The Voice of Germany
|The Voice of Germany|
|Country of origin||Germany|
|No. of seasons||9|
|No. of episodes||135|
|Executive producer(s)||Christiane Knaup|
|Production location(s)||Studio Adlershof, Berlin|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||November 24, 2011 –|
The Voice of Germany is a German reality talent show created by John de Mol, based on the concept The Voice of Holland and it is part of an international series. It began airing on ProSieben and Sat.1 on November 24, 2011.
There are five different stages to the show: producers' auditions, blind auditions, battle rounds, sign offs, and live shows. There have been nine winners to date: Ivy Quainoo, Nick Howard, Andreas Kümmert, Charley Ann Schmutzler, Jamie-Lee Kriewitz, Tay Schmedtmann, Natia Todua, Samuel Rösch, and the latest Claudia Emmanuela Santoso.
The show was originally presented by Stefan Gödde. However, from 2012 onwards Thore Schölermann has presented the show and from 2015 together with Lena Gercke are hosting the show. The coaches for the current ninth season features Mark Forster, Rea Garvey, Alice Merton and Sido. Other coaches from previous seasons include Nena, The BossHoss, Xavier Naidoo, Max Herre, Samu Haber, Stefanie Kloss, Michi & Smudo, Andreas Bourani, Yvonne Catterfeld and Michael Patrick Kelly. In the ninth season, Nico Santos was featured as an off-screen fifth coach for "Comeback Stage" contestants.
On 2018, The Voice of Germany was renewed for a ninth series which premiered on September 12, 2019. On November 3, 2019, it was announced the tenth series which will premiere on 2020. On April 5, 2013, premiered on Sat.1 the kids version of the show and have been played so far seven seasons. In 2019, The Voice Kids was renewed for an eighth series which will air in 2020. On December 23, 2018, premiered on Sat.1 the seniors version of the show and have been played so far one season. The second season of The Voice Senior began airing on November 24, 2019.
- 1 Format
- 2 Production
- 3 Coaches and presenters
- 4 Coaches and finalists
- 5 Series overview
- 6 Reception
- 7 Awards
- 8 References
- 9 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.
For ninth season, the show added a brand new phase of competition called The Voice: Comeback Stage by SEAT that was exclusive to thevoiceofgermany.de. It was shown for the first time in the fifteenth season of the American version. After failing to turn a chair in the blind auditions or eliminated from battles and sing offs, artists had the chance to be selected by fifth coach Nico Santos to become a member of his person team. The two winners will compete in the semi-finals against the talents of the coaches Alice Merton, Rea Garvey, Sido and Mark Forster live on TV and so they can The Voice of Germany 2019 become.
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|
- Featured as a full-time coach
- Featured as a part-time coach
The BossHoss (duo, 2011–2013)
Xavier Naidoo (2011–2012)
Rea Garvey (2011–2012, 2014–2015, 2019–)
Max Herre (2013)
Samu Haber (2013–2014, 2016–2017)
Stefanie Kloss (2014–2015)
Michi Beck (duo, 2014–2018)
Smudo (duo, 2014–2018)
Andreas Bourani (2015–2016)
Yvonne Catterfeld (2016–2018)
Mark Forster (2017–)
Michael Patrick Kelly (2018)
Alice Merton (2019–)
Nico Santos (2019–)
- Main presenter
- Backstage presenter
Coaches and finalists
- Third place
- Fourth/Fifth place
Winners are in bold, the finalists in the finale are in italicized font, and the eliminated artists are in small font.
|Season||Coaches and their finalists|
|1||Rea Garvey||Nena||Boss Burns & Hoss Power||Xavier Naidoo|
Lisa Martine Weller
Sami & Samira Badawi
Raffa Shira Banggard
|3||Samu Haber||Nena||Boss Burns & Hoss Power||Max Herre|
Judith van Hel
Aalijah Tabatha Hahnemann
Yasemin "Jazz" Akkar
|4||Rea Garvey||Michi Beck & Smudo||Stefanie Kloss||Samu Haber|
Philipp Leon Altmeyer
|Charley Ann Schmutzler
Björn Amadeus Kahl
Anna Liza Risse
|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||Mark Forster||Michi Beck & Smudo||Yvonne Catterfeld||Samu Haber|
Lara Samira Will
|8||Michael Patrick Kelly||Michi Beck & Smudo||Yvonne Catterfeld||Mark Forster|
|Eros Atomus Isler
James Smith Jr.
|9||Mark Forster||Alice Merton||Sido||Rea Garvey||Nico Santos|
|Claudia Emmanuela Santoso
From the first season until the fourth the Coaches' advisors was in the Battle rounds and from season sixth are in the Sing Offs.
|Season||Team Rea||Team Nena||Team BossHoss||Team Xavier|
|1||Nerina Pallot||Derek von Krogh||Jan Löchel||Michael Herberger|
|3||Team Samu||Team Nena||Team BossHoss||Team Max|
|Brix||Derek von Krogh
|4||Team Rea||Team Michi & Smudo||Team Stefanie||Team Samu|
|Andy Chatterley||Thomilla||Alexander Freund||Brix|
|5||Team Rea||Team Stefanie||Team Michi & Smudo||Team Andreas|
|6||Team Samu||Team Yvonne||Team Michi & Smudo||Team Andreas|
|Shawn Mendes||Alicia Keys||Robbie Williams||Emeli Sandé|
|7||Team Mark||Team Yvonne||Team Michi & Smudo||Team Samu|
|Rita Ora||Demi Lovato||Beth Ditto||Jason Derulo|
|8||Team Michael Patrick||Team Michi & Smudo||Team Yvonne||Team Mark|
|Olly Murs||Jess Glynne||Josh Groban||Dua Lipa|
|9||Team Mark||Team Alice||Team Sido||Team Rea|
|Natasha Bedingfield||Ryan Tedder||James Blunt||Michael Schulte|
|Season||Premiere||Finale||Winner||Runner-up||Third place||Fourth place||Fifth place||Winning coach||Presenters||Coaches (chair's order)||Online-Coach|
|1||November 24, 2011||February 10, 2012||Ivy Quainoo||Kim Sanders||Michael Schulte||Max Giesinger||No fifth finalist||The BossHoss||Stefan Gödde
|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 A. 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||September 12, 2019||November 10, 2019||Claudia E. Santoso||Erwin Kintop||Lucas Rieger||Fidi Steinbeck||Freschta Akbarzada||Alice Merton||Mark||Alice||Sido||Rea||Nico|
- Backstage presenter.
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 No. 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 27 March 2014, Michi Beck & Smudo of Die Fantastischen Vier was announced as The BossHoss' replacement. On 3 April 2014, Samu Haber announced on Facebook that he would coach in the fourth season. On 6 May 2014, it was announced that Max Herre had left the show, but Rea Garvey returned after one season hiatus. On 3 July 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 as coaches, whereas Stefanie Kloss was replaced by Yvonne Catterfeld. On 15 September 2016, it was announced that the show would be broadcast on ProSieben on Thursdays and on Sat.1 on Sunday from 20 October 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 finalists 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. The Winner was Samuel Rösch from Michael Patrick Kelly's Team.
Season 9: 2019
The ninth season began on September 12, 2019. The coaches are Mark Forster, Rea Garvey, Alice Merton and Sido. For the first time in the show's history, the season will feature a fifth coach, Nico Santos, who selected contestants who did not turn a chair in the Blind Auditions or was eliminated from later rounds of the competition, to participate in Comeback Stage by SEAT.
In the media, the casting show met some critical voices. In the selection of candidates is prefiltered, so that conspicuously many candidates look attractive or bring along moving stories.
The contracts of the participants were also criticized. During the TV show, the candidates are usually prescribed which songs they have to sing. Even after the end of the show, they are bound to the Universal Music Group. The financial terms up to and including the third album by the TV show were not negotiable.
|Season||Time slot||Episodes||Premiered||Ended||TV season||Viewers|
|One||Thursdays 8:15 pm
Fridays 8:15 pm
|17||November 24, 2011||3.89||February 10, 2012||4.01||2011–2012||4.16|
|Two||16||October 18, 2012||4.69||December 14, 2012||3.42||2012–2013||4.02|
|Three||17||October 17, 2013||4.03||December 20, 2013||3.60||2013–2014||3.67|
|Four||17||October 9, 2014||3.84||December 12, 2014||3.15||2014–2015||3.52|
|Five||17||October 15, 2015||3.81||December 17, 2015||2.92||2015–2016||3.27|
|Six||Thursdays 8:15 pm
Sundays 8:15 pm
|17||October 20, 2016||4.10||December 18, 2016||3.08||2016–2017||3.58|
|Seven||17||October 19, 2017||3.77||December 17, 2017||3.31||2017–2018||3.70|
|Eight||17||October 18, 2018||3.23||December 16, 2018||2.54||2018–2019||2.94|
|Nine||17||September 12, 2019||3.21||November 10, 2019||2.58||2019–2020||TBA|
|2012||Goldene Kamera||Best Reality Television Series||Won|
|Deutscher Fernsehpreis||Best Entertainment Show||Won|
|2015||Live-Entertainment-Award (LEA Award)||Artist / Young Talent of the Year 2014||Nominated|
|2016||Deutscher Fernsehpreis||Best entertainment primetime||Nominated|
|Internationale Eyes & Ears Awards||Best interaction campaign||Nominated|
|Best On-Air Program Spot: Show & Entertainment||Won|
|Best cross-media event campaign||Nominated|
|2017||Bavarian TV Awards||Best Entertainment Show||Won|
|Internationale Eyes & Ears Awards||Best special advertising form||Nominated|
|2018||Deutscher Fernsehpreis||Best Entertainment Show||Won|
|Internationale Eyes & Ears Awards||Best use of music||Nominated|
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