|
|2||Pitbull and Ne-Yo||"Give Me Everything"|
|3||Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton||"Don't Drink the Water"|
- Finals results
Airing on June 29, after performances and recaps, Daly first declared that the top two were just 2% apart. Then the top two artists were announced: Dia Frampton and Javier Colon. Despite Dia Frampton's original song, "Inventing Shadows", topping the iTunes singles chart, Javier Colon was declared the first season winner of The Voice.
|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"|
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- Artist's info
- Result details
|Artist||Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4 Finale|
|Vicci Martinez||Safe||Advanced||3rd/4th place|
|The Thompson Sisters||Eliminated|
Performances by guests/coaches
|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)||2 (debut)||Live performance|
|Blake Shelton (with Dia Frampton and Xenia)||"Honey Bee"||15 (+6)||11(+8)||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)||3 (+1)||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)||12 (+5)||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
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. Out of the six dates, the New York show was a sell-out. However, as overall ticket sales were lackluster, the tour was cancelled in subsequent seasons. 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.
|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|
Contestant appearances on earlier talent shows
- Frenchie Davis was a semi-finalist on the season two of American Idol but was disqualified.
- Emily Valentine auditioned for the eighth season of American Idol under the name Emily Wynn-Hughes but was cut in the Hollywood Rounds.
- The Thompson Sisters appeared on American Juniors in 2003 as separate acts; both winning the highest prize on the show to join the American Juniors group.
- Vicci Martinez appeared on Star Search in 2003, but did not make it past the semi-finals.
Reception and TV ratings
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).
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?" Despite a high viewership in its debut, the show has received mixed reviews on Metacritic, which holds at a 58.
|No.||Episode||Original air date||Viewers|
|1||The Blind Auditions Premiere, Part 1||April 26, 2011||11.78|
|2||The Blind Auditions, Part 2||May 3, 2011||12.58|
|3||The Battles Premiere, Part 1||May 10, 2011||10.45|
|4||The Battles Premiere, Part 2||May 17, 2011||10.01|
|5||The Battles, Part 3||May 24, 2011||8.48|
|6||The Battles, Part 4||May 31, 2011||14.41|
|7||Live Quarterfinals, Part 1||June 7, 2011||12.31|
|8||Live Quarterfinals, Part 2||June 14, 2011||12.33|
|9||Live Semifinals Performance||June 21, 2011||12.05|
|10||Live Semifinals, Results||June 22, 2011||10.01|
|11||Live Finale Performance||June 28, 2011||12.70|
|12||Live Finale Results||June 29, 2011||11.05|
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