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The Voice

The Voice

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Photo Credit:  Art Streiber/NBC
  • Premiered: 
    April 26, 2011
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  • Network: NBC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the Dutch TV series (The Voice of Holland) 
  • Subject Matter: Talent
  • Tags: musical

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Plot Synopsis

With the help of musical coaches, singers try to survive three elimination stages -- blind audition, battle phase, and live performances -- as they vie for the grand prize of a recording contract with Universal Republic and $100,000. During the blind audition, the coaches hear the singers perform but they are unable to see them. If impressed by the contestant's voice, that coach pushes a button to select the singer for his/her team. If more than one coach selects a competitor, that contestant gets to choose which coach to work with. During the battle phase, coaches develop their team of eight singers and then pit two of them against each other in front of a studio audience in a vocal face-off, where both competitors sing the same song and one is eliminated. When each coach is left with only four potential singing stars, the live performances begin, during which the TV audience votes to save one talent on each team, leaving the coach to decide live who they want to save and who will not move on. At last, each coach has his/her best contestant left standing to compete in the finale, where one singer wins the grand prize and is named "The Voice." Previous winners include: Javier Colon (Season 1); Jermaine Paul (Season 2); Cassadee Pope (Season 3); Danielle Bradbery (Season 4); Tessanne Chin (Season 5); Josh Kaufman (Season 6); Craig Wayne Boyd (Season 7). Sawyer (Season 8); Jordan Smith (Season 9); Alisan Porter (Season 10); Sundance Head (Season 11); Chris Blue (Season 12); Chloe Kohanski (Season 13); Brynn Cartelli (Season 14); Chevel Shepherd (Season 15); Maelyn Jarmon (Season 16); Jake Hoot (Season 17).

Advisers for Season 8 include: Ellie Goulding for Team Adam, Lionel Richie for Team Pharrell, Nick Jonas for Team Christina and Meghan Trainor for Team Blake.

Season 9 advisers include: Rihanna (key adviser); Selena Gomez (Team Gwen); John Fogerty (Team Adam); Brad Paisley (Team Blake); and Missy Elliott (Team Pharrell).

Season 10 of THE VOICE premiered on Monday, February 29, 2016 from 8-10pm ET/PT, with Christina Aguilera returning to join Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams as coaches for the new season. Plus, Miley Cyrus will be a key adviser guiding artists through their musical journey in the knockout rounds, while frequent judge Gwen Stefani acts as an adviser during the battle rounds for Blake. Other battle-round advisers for Season 10 include: Tori Kelly (Team Adam); P Diddy (Team Pharrell); and Patti LaBelle (Team Christina).

THE VOICE returned for its eleventh season on Monday, September 19, 2016 from 8-10pm ET/PT on NBC, as new coaches Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus take their places in the red chairs next to Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. One month earlier -- on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 10:30pm ET/PT -- NBC premiered a sneak peek of the eleventh season of THE VOICE. Following the Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony, NBC debuted the first 30 minutes of the new season, hosted by Carson Daly. The new season of THE VOICE airs regularly on Mondays (8-10 pm) and Tuesdays (8-10 pm).

On Monday, February 27, 2017 from 8-10pm ET/PT, NBC premiered the twelfth season of THE VOICE, as Gwen Stefani is back and joining Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as coaches. Carson Daly is also returning as host. Plus, advisers Celine Dion (Stefani), John Legend (Levine), Luke Bryan (Shelton) and DJ Khaled (Keys) will help this season's coaches. In the two-hour season premiere, the competition is fierce, the talent is exceptional and the surprises abound as the four coaches all vie to discover and coach the next singing phenomenon from the country's best vocalists in the blind auditions. The vocalists compete to be selected by one of the coaches and fight for a chance to win the title of The Voice.

Season 13 of THE VOICE premiered on Monday, September 25, 2017 from 8-10pm ET/PT on NBC, with Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus, Blake Shelton, and Adam Levine as the coaches for the new season. THE VOICE airs regularly Mondays (8-10pm) and Tuesdays (8-9pm).

NBC premiered the fourteenth season of THE VOICE on Monday, February 26, 2018 from 8-10pm ET/PT, with Alicia Keys returns to join Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and newcomer Kelly Clarkson as coaches. Carson Daly hosts his 14th season. In addition to four new advisers -- Julia Michaels (Adam), Trace Adkins (Blake), Shawn Mendes (Alicia), and Hailee Steinfeld (Kelly) -- this season also introduces "The Block," which allows one coach from blocking another coach from getting an artist during blind auditions.

Season 15 of THE VOICE premiered on Monday, September 24, 2018 from 8-10pm ET/PT on NBC. Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson join Adam Levine and Blake Shelton for the new season, with Carson Daly hosting his 15th season. Four new advisers -- Keith Urban (Blake), Thomas Rhett (Kelly), CeeLo Green (Adam), and Halsey (Jennifer) -- also join for Season 15. Returning for another season, "The Block" allows one coach from blocking another coach from getting an artist during Blind Auditions. Plus, this season THE VOICE has a fifth coach, singer Kelsea Ballerini, who is featured on a new online series called COMEBACK STAGE, where she coaches six deserving artists not selected during Blind Auditions. One singer from COMEBACK STAGE re-enters the competition during the live shows.

The sixteenth season of THE VOICE premiered on Monday, February 25, 2019 from 8-10pm ET/PT on NBC, as EGOT winner John Legend joins returning coaches Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, as well as host Carson Daly. Plus, the new season features these advisers: Khalid (John), Kelsea Ballerini (Kelly), Charlie Puth (Adam), and Brooks & Dunn (Blake).

THE VOICE returned for Season 17 on Monday, September 23, 2019 from 8-10pm ET/PT on NBC, with Carson Daly and Blake Shelton each returning for their seventeenth season as host and coach, respectively. They are joined by returning coaches Kelly Clarkson and John Legend, and coach Gwen Stefani, who last appeared in Season 12. Advisers for the new season include: Usher (John), Darius Rucker (Blake), Normani (Kelly), and will.i.am (Gwen). In the season premiere, the talent is exceptional and the competition is fierce as the coaches vie to discover and coach the next singing phenomenon in the Blind Auditions. The vocalists compete to be selected by one of the coaches and fight for a chance to be named "The Voice."

Season 18 of THE VOICE premiered on Monday, February 24, 2020 from 8-10pm ET/PT on NBC. Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend all return as judges, and they'll be joined by first-time judge Nick Jonas. Carson Daly returns as host. In the season opener, hopeful vocalists compete to be selected by one of the coaches and fight for a chance to be named "The Voice." Advisors for the new season include: Dua Lipa (Kelly Clarkson); Ella Mai (John Legend); Bebe Rexha (Blake Shelton); and Joe & Kevin Jonas (Nick Jonas).
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The nineteenth season of THE VOICE premiered on Monday, October 19, 2020 from 8-10pm ET/PT on NBC. Three of last season's coaches -- Blake Shelton, John Legend and Kelly Clarkson -- return, and they're joined by Gwen Stefani, who comes back to THE VOICE after taking a break last season. Carson Daly returns as host. The Battle Rounds Advisers for Season 19 include: Julia Michaels (Stefani); Leon Bridges (Clarkson); Kane Brown (Shelton); Miguel (Legend); and Usher (all coaches).

During the Blind Auditions, the decisions from the musician coaches are based solely on voice and not looks. The coaches hear the artists perform, but they don't get to see them, thanks to rotating chairs. If a coach is impressed by the artist's voice, he/she pushes a button to select the artist for his/her team. At this point, the coach's chair will swivel so that he/she can face the artist he/she has selected. If more than one coach pushes his/her button, the power then shifts to the artists to choose which coach they want to work with. If no coach pushes his/her button, the artist is eliminated from the competition.

Also returning this season is the "block," which adds another layer of excitement during the Blind Auditions. The coach chairs each have an extra set of buttons with the other three coaches' names. The block button prevents a coach from adding a new artist to their team. The coaches can only use their block buttons on one artist for the entire first round of the competition. When a coach hits the block button with the name of the other three coaches, the coach who hit it automatically turns around. The "blocked" coach only discovers they are blocked if they press their button. The blocked coach's chair will still turn, however, instead of their lane lighting up with their name, it says "BLOCKED." If the coach doesn't press their button, the block is still available for another audition.

Once the teams are set, the battle is on. The coaches dedicate themselves to developing their team of artists, giving them advice and sharing the secrets of their success, along with help from their celebrity advisors. The coaches enlist music industry heavyweights to prepare their artists for the Battle Rounds -- Leon Bridges for Team Kelly, Miguel for Team Legend, Kane Brown for Team Blake and Julia Michaels for Team Gwen.

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. They are vying for their coach's confidence and decision to take them to the next round.

After each vocal battle, the coach must choose which of his/her singers will advance to the next round of competition. The losing artist is available to be stolen by another coach or available to be saved by their own coach, but unlike any other season, the team coach can only hit their button to save an artist after it's clear no other coach is going to steal the artist. If no other coach has attempted to steal the artist by the time he/she gets down the stage steps, the artists' coach can push to save them. Each coach will have one save and one steal in the Battle Rounds. Artists who won their battle or were stolen by another coach will advance to the Knockout Rounds.

In a new twist for the show, the four artists that were saved by their individual coaches during the Battle Rounds will not automatically advance in the competition. Instead, those artists will compete in the first Four-Way Knockout. Each of the four artists will receive individualized coaching and rehearsals with their coach and a superstar Mega Mentor in preparation for the Four-Way Knockout. However, the winner will ultimately be chosen by America. At the top of the final episode of Knockouts, voting will open for America to choose which of the four artists moves forward in the competition after their performances. At the top of the first Live Show, Carson Daly will reveal which of the four artists was voted through by America, and that artist will continue to the Live Shows with their original team.

For the remainder of the artists who made it to the Knockouts Round, one superstar Mega Mentor will be on hand to work with all the coaches and their teams as they prepare the artists for this challenge. In the Knockouts, the artists will be paired against a teammate once more, but this time they will select their own songs to perform individually while their direct competitor watches and waits. The coaches will choose the winner and the artist not selected will be available to be stolen by another coach. Each coach will only have one steal in the Knockout Round, making the stakes higher than ever.

Once the Live Performance Shows begin, the top artists will compete each week against each other during a live broadcast. As always, the television audience will vote to save their favorite artists. The artists with the lowest number of votes will be eligible for the "Instant Save." These artists will each perform a new song that represents why they should earn the save. America will then have the opportunity to save their favorite performer by voting on THE VOICE App or NBC.com. The singers with the lowest number of votes will be sent home each week. In the end, one will be named THE VOICE and will receive the grand prize of a recording contract.

Cast

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by One Three, Inc.
  • Produced by Talpa Content USA
  • Produced by Warner Horizon Television