Week 3 of The Voice NBC saw the first of the vaunted “Battle Rounds.” Instead of the “every man for himself” performances The Voice NBC has thus far been known for, contestants on the same team are now forced to do battle against one another. It’s a new direction for The Voice NBC and one that’s successfully managed to up the ante for contestants and coaches alike.
Last week on The Voice NBC, we saw Vicci, Frenchie, Patrick, and Casey all surviving their respective battles and moving on to the live The Voice NBC broadcast shows slated to begin June 7th. To recap, this leaves the teams as follows for the start of Week 4:
Team Christina Aguilera:
Team Cee Lo Green:
Tori and Taylor.
Team Adam Levine:
Team Blake Shelton:
So, who impressed the coaches and survived the second Battle Round on The Voice NBC? The stakes are higher than ever with the winners going on to compete in the live broadcast shows on NBC beginning June 7th.
First up was The Voice NBC “Team Cee-lo” which saw Taj and Nakia go head to head with their rendition of Ne Yo’s “Closer.” Going into the battle Taj’s strategy was to let Nakia share how he planned to tackle the song in rehearsals and then use that against him to get a leg up during the performance. It sounds like clever gamesmanship, but would it pay off for Taj? Right off the bat it was apparent he was in over his head as Nakia’s powerful vocals overshadowed the softer spoken Taj. The Voice judges all agreed, and judge Cee-lo soon sent Taj packing.
Up second was The Voice NBC “Team Blake.” Blake decided to have Jared and Elenowen square off with “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye. Jared was visibly upset at the song choice. “It’s a little bit easier to sing a song about being in love when you’ve got your husband there singing it with you, so that’s definitely an upper hand” said Nicole Johnson, one half of the Elenowen duo. Despite having the odds stacked against him, Jared Blake proved the better competitor and with all of the The Voice judges in agreement, Jared skated through to the next round.
Next up was The Voice NBC “Team Adam.” Adam decided to see what Javier and Angela could do together on “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King. “He’s probably the best singer in this entire competition, so I’m really, really, really scared!” joked Angela. It turns out Angela’s fears were well founded and The Voice judge Adam Levine sent her home, moving Javier on to the next round.
Finally it was The Voice NBC “Team Christina’s” turn. Beverly McClellan and Justin Grennan were tapped by Christina to take on The Who’s “Baba O’Riley.” “You’re in trouble!” Beverly quipped immediately after the song was revealed. Justin didn’t seem to disagree, admitting that before today he’d never even seen the lyrics to the song. You have to almost feel bad for Justin going into this matchup. Justin performed admirably though, earning the respect of The Voice’s judges. Ultimately, however, Beverly’s powerful performance overwhelmed him. We’ll see Beverly again soon in the live shows.
Next week we have the final of the Battle Round matchups to look forward to and of course those live shows will be upon us before we know it.
If it hasn’t been said enough already, The Voice NBC is a bona fide hit for the network. Viewership remains strong and as the pressure is ratcheted up in the coming weeks, The Voice NBC is primed and ready for a ratings explosion.
The Voice NBC began the battle rounds on May 10, 2011. The battle rounds have two artists in a ring performing the same song attempting to perform better than the other artist. The judges must carefully select artists for the battle round because only one can continue on the show. The Voice NBC is a new concept of singing competitions with professional artists training a team of artists competing for the title of “The Voice” NBC. The Voice NBC received record breaking viewers on Week 3. The Voice NBC has four episodes of battle rounds reducing each team to four prior to the live shows that viewers will vote and select the winner.
The Voice NBC judge Christina Aguilera was the first to put her team in the battle rounds by selecting Frenchie Davis and Tarralyn Ramsey. The song choice was “Put a Ring on It” by Beyonce. Christina chose these contestants because they were both powerhouse singers. Christina brought Sia an award winning artist from Australia to assist with training her team. Frenchie and Tarralyn showed the pressure of competition displaying tension in rehearsals. Frenchie and Tarralyn preformed well, setting the ring on fire with attitude. Christina selected Frenchie to stay in the competition.
The Voice NBC judge Blake Shelton chose Tyler Robinson and Patrick Thomas to meet in the ring performing Elvis’ Burning Love. Blake brought Reba McEntire his friend and mentor to assist with the coaching. Patrick started the song with a strong voice and Tyler joined with equally strong with attitude. The Voice NBC judge Cee Lo Green commented that “Tyler and Patrick are surgical technical great singers.” Blake turns to Reba asking for advice and Reba stated “This is hard.” Blake decided to keep Patrick for the live performances.
The Voice NBC judge Adam Levine selected Casey Weston and Tim Mahoney to perform Don Henley’s “Leather and Lace.” Tim has been performing for 14 years and says “he is the king of the almosts.” Casey just started singing four years ago and is 18 years old. Casey seemed to be intimidated by Tim. Adam Levine brought Maroon 5’s musical producer Adam Blackstone to help with coaching his team. After deep contemplation, Adam selected Casey Weston to continue in the competition.
The Voice NBC judge Cee Lo Green sent Niki Dawson to battle Vicci Martinez in the ring performing Pink’s ”Perfect”. Vicci has experience performing on stage opening for Sting, Annie Lennox and and BB King. The Voice NBC judge Cee Lo Green selected Monica, Grammy winning artist to assist with training. Blake Shelton said “Cee Lo will regret putting these two artists in the battle together.” Niki and Vicci gave an excellent performance. Cee Lo decides to select Vicci to continue to the live performances.
Check out the second round of the battles on The Voice NBC Tuesday night at 10PM EST/9PM CT. Who will the judges send to the ring? Eight artists will dazzle the audience with their performance for a chance to advance to the “Live” shows on The Voice NBC.
NBC's breakout hit "The Voice" soared again Tuesday Night, completing the final round of blind auditions as all four judges secured the final five spots for their teams. Adam, Cee Lo, Christina, and Blake competed against each other all night, looking for just the right talents to solidify their teams. At the end of the auditions, only Cee Lo had a complete team of eight, resulting in a series of "Second Chance" performances for five hopefuls who did not make the cut in week 1. Here are the results of Tuesday's performances, with the singers added to each team:
1. Devon Barley (singing "I'm Yours" By Jason Mraz)
2. Tim Mahoney (singing "Bring It On Home to Me" by Sam Cooke)
3. Casey Desmond (singing "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga)
4. Casey Weston (Second Chance - singing "Stupid Boy" by Keith Urban)
5. Angela Wolff (Second Chance - singing "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele)
Week 1 Members: Jeff Jenkins, Rebecca Loebe, Javier Colon
The Voice - Week 2 Results May 3, 2011
Cee Lo Green
1. Emily Valentine (singing "Sober" by Pink)
2. Niki Dawson (singing "Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry)
3. Nakia (singing "Forget You" by Cee Lo Green)
4. Curtis Grimes (singing "Hillbilly Bone" by Blake Shelton)
5. Tori and Taylor Thompson (singing "Stuck Like Glue" by Sugarland)
Week 1 Members: Vicci Martinez, Kelsey Rey, Tie Austin
1. Cherie Oakley (singing "Gunpowder and Lead" by Miranda Lambert
2. Raquel Castro (singing "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis)
3. Julia Eason (singing "Mercy" by Duffy)
4. Justin Grennan (singing "Drops of Jupiter" by Train)
5. Lily Elise (Second Chance - singing If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys)
Week 1 Members: Tarralyn Ramsey, Frenchie Davis, Beverly McClellan
1. Sara Oromchi (singing "Imagine" by John Lennon)
2. Tyler Robinson (singing "Hey, Soul Sister" by Train)
3. Serabee (singing "Son of a Preacher Man" by Dusty Springfield
4. Dia Frampton (singing "Bubbly" by Colbie Caillat)
5. Jared Blake (Second Chance - singing "Not Ready to Make Nice" by Dixie Chicks)
Week 1 Members: Patrick Thomas, Elenowen, Xenia Martinez
Now, the judges will train their contestants, pairing them off to compete in the battle rounds, which are set to begin next Tuesday, May 10. As each pair competes with each other by singing the same song, the judges will be forced to make a tough decision: they must narrow their teams from eight to four. This exciting concept will lead into the "Final 16" live shows, in which America will help choose her next breakout vocalist!
In its first week, the unique singing competition surprised everyone by securing a 5.1 rating (6,760,000 viewers) in the coveted age 18-49 demographic, beating out both powerhouses "Dancing with the Stars" (4.7 rating/6,136,000 viewers) and "Glee" (3.4 rating/4,486,000 viewers). The premiere boasted 11.775 million total viewers, propelling it to the 8th most watch program of the week.
With the blind auditions now complete, "The Voice" now moves to its regularly scheduled time of 10PM ET every Tuesday on NBC. Be sure to stay tuned for more news on the hottest new show on television!
The new NBC competition, "The Voice," which premiered on April 26th, is already being hailed as a new hit. The singing competition is being compared to FOX’s American Idol, and may just prove that NBC, not FOX, is the place to be to find outstanding new talent.
An estimated 11.8 million viewers tuned in to NBC, making "The Voice" the highest rated premiere on a major network since "Undercover Boss" premiered on CBS after the 2010 Super Bowl. Judging by statistics NBC released today, "The Voice" might just be the jewel NBC needs to bring them back to the top.
"The Voice" celebrity coaches/judges (and famous songbirds by their own right), Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine (of Maroon 5), country crooner Blake Shelton and singer, songwriter, and producer Cee Lo Green help guide their team to stardom. Teams are picked, refreshingly, by the singer’s voice, not their appearance, as coaches are not able to see contestants as they audition, thereby being forced to judge by talent alone.
Thankfully, producers of the NBC hit have decided not to show the bad singers - which will be music to many a music-lover’s ear.
The judges on this potential NBC hit listen to contestants, and then each judge picks eight singers for his or her team by pushing a button. If two judges push the button for the same singer, that singer chooses which group he or she wants to join. If no one pushes a button for a singer, that singer goes home.
Judges do double duty and switch over to team coaches in the next round, where they end up sending half their team home, cutting the original eight down to four.
The contestants battle for their positions in the next rounds. In this part of "The Voice" competition, contestants each perform the same song before an audience. Eventually finalists are picked and have to perform on their own. Home viewers will then vote and contestants will be eliminated until only one singer is left. "The Voice" winner receives $100,000 and a contract with a major recording label.
Carson Daly of the NBC staple "Last Call with Carson Daly" hosts "The Voice," interacting with both the singers and their families, who are allowed to watch as contestants sing before the judges.
The premiere of "The Voice" aired on NBC to an anxiously awaiting audience, many of whom have given up American Idol.
Ironically, Idol alum Frenchie Davis was featured on "The Voice's" NBC premiere. Idol viewers may remember Davis from the show’s second season in 2003, when she was disqualified from the competition after it was discovered that she had posed topless on a website that was rumored to showcase underage girls.
Davis, who went on to appear in Broadway’s “Rent,” was singing high for "The Voice" judges, however, choosing Katy’s Perry’s "I Kissed A Girl" and quickly won a spot on Aguilera’s team.
"The Voice" will return on Tuesday, May 10 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
What's "THE VOICE"?
NBC has grouped up with cash cow reality show pioneers John de Mol, Mark Burnett and Warner Horizon television to convey Holland's best-rated vocal talent discovery show "The Voice of Holland" to America.
$100,000 & Recording settlement for the Winner!
The grand prize winner of this new pageant will obtain $100,000 and a document care for a massive label!
The Blind Auditions
throughout the blind auditions the choices from the traines are based solely on voice and not on lavatoryokays. The traines pay attention the contestants perform but don't get to see them thanks to rotating chairs.
If a train is impressed via the contestant's voice, he/she pushes a button to select the contestant for his/her group. If multiple train selects the talent, the facility shifts to the contestant, who might choose which train he/she needs to worokay with throughout the competition.