New on TV: The Voice

2011-10-05 14:35
The Voice
Get ready for an exciting new reality talent show - The Voice - starting on SABC3 on Wednesday October 5 at 20:00.

The Voice is a hit show from reality show king Mark Burnett and takes an innovative approach to finding the greatest singing talent in the US. Each contestant auditions "blindly" - i.e. the judges have their backs turned to the singer onstage and judge them on the performance only.

The show boasts an all-star line-up of judges - Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine and country music singer Blake Shelton -  and is hosted by Carson Daly.

More about The Voice from NBC:

The Voice is a vocal competition series modeled after Holland's top-rated vocal talent discovery show, The Voice of Holland. Hosted by Carson Daly, the show features four musician coaches: Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, who will coach only the most talented vocalists.

The show's innovative format features three stages of competition: the first begins with the blind audition, then the competition enters into a battle phase, and finally, the live performance. The show's casting team is working with the music industry and searching the country for the best singers to bring to the blind audition process. During the blind auditions, the decisions from the coaches are based solely on voice and not on looks. The coaches hear the contestants perform, but they don't get to see them - thanks to rotating chairs. If a coach is impressed by a contestant's voice, he/she pushes a button to select the contestant. At this point, the coach's chair will swivel to face the contestant selected. If more than one coach selects the talent, the power shifts to the contestant, who may choose which coach they want to work with throughout the competition.

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. In this final performance phase of the competition, the top contestants from each team will compete against each other during a live broadcast. The television audience will vote to save one contestant on each team, leaving the coach to decide live who they want to save and who will not move on. At last, each coach will have his/her best contestant left standing to compete in the finale. From these four, one will be named The Voice - and will receive the grand prize of a recording contract and $100 000.

* Catch The Voice on Wednesdays from October 5 at 20:00 on SABC3. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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