NBC has named country musics Male Vocalist of The Year Blake Shelton as the fourth and final musician coach of “The Voice,” a new musical competition series premiering on Tuesday, April 26 (9-11 p.m. ET). Shelton joins previously announced musician coaches Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine.
The announcement was made by Paul Telegdy, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, NBC and Universal Media Studios.
“We couldn’t have a panel that represented the hottest American music without a strong country presence, and Blake is at the top of his game right now,” said Telegdy. “Not only is he incredibly charismatic, but his passion for collaborating with and bringing the best out of other talented artists makes him the perfect choice to round out this Dream Team of musician coaches.”
“Im not sure The Voice knows what they signed on for by bringing me on the show,” joked Shelton. “I know this for sure; Christina, Cee Lo, Adam and I are going to have a blast and I am extremely excited to be part of a show that recognizes true vocal talent.”
Hosted by Carson Daly, the shows innovative format features three stages of competition. The first begins with the blind audition, then the competition enters into a battle phase, and finally, the live performance shows. The shows casting team is working with the music industry and searching the country for the best singers to bring to the blind audition process.
During 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. At this point, the coachs chair will swivel so that he/she can face the contestant he/she has selected. If more than one coach selects the talent, the power shifts to the contestant, who may choose which coach he/she wants to work with throughout the competition.
Once the teams are set, the battle is on. Coaches will dedicate themselves to developing their singers, giving them advice, and sharing the secrets of their success. 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. After the vocal face-off, the coach must choose which of his/her singers will advance.
At the end of the battle episodes, only the strongest members of each coach’s roster remain and proceed to the live stage shows. In this final performance phase of the competition, the top contestants from each team will 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 their 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.