The Voice (American season 1)
|Hosted by||Carson Daly|
Alison Haislip (social media)
|Winning coach||Adam Levine|
|Original release||April 26 –|
June 29, 2011
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
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. Contestants were also allowed to submit an online applications, which ended on March 1, 2011. 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.
- Color key
- Third / Fourth place
- Eliminated in 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|
- 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)
Episode 2 (May 3)
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|
|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 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|
(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)
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|
|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
(Raquel Castro, Beverly McClellan, Lily Elise and Frenchie Davis)
|3||Blake Shelton and his 4 finalists
(Jared Blake, Dia Frampton, Xenia and Patrick Thomas)
Week 2 (June 14 & 20)
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.
|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
(The Thompson Sisters, Vicci Martinez, Nakia and Curtis Grimes)
|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)
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|
|1.1||Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera||"Moves Like Jagger"|
|1.2||Blake Shelton & his team
(Dia Frampton & Xenia)
|2.1||The Final 8||"Faith/Freedom! 90" medley|
|2.2||CeeLo Green||"Bright Lights Bigger City"|
Week 4: Finale (June 28 & 29)
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|
|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"|
|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"|
- Color key
- 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|
Artists' appearances in other media
- 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.
- Kelsey Rey auditioned for American Idol under the name Kelsey Laverack.
- Raquel Castro would later appear on the second season of Songland.
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).
|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|
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.
- Molloy, Tim (April 29, 2011). "Reba, Monica, Sia joining 'The Voice'". MSN. Archived from the original on May 2, 2011. Retrieved April 30, 2011.
- "NBC's New Singing Competition Series 'The Voice' (Working Title) Announces Open Auditions In Cities Across America In 2011" (Press release). NBC-Universal. December 17, 2010. Archived from the original on October 19, 2013. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
- "NBC.com Brings the Audition Experience Directly to Viewers With New Interactive Tool for Upcoming Reality Competition Series "The Voice"". The Futon Critic. February 18, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
- "The Voice – Online Auditions". Official website. NBC. Archived from the original on August 5, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
- "NBC YouTube channel : Time after Time". April 2011.
- "Frenchie Davis returns! 'Idol' castoff passes blind audition on NBC's 'The Voice'". March 18, 2011.
- "NBC.com : The Voice Promo". April 2011. Archived from the original on April 23, 2011.
- "'Rock Star: Supernova' Winner Lukas Rossi to Compete on 'The Voice'". Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2011-06-30.
- Ng, Philiana (February 28, 2011). "Cee Lo Green, Maroon 5's Adam Levine Join NBC's 'The Voice'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
- Hibberd, James (March 2, 2011). "Official: Christina Aguilera joins NBC's 'The Voice'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
- Ng, Philiana (March 7, 2011). "Blake Shelton Joins NBC's 'The Voice' as Fourth Judge". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
- "Carson Daly to Host NBC's 'The Voice'". The Hollywood Reporter. February 1, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
- "NBC Names Alison Haislip, G4's "Attack of the Show!", As Backstage Online and Social Media Correspondent for New Musical Competition Series "The Voice"". The Futon Critic. March 28, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
- Peppy, Tracy. "WATCH: Christina Aguilera & 'The Voice' Coaches' "Crazy" Performance!". iVillage. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
- "NBC: Live blogging The Voice - Week 1".
- "NBC: Live blogging The Voice - Week 2". Archived from the original on 2013-01-04.
- Caufield, Keith (July 6, 2011). "Beyonce Notches 4th Billboard 200 No. 1 with '4'". Billboard.
- "Billboard Hot 100 Archive (July 09, 2011)". Retrieved April 30, 2012.
- "Billboard Hot Digital Songs Archive (July 09, 2011)". Retrieved May 1, 2012.
- "Billboard Hot 100 Archive (July 16, 2011)". Retrieved April 30, 2012.
- "Billboard Hot Digital Songs Archive (July 16, 2011)". Retrieved May 1, 2012.
- "'The Voice' Tour Sets Summer Dates".
- "Idols, Voices and Others Take a Crack at Post-TV Careers".
- Whitney, Alyse. "Does The Voice Tour? You Asked, We Answered!". Wetpaint.com. Retrieved May 22, 2013.
- Angermiller, Michele Amabile (June 22, 2012). "Frenchie Davis of 'American Idol' Comes Out". Billboard.
- Giltz, Michael (February 13, 2009). "American Idol Returns — Phoenix". Huffington Post.
- Kaufman, Spencer (May 9, 2011). "Who Are Tori and Taylor Thompson From The Voice?".
- Kaufman, Spencer (April 27, 2011). "Vicci Martinez Appeared on 'Idol' and 'Star Search' Before 'The Voice'". Popcrush.
- Kenneally, Tim (April 27, 2011). "Ratings: 'The Voice' Beats 'Dancing With the Stars,' 'Glee' in Major Upset". The Wrap.
- Rome, Emily. "NBC's 'Idol' rival 'The Voice' debuts huge; highest rated premiere of the season | Inside TV | EW.com". Insidetv.ew.com. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
- Seidman, Robert (May 3, 2011). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'The Voice,' 'NCIS,' 'Dancing With The Stars,' 'Glee,' 'The Biggest Loser,' 'Hellcats' Adjusted Up; 'Raising Hope,' 'Traffic Light' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on May 6, 2011. Retrieved May 3, 2011.
- Gorman, Bill (May 11, 2011). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'The Voice,' 'Glee,' 'Dancing' Adjusted Up; 'Raising Hope,' 'Traffic Light' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on May 13, 2011. Retrieved May 19, 2011.
- Seidman, Robert (May 18, 2011). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'Breaking In,' 'The Good Wife,' 'Body of Proof' Adjusted Down; 'NCIS,' 'NCIS: LA,' 'Glee,' 'The Biggest Loser' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on May 21, 2011. Retrieved May 19, 2011.
- Gorman, Bill (May 25, 2011). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'American Idol,' 'Dancing with the Stars' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on May 28, 2011. Retrieved May 27, 2011.
- Gorman, Bill (May 31, 2011). "TV Ratings Tuesday: Heat/Mavs NBA Finals Ratings Up; 'America's Got Talent' Premiere & 'The Voice' Jump". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
- "TV Ratings Tuesday:TV Ratings: 'The Voice,' 'America's Got Talent' Boost NBC". TV by the Numbers. June 8, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
- Gorman, Bill (June 15, 2011). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'America's Got Talent,' 'The Voice' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on June 18, 2011. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
- "TV Ratings: Tuesday Final Ratings: 'America's Got Talent,' 'The Voice' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. June 22, 2011. Archived from the original on June 24, 2011. Retrieved June 22, 2011.
- "TV Ratings: Wednesday Final Ratings: Unscrambled Program Ratings for 'The Voice,' 'America's Got Talent,' 'So You Think You Can Dance". TV by the Numbers. June 23, 2011. Archived from the original on June 25, 2011. Retrieved June 22, 2011.
- "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'America's Got Talent,' 'The Voice,' 'MasterChef,' '101 Ways' Adjusted Up - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. June 29, 2011. Archived from the original on July 1, 2011. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
- "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'The Voice,' 'America's Got Talent,' 'So You Think You Can Dance' Adjusted Up - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. June 30, 2011. Archived from the original on July 3, 2011. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
- Mallika, Rao (2011-04-27). "'The Voice' Recap: The Shtick Succeeded". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 4, 2011.
- "The Voice : Season 1". Metacritic.
"The Voice - Season 1 Episode Guide". NBC.com. Retrieved 15 June 2013.