NBC announced the season two premiere of the hit vocal competition “The Voice,” and the return of the celebrity coaches, in an August 1, 2011, press release. “The Voice” will make its season two debut after television’s biggest stage, Super Bowl XLVI, on Sunday, February 5, 2012 . Celebrity musicians Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine will return as coaches.
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Following the Super Bowl, “The Voice’ may capture a new legion of fans. The show will also premiere in its regular day and time on the following night, Monday, February 6 (8-10 p.m. ET). The announcements were made today by Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. The Voice to be featured after the Super Bowl
“The Super Bowl represents the biggest television audience of the year and we think that the return of ‘The Voice’ is deserving of this prominent showcase,” said Robert Greenblatt. “We also will shine the promotional spotlight throughout Super Bowl Sunday for Monday’s debut of ‘Smash,’ which will give it a powerful launch platform.”
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“The Voice” is a vocal competition series modeled after Holland’s top-rated vocal talent discovery show, “The Voice of Holland.” Hosted again in its second season by Carson Daly, the show features four musician coaches, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, who coach only the most talented vocalists.
The show’s innovative format features three stages of competition: including the blind audition, the battle phase and the live performance shows.
In 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 the contestant’s voice, he/she pushes a button to select the contestant for his/her team. If more than one coach responds, the contestant gets to choose his/her coach.
Once the teams are set, the battle is on. Coaches dedicate themselves to developing their singers, giving them advice, and sharing the secrets of their success. During the battle rounds, the coaches 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 of his/her singers will advance to the performance shows, where the top contestants from each team compete against each other during a live broadcast.
The television audience will vote 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 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. “The Voice” is a presentation of Mark Burnett’s One Three Inc., Talpa Content USA, Inc. and Warner Horizon Television. The series is created by John de Mol, who executive-produces along with Burnett, Audrey Morrissey and Stijn Bakkers.
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