Why 'The Voice' isn't another false 'Idol'
While “American Idol” remains on top, a new contender is in the wings.
“The Voice” is an all-new singing competition that’s looking to distinguish itself from the other reality series by focusing on what really matters: the vocals.
The series premieres in Canada on CTV on April 26. It’s loosely based on a similar Dutch series entitled “The Voice of Holland.”
Full episodes of “The Voice” will be available online at CTV.ca. Hosting the show will be Carson Daly, formerly of MTV and host of “Last Call with Carson Daly,” with Alison Haislip covering things from backstage.
And appropriately enough, the judges on “The Voice” are all talented singers in their own right, and will be using their skills to identify true talent.
Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will be the show’s “coaches.”
Here’s how the show will break down:
- The first phase of the competition is the “blind phase,” where each judge/coach will select a team of singers through a blind audition process.
- Next, singers on each team will “battle” by singing the same song, with the judge/coach selecting who will go on in the competition.
- Finally, in a live broadcast, the singers will go head-to-head. The TV audience will choose which coach’s singers will remain in the competition.
- In the finale, the competitors will face off against each other.
Auditions for the show were held in mid-February in Chicago, New York, Miami, Nashville, Minneapolis, Austin, Los Angeles and Seattle.
Christina Aguilera has been a well-known pop singer for years, acclaimed for her powerful vocals and recently appearing in “Burlesque” alongside Cher.
Cee-Lo Green is an eccentric soul singer who hit viral fame in the past year with his song, “Forget You,” (a renamed version of the song with a less-than-family-friendly original title).
Adam Levine is the front-man for the pop band Maroon 5, and possesses his own unique voice and style.
Finally, Blake Shelton, who may not be as well known as the other judges to Canadian audiences, is an American country music artist who has a number of his own hits, but has also covered Canadian crooner Michael Buble’s big hit, “Home.” He is also currently engaged to fellow country singer Miranda Lambert.
So far the judges have been getting cozy with one another, recently getting together to perform Green’s hit with Gnarls Barkley, “Crazy.”
News about whom the finalists are in the competition have been scarce, but reports have surfaced that Canadian Lukas Rossi will be competing in the series. Audiences may remember Rossi from “Rock Star: Supernova,” a televised singing competition that he won in 2006.
Tyrone Warner has been with CTV.ca since 2005, covering news, entertainment and everything related to CTV. When he’s away from the computer, you can find him writing, recording and performing his own music, running his own record label and dabbling in photography, painting and creative collage. Follow him on Twitter!