The Voice of Germany
|The Voice of Germany|
|Created by||John de Mol|
Roel van Velzen
|Directed by||Mark Achterberg|
|Country of origin||Germany|
|No. of seasons||8|
|No. of episodes||101+|
|Executive producer(s)||Christiane Knaup|
|Production location(s)||TV Studio Adlershof|
|Production company(s)||Talpa and |
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||24 November 2011- present|
|Related shows||The Voice of Holland|
The Voice (U.S.)
The Voice UK
The Voice Kids
The Voice Senior
The Voice of Germany is a German reality talent show created by John de Mol and based on the concept The Voice of Holland. It is part of an international series. It began airing on ProSieben and Sat.1 on November 24, 2011.
- 1 Format
- 2 Development, production and marketing
- 3 Coaches and presenters
- 4 Coaches and finalists
- 5 Season summary
- 6 Awards
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The series consists of three phases: a blind audition, a battle phase and live performance shows. Four judges/coaches, all noteworthy recording artists, choose teams of contestants through a blind audition process. Each judge 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 judges want the same singer (as happens frequently), the singer has the final choice of coach.
Each team of singers is mentored and developed by its respective coach. In the second stage, called the battle phase, coaches have two of their team members battle against each other directly by singing the same song together, with the coach choosing which team member to advance from each of four individual "battles" into the first live round. Within that first live round, the surviving four acts from each team again compete head-to-head, with public votes determining one of two acts from each team that will advance to the final eight, while the coach chooses which of the remaining three acts comprises the other performer remaining on the team.
In the final phase, the remaining contestants (Final 32) compete against each other in live broadcasts. The television audience and the coaches have equal say 50/50 in deciding who moves on to the final 4 phase. With one team member remaining for each coach, the (final 4) contestants compete against each other in the finale with the outcome decided solely by public vote.
In Season 2, the battle format was extended into the live shows. The eight contestants in one team competed in battles until one finalist is left. The winner of these battle was selected by a 50%-mixture of a coach and televoting.
In Season 3, the live show battle format was abolished after it was criticized that popular contestants had to compete against each other. The number of live shows was reduced from six to four. The knockout round where contestants who succeeded from battle rounds compete for live shows was introduced in this season. It was first seen in the third season of The Voice US. The Cross-battle was also introduced in season 3 and was extended to season 4. In season 5, four contestants received the highest vote from the public advanced to the Live Finals regardless of what team they are from. But from the sixth season onwards, only one contestant from each team who received the highest vote out of their teams' top 3 was sent to the finals.
Development, production and marketing
In April 2011, ProSieben announced its intention to bring an adaptation of The Voice of Holland to Germany. In July 2011, ProSieben began announcements of the coaches/judges for the series. First to sign on were Nena and Xavier Naidoo. Rea Garvey, "Boss Burns" (Alec Völkel) and "Hoss Power" (Sascha Vollmer) joined in late August 2011.
Coaches and presenters
|Michi & Smudo|
Xavier Naidoo (2011–2012)
Rea Garvey (2011–2012, 2014–2015)
Boss Burns & Hoss Power (duo, 2011–2013)
Max Herre (2013)
Samu Haber (2013–2014, 2016–2017)
Stefanie Kloss (the girl is the coach, 2014–2015)
Michi Beck (duo, 2014–)
Smudo (duo, 2014–)
Andreas Bourani (2015–2016)
Yvonne Catterfeld (2016–)
Mark Forster (2017–)
Michael Patrick Kelly (2018–)
Coaches and finalists
- – Winning Coach/Contestant. Winners are in bold, eliminated contestants in small font.
- – Runner-Up Coach/Contestant. Final contestant first listed.
- – 3rd Place Coach/Contestant. Final contestant first listed.
- – 4th Place Coach/Contestant. Final contestant first listed.
|Seasons||Coaches and their team|
|Rea Garvey||Nena||Boss Burns &
Lisa Martine Weller
Sami & Samira Badawi
Raffa Shira Banggard
|3||Max Herre||Nena||Boss Burns &
Yasemin "Jazz" Akkar
Aalijah Tabatha Hahnemann
Judith van Hel
|4||Rea Garvey||Stefanie Kloss||Michi Beck & Smudo||Samu Haber|
Philipp Leon Altmeyer
Björn Amadeus Kahl
Anna Liza Risse
|Charley Ann Schmutzler
|5||Rea Garvey||Stefanie Kloss||Michi Beck & Smudo||Andreas Bourani|
| Denise Beiler
Cheryl Vorsterman van Oijen
Matthias Nzola Zanquila
|6||Samu Haber||Yvonne Catterfeld||Michi Beck & Smudo||Andreas Bourani|
|Boris Alexander Stein
|7||Samu Haber||Yvonne Catterfeld||Michi Beck & Smudo||Mark Forster|
Lara Samira Will
|8||Mark Forster||Yvonne Catterfeld||Michi Beck & Smudo||Michael Patrick Kelly|
James Smith Jr.
|Eros Atomus Isler
|Season||Premiere||Finale||Winner||Runner-up||Third place||Fourth place||Winning coach||Host||Coaches (order)|
|1||November 24, 2011||February 10, 2012||Ivy Quainoo||Kim Sanders||Michael Schulte||Max Giesinger||The BossHoss||Stefan Gödde||Rea||Nena||BossHoss||Xavier|
|2||October 18, 2012||December 14, 2012||Nick Howard||Isabell Schmidt||Michael Lane||James Borges||Rea Garvey||Thore Schölermann|
|3||October 17, 2013||December 20, 2013||Andreas Kümmert||Chris Schummert||Judith van Hel||Debbie Schippers||Max Herre||Samu||Max|
|4||October 9, 2014||December 12, 2014||Charley Ann Schmutzler||Lina Arndt||Andrei Vesa||Marion Campbell||Michi & Smudo||Rea||Michi & Smudo||Stefanie||Samu|
|5||October 15, 2015||December 17, 2015||Jamie-Lee Kriewitz||Ayke Witt||Tiffany Kemp||Isabel Ment||Thore Schölermann
|Stefanie||Michi & Smudo||Andreas|
|6||October 20, 2016||December 18, 2016||Tay Schmedtmann||Robin Resch||Marc Amacher||Boris Alexander Stein||Andreas Bourani||Samu||Yvonne|
|7||October 19, 2017||December 17, 2017||Natia Todua||Benedikt Köstler||Anna Heimrath||BB Thomaz||Samu Haber||Mark||Michi & Smudo||Yvonne||Samu|
|8||October 18, 2018||December 16, 2018||Samuel Rösch||Benjamin Dolic||Jessica Schaffler||Eros Atomus Isler||Michael Patrick Kelly||Michael Patrick||Mark|
|9||October 2019||December 2019||TBA||TBA|
Season 1: 2011-2012
Season 1 premiered on ProSieben on 24 November 2011. RTL's successful talent show Das Supertalent was scheduled at the same time as The Voice of Germany. While RTL achieved higher viewer figures with 5.83 million viewers (18.1% market share) compared to The Voice of Germany's 3.89 million viewers (12.4% market share), the ProSieben show was more popular amongst the 14-49 target group, with 3.06 million viewers (23.8% market share) compared to Das Supertalent's 2.99 million viewers (22.8% market share). The following day, The Voice of Germany aired on Sat.1 for the first time.
On Sat.1, The Voice of Germany increased its viewers to 4.36 million (14.3% market share) and viewers in the 14-49 bracket remained almost the same at 3.05 million viewers (26.6% market share). The show saw a significant drop in ratings during the live shows. The final was watched by 4.01 million viewers, a market share of 12.9%.
Season 2: 2012
After a successful Season 1, Prosieben and Sat.1 decided to run another season in 2012. The format of the show stayed the same and all four judges returned for season 2. In June 2012, it was announced that Stefan Gödde would not return for Season 2, because of other projects. He was replaced by actor Thore Schölermann.
Season 2 premiered on 18 October 2012 on Prosieben. It was the most popular program that day with 4.69 million viewers (15.5% market share) and 3.46 million viewers among the 14-49 target group (28.5% market share). The program achieved record ratings the following day with 5.24 million viewers and a market share of 21.9%.
The winner of the second season was Nick Howard with his song "Unbreakable". The song debuted #5 on the German Media Control charts.
Season 3: 2013
After the successful ratings in the blind auditions in Season 2, Prosieben and Sat.1 announced a third season in 2013. After major speculations it was announced in August 2013 that Xavier Naidoo and Rea Garvey would leave the show for other projects. They were replaced by Samu Haber and Max Herre. Nena and The BossHoss returned for their third season as coaches. Thore Schölermann returned for his second season as host.
Season 3 began on 17 October 2013 on Prosieben. It was the most popular program that day with 4.03 million viewers (13.5% market share) and 2.73 million viewers among the 14-49 target group (24.1% market share). The rating was 660,000 fewer viewers than the series 2 launch.
Season 4: 2014
On 18 March 2014, Alec Völkel and Sascha Vollmer of The BossHoss announced that they would no longer be coaches for the fourth season. Five days later, Nena also announced her exit from the show. On March 27, 2014, Michi Beck & Smudo of Die Fantastischen Vier was announced as The BossHoss' replacement.  On April 3, 2014, Samu Haber announced on Facebook that he would coach in the fourth season. On May 6, 2014, it was announced that Max Herre had left the show, but Rea Garvey returned after one season hiatus. On July 3, Silbermond frontwoman Stefanie Kloss' management announced that she would replace Nena on the jury. This season was again hosted by Thore Schölermann and the backstage presenter was Doris Golpashin. The winner of the fourth season was Charley Ann Schmutzler from team Michi & Smudo with her song "Blue Heart".
Season 5: 2015
In early May 2015, Samu Haber announced his exit from the show. He was replaced by Andreas Bourani. The other three coaches remained on the show. The backstage presenter Doris Golpashin was replaced by Lena Gercke. The winner of the fifth season was Jamie-Lee Kriewitz from team Micho & Smudo with her song "Ghost", which was also the German contribution to the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 a few months later.
Season 6: 2016
At the end of April 2016, it was announced that Rea Garvey would leave the show and Samu Haber would return. On 14 June 2016, it was announced that Michi Beck & Smudo and Andreas Bourani would continue to be coaches, whereas Stefanie Kloss would be replaced by Yvonne Catterfeld. On September 15, 2016, it was announced that the show would be broadcast on ProSieben on Thursdays and on Sat.1 on Sunday from October 20, 2016. The winner of the sixth season is Tay Schmedtmann from team Andreas.
Season 7: 2017
For the seventh season, Andreas Bourani was replaced by The Voice Kids coach Mark Forster. Yvonne Catterfeld, Samu Haber as well as Michi Beck and Smudo all returned. Also hosts Thore Schölermann and Lena Gercke remained on the show. The season started on 19 October 2017 and ended on 17 December 2017. The winner is Natia Todua from team Samu. None of the finalist sang their original song this year.
Season 8: 2018
During the seventh season, it was announced that there would be an eighth season in 2018. Host Lena Gercke and Thore Schölermann remained. In May 2018, the management of Samu Haber confirmed that he would not be a coach for the eighth season. He was replaced by Michael Patrick Kelly. Yvonne Catterfeld, Mark Forster and Michi Beck & Smudo all returned as coaches.
Season 9: 2019
|2012||Beste Unterhaltung (Best Entertainment)||Won|
|2012||Beste Unterhaltung Show (Best Entertainment Show)||Won|
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