The heavily hyped singing show The Voice premiered last night on NBC and if you didn’t watch it, it certainly has promise. Hosted by Carson Daly, there are four coaches–Adam Levine from Maroon 5, Christina Aguilera, country star Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green. What is the show all about? Read on!
The Voice has a unique three stage format that is based on a similar show called The Voice of Holland. First, the coaches must select eight person teams solely by listening to each contestant sing–but with their backs turned. Coaches must decide based only on vocal ability. Once teams are formed, the battle phase begins.
Once the teams are set, the battle is on. Coaches will dedicate themselves to developing their singers, giving them advice, and sharing the secrets of their success. During the battle rounds the coaches will pit two of their own team members against each other to sing the same song together in front of a studio audience. After the vocal face-off, the coach must choose which singers will advance. At the end of the battle episodes, only the strongest members of each coach’s roster remain and proceed to the live stage shows.
The final stage of The Voice is the performance phase which we’re all familiar with from American Idol. Contestants will sing their hearts out on live TV in hopes of getting your vote. Your votes will save one contestant from each team and then the coaches must figure out who stays and who goes from the rest. Once the teams are whittled down to one, they’ll go head to head in the finale where the prize is $100,000 and a recording contract. Sweet!
While The Voice kept my attention, I can’t say if that will be the case next week. The judges, er coaches, didn’t mesh as well as Simon Cowell and the gang on Idol did. (Cee Lo, take off the sunglasses!) But is there talent? Heck yea!
Is reality TV saturated with singing competitions or will The Voice become one of the hottest new shows?