The Voice

9:00pm – Tuesday, May 3 on CTV

The blind auditions continue as superstar singers Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton determine which vocalists advance to the battle rounds.

The Voice is here and it’s giving juggernaut American Idol a run for it’s money.

The show kicked off with a bang on Tuesday night (NBC/CTV) and it didn’t shy away from telling the audience how much it’s NOT Idol. We’ve all seen the promo’s so it wasn’t a complete surprise how “nice” all the judges were. There was no awful singers, no open calls, basically everything Idol is not.

Right off the bat pre-determined (non-filmed) contestants were brought on stage and began singing. The judges (Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Christina Aguleira, Cee Lo Green) have their backs facing the artist. If they like what they hear they push a button and are turned around to face the artists (I got dizzy a couple of times). If more then one “coach” likes the artist then they must decide who they want to be teamed up with.

It was very interesting to see the reactions of the coaches when they saw the person that was singing. I would have appreciated it more if there was more genuine reactions but something tells me they were told to not make a big deal about it or were doing it out of respect.

Regardless.. it kept me entertained through the entire 2 hour show. If you haven’t guessed I am not the biggest American Idol fan. And this show will only take a couple of months from start to finish. Not like Idol where it’s a 4 month process.

And the viewing public agreed making it the number one show for the night and the best debut for a new series on any network since Undcover Boss (CBS) last year.

The one down fall? Carson Daly. He has never been my cup of tea and this did nothing to help that.

Did you watch? Will it take down Idol? Only time will tell.


9:00pm – Tuesday, April 26 on CTV

Hosted by Carson Daly, THE VOICE features singers as they compete in blind auditions for superstar coaches GRAMMY Award-winner Christina Aguilera, chart-topper Cee Lo Green, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and country music crooner Blake Shelton. With their backs to the stage, the coaches can only hear “the voice”, and cannot see the competitors. When they like someone, the coaches hit their “I Want You Button” to select singers for their team, turning around in their chairs to see them for the first time.

CTV, together with Talpa, announced today that CTV has acquired the exclusive Canadian broadcast rights to new big-buzz series THE VOICE.

Based on the blockbuster Dutch series THE VOICE OF HOLLAND, THE VOICE challenges celebrity coaches to find the next vocal sensation in a revolutionary new way.

Now coming to North America, the 13-part program brings together two of television’s biggest unscripted hit-makers for the first time, John de Mol and Mark Burnett. 

THE VOICE debuts on CTV on Tuesday April 26, simulcast with NBC, with same-week encores on MUCHMUSIC and E!. Airing weekly through June, THE VOICE provides CTV with its first Spring-into-Summer tentpole program. 

The series airs Tuesdays from 9-11 p.m. ET on April 26 and May 3 on CTV, before taking over the Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET timeslot beginning May 10. Episodes also air on MUCHMUSIC on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. ET and on E! on Saturdays at 6 p.m. ET

“THE VOICE has it all: pedigree, concept, star-power and production value,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks. “It is perfectly cast and has the potential to instantly become water-cooler viewing not only for CTV, but for MUCHMUSIC and E! as well. And with a series footprint that stretches through June, it also delivers fresh and engaging programming well into the Summer.”

“I have greatly admired John de Mol ever since I met him when BIG BROTHER and SURVIVOR were both premiering,” said executive producer Mark Burnett in a previous announcement. “VOICE OF HOLLAND is a monster hit and proves that viewers will always tune in to hear incredible singing voices.”

Hosted by Carson Daly, THE VOICE is unlike any singing competition in North America. Its totally new and unique format pits celebrity coaches Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and country star Blake Shelton against each other as they select singers they’d like to work with and mentor throughout the season. Meet the cast of THE VOICE here.

The show’s innovative format features three stages of competition. The series begins with a series of blind auditions, before entering into a battle phase, followed finally by live performance episodes.

In the first two weeks, singers compete in the blind auditions where the coaches can only hear “the voice”, and not see the competitors. When they like someone, the coaches hit their “I Want You Button” to select singers for their team, turning around in their chairs to see them for the first time. After selecting competitors based solely on their vocals, the judges battle to keep their singers in the competition, enlisting the help of their personal songwriters, producers, and high-powered friends to help their teams evolve.

After the initial auditions, four battle rounds will allow each coach to narrow down their team from eight to four, leaving a total of 16 singers in the competition. Then, the decision shifts to the viewers as they have the opportunity to vote for their favourite singers on each judge’s team. Throughout four weeks of competition, the teams will be narrowed down from 16, to 12, to eight, to four, until each judge has only one singer left standing. In the end, one contestant will win a recording contract as well as $100,000. They’ll also get bragging rights for their superstar coach and the prestigious title of “The Voice.” 

THE VOICE is a presentation of Talpa, Mark Burnett and Warner Horizon Television. The series is created by John de Mol, who executive-produces along with Mark Burnett. THE VOICE is based on THE VOICE OF HOLLAND format.

Christina Aguilera has been confirmed as the third coach for the all-new NBC talent series The Voice.

The pop singer has been named alongside Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine as the judges/mentors for the new Mark Burnett series.

“I am so excited to be part of such a wonderful project that celebrates music and the talent behind it,” Aguilera said in a statement. “To be given the opportunity to help shape new artists’ careers and mentor them to see their dreams come to fruition is a task I welcome with open arms.mI am so happy to be working with fellow Grammy Award winners Adam and Cee Lo as I feel there is so much we can all bring to The Voice.”

Mark Burnett said: “When I decided to produce The Voice, I immediately knew that my first choice for a female coach had to be Christina Aguilera. Christina has a perfect voice and is an undeniable force in the music business. She is the epitome of The Voice.”

The Voice hits screens on April 26 this year.

Source: Entertainment Weekly