April 26- June 29, 2011
The Voice is an American reality talent show. The series is part of the The Voice franchise and is based on a similar competition format in the Netherlands, The Voice of Holland. The show was hosted by Carson Daly, with Alison Haislip serving as the backstage and social networking correspondent. The winner receives $100,000 and a record deal with Universal Republic Records. Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Maroon 5 lead vocalist Adam Levine and Blake Shelton were the coaches. Each team of singers are mentored and developed by their coach. In the second stage, coaches have two of their team members battle against each other by singing the same song, with the coach choosing which team member to advance. In the final phase, the remaining contestants compete against each other in live broadcasts. The television audience helps to decide who advances. When one remains for each coach, the four contestants compete against each other in the finale.
The american series premiered on April 26, 2011 on the NBC television network. The winner of the first season was Javier Colon, mentored by coach Adam Levine, the finale airing on June 29, 2011. It immediately proved to be a hit for NBC and the network renewed the show for a second season.
The series consists of three phases: a blind audition, a battle phase and live performance shows. Four coaches, all famous musicians, choose teams of contestants through a blind audition process. Each coach has the length of the auditioner's performance (about one minute) to decide if he/she wants that singer on his/her team; if two or more coaches want the same singer then the singer gets to choose their coach. In the final 32 (live shows), Aguilera, Green, Levine and Shelton were joined by Sia Furler, Monica, music producer Adam Blackstone and Reba McEntire.
Contestant auditions were held in eight citites across the United States between mid-January and mid-February 2011: Chicago, New York, Miami, Nashville, Minneapolis, Austin, Los Angeles and Seattle. Contestants were also allowed to submit an online application, which ended on March 1, 2011. For the online auditions, contestants were required to sing one of ten pre-selected songs.
Contestants on The Voice as revealed by airing of promotional advertisements or shows were Javier Colon, Frenchie Davis, Nakia, Lukas Rossi, Cherie Oakley and Dia Frampton.
Coaches, Host and Social Media Correspondent
In late February 2011, NBC began announcements of the coaches for the series. First to sign on were Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine (frontman for Maroon 5). Christina Aguilera came on board in early March 2011. Blake Shelton was added as the final coach on March 7, 2011.
Carson Daly was announced as the show's first host. Alison Haislip was announced as the show's "backstage online and social media correspondent" during the live shows.
Pink: Eliminated in the Live shows
Blue: Eliminated in the Battle Rounds
|Adam Levine||Javier Colon||Casey Weston||Devon Barley||Jeff Jenkins|
|Angela Wolff||Tim Mahoney||Rebecca Loebe||Casey Desmond|
|Cee Lo Green||Vicci Martinez||Nakia||Curtis Grimes||The Thompson Sisters|
|Niki Dawson||Tje Austin||Emily Valentine||Kelsey Rey|
|Christina Aguilera||Beverly McClellan||Frenchie Davis||Lily Elise||Raquel Castro|
|Justin Grennan||Tarralyn Ramsey||Cherie Oakley||Julia Eason|
|Blake Shelton||Dia Frampton||Xenia||Jared Blake||Patrick Thomas|
|Serabee||Sara Oromchi||Elenowen||Tyler Robinson|
✔: Coach hit his/her "I WANT YOU" button
Green: Artist defaulted to this coach's team
Blue: Artist elected to join this coach's team
Pink: Artist eliminated with no coach pressing their button
Episode 1 (April 26, 2011)
The first of two Blind Auditions taped episodes was broadcast on April 26, 2011. The coaches performed Cee Lo's song "Crazy" at the start of the show.
|Order||Artist||Age||Hometown||Song||Coach's and Contestants Choices|
|1||Tarralyn Ramsey||31||Jacksonville, Florida||"Breathe"||✔||✔|
|2||Patrick Thomas||20||Nashville, Tennessee||"Live Like You Were Dying"||✔||✔||✔|
|3||Jared Blake||32||Star City, Arkansas||"Good Girls Go Bad"|
|4||Vicci Martinez||26||Tacoma, Washington||"Rolling in the Deep"||✔||✔|
|5||Sonia Rao||24||Freehold Township, New Jersey||"If I Ain't Got You"|
|6||Elenowen (Josh and Nicole Johnson)||Nashville, Tennessee||"Falling Slowly"||✔||✔|
|7||Frenchie Davis||31||Los Angeles, California||"I Kissed a Girl"||✔|
|8||Kelsey Rey||20||Sebastian, Florida||"American Boy"||✔||✔||✔|
|9||Jeff Jenkins||22||Jones Creek, Texas||"Bless the Broken Road"||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|10||Rebecca Loebe||27||Atlanta, Georgia||"Come as You Are"||✔||✔|
|11||Joann Rizzo||56||Freehold Township, New Jersey||"I Say a Little Prayer"|
|13||Tje Austin||27||Austin, Texas||"Just the Way You Are"||✔||✔|
|14||Javier Colon||33||Stratford, Connecticut||"Time After Time"||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|15||Beverly McClellan||41||Fort Lauderdale, Florida||"Piece of My Heart"||✔||✔|
Episode 2 (May 3, 2011)
The second and final episode of the Blind Auditions was broadcast on May 3, 2011.
|Order||Artist||Age||Hometown||Song||Coach's and Contestants Choices|
|16||Cherie Oakley||29||Nashville, Tennessee||"Gunpowder & Lead"||✔|
|17||Devon Barley||19||Mattapoisett, Massachusetts||"I'm Yours"||✔||✔|
|18||Joshua Hand||29||West Palm Beach, Florida||"Paparazzi"|
|19||Raquel Castro||16||Long Island, New York||"Bleeding Love"||✔|
|20||Emily Valentine||23||Hollywood, California||"Sober"||✔||✔|
|21||Niki Dawson||19||Jacksonville, Florida||"Teenage Dream"||✔|
|22||Sara Oromchi||18||San Jose, California||"Imagine"||✔|
|23||Tim Mahoney||39||Minneapolis, Minnesota||"Bring It On Home to Me"||✔|
|24||Julia Eason||18||Palos Verdes, California||"Mercy"||✔||✔|
|25||Angela Wolff||25||Metter, Georgia||"The House That Built Me"|
|26||Tyler Robinson||20||Folsom, California||"Hey, Soul Sister"||✔|
|27||Nakia||36||Austin, Texas||"Forget You"||✔||✔|
|28||Serabee||34||Mississippi||"Son of Preacher Man"||✔|
|29||Casey Desmond||25||Boston, Massachusetts||"Born This Way"||✔|
|30||Justin Grennan||Enumclaw, Washington||"Drops of Jupiter"||✔|
|31||Dia Frampton||23||St. George, Utah||"Bubbly"||✔||✔|
|32||Curtis Grimes||25||Gilmer, Texas||"Hillbilly Bone"||✔|
|33||The Thompson Sisters (Tori and Taylor Thompson)||17 and 19||Santa Maria, California||"Stuck Like Glue"||✔|
As, by the end of the regular audition round, only Cee Lo had completed his full team of eight finalists, with Christina and Blake with seven finalists and Adam only six, selected contestants eliminated previously were given a second chance. The performances in the "second chance round" were as follows (with N/A meaning the coach has already filled his/her Final 8):
|Order||Artist||Age||Hometown||Song||Coach's and Contestants Choices|
|1||Lily Elise||20||San Anselmo, California||"If I Ain't Got You"||✔|
|2||Sonia Rao||24||Freehold Township, New Jersey||"Chasing Pavements"|
|3||Jared Blake||32||Star City, Arkansas||"Not Ready to Make Nice"||✔|
|4||Casey Weston||18||Naples, Florida||"Stupid Boy"||✔|
|5||Angela Wolff||25||Metter, Georgia||"Rolling in the Deep"||✔|
The Battle Rounds
After the Blind Auditions, each coach had eight contestants for the Battle Rounds that aired from May 10 to May 31, 2011. Coaches began narrowing down the playing field by training the contestants with the help of "trusted advisors". Each episode featured four battles consisting of pairings from within each team, and each battle concluding with the respective coach eliminated one of the two contestants; the four winners for each coach advanced to the live shows.
The trusted advisors for these episodes were: Adam Blackstone working with Adam Levine; Reba McEntire working with Blake Shelton; Monica working with Cee Lo Green; and Sia Furler working with Christina Aguilera.
Green: Artist won the Battle and advanced to the Live shows
Pink: Artist lost the Battle and was eliminated
|Episode 3 (May 10)||Christina Aguilera||1||Frenchie Davis||"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"||Tarralyn Ramsey|
|Blake Shelton||2||Patrick Thomas||"Burning Love"||Tyler Robinson|
|Adam Levine||3||Casey Weston||"Leather and Lace"||Tim Mahoney|
|Cee Lo Green||4||Vicci Martinez||"Perfect"||Niki Dawson|
|Episode 4 (May 17)||Cee Lo Green||1||Nakia||"Closer"||Tje Austin|
|Blake Shelton||2||Jared Blake||"Ain't No Mountain High Enough"||Elenowen|
|Adam Levine||3||Javier Colon||"Stand By Me"||Angela Wolff|
|Christina Aguilera||4||Beverly McClellan||"Baby O'Riley"||Justin Grennan|
|Episode 5 (May 24)||Christina Aguilera||1||Raquel Castro||"Only Girl (In The World)"||Julia Eason|
|Blake Shelton||2||Dia Frampton||"You Can't Hurry Love"||Serabee|
|Adam Levine||3||Devon Barley||"Creep"||Rebecca Loebe|
|Cee Lo Green||4||The Thompson Sisters||"Unwritten"||Kelsey Rey|
|Episode 6 (May 31)||Adam Levine||1||Jeff Jenkins||"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"||Casey Desmond|
|Blake Shelton||2||Xenia||"I'll Stand by You"||Sara Oromchi|
|Christina Aguilera||3||Lily Elise||"Since U Been Gone"||Cherie Oakley|
|Cee Lo Green||4||Curtis Grimes||"Need You Now"||Emily Valentine|
Quarterfinals 1: Week 1 (June 7 and June 13, 2011)
After the Final 16 were decided, with four finalists for each coach, June 7, 2011 saw the launching of the live shows (EDT) and Team Christina and Team Blake performing.
Public voting across multiple platforms (phone, smartphone app, web and iTunes Store) commenced at this point, with two candidates eliminated from each participating team in the first two live shows. Voting lines were opened immediately after the broadcast of each live show on Tuesday and stayed open until 10 AM EDT the following Monday (June 13 for week 1).
Blue: Artist was saved by the public's vote
Green: Artist was saved by his/her coach
Pink: Artist was eliminated
|1||Christina Aguilera||Raquel Castro||"Blow"||Eliminated|
|2||Blake Shelton||Jared Blake||"Use Somebody"||Eliminated|
|3||Christina Aguilera||Beverly McClellan||"I'm the Only One"||Public's Vote|
|4||Blake Shelton||Dia Frampton||"Heartless"||Public's Vote|
|5||Blake Shelton||Xenia||"Price Tag"||Blake's Choice|
|6||Christina Aguilera||Lily Elise||"Big Girls Don't Cry"||Eliminated|
|7||Blake Shelton||Patrick Thomas||"I Hope You Dance"||Eliminated|
|8||Christina Aguilera||Frenchie Davis||"When Love Takes Over"||Christina's Choice|
|1||The Voice Coaches||"Bohemian Rhapsody", "We Will Rock You" "We Are the Champions"|
|2||Christina Aguilera and her 4 Finalists||"Lady Marmalade"|
|3||Blake Shelton and his 4 Finalists||"This Love"|
Quarterfinals 2: Week 2 (June 14 and June 20, 2011)
On June 14, 2011, Team Adam and Team Cee Lo performed.
Voting proceeded as before, following the episode's close and continuing until 10 AM EDT June 20, 2011.
Results from Week 7
- From Christina Aguilera's team, the top Public's vote went to Beverly McClellan. Given the chance to save one additional contestant on her team, Christina chose to save Frenchie Davis. Thus both Lily Elise and Raquel Castro were eliminated.
- From Blake Shelton's team, the top Public's vote went to Dia Frampton. Blake Shelton chose to save Xenia, eliminating Jared Blake and Patrick Thomas.
|1||Cee Lo Green||The Thompson Sisters||"Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"||Eliminated|
|2||Adam Levine||Casey Weston||"Black Horse and the Cherry Tree"||Adam's Choice|
|3||Cee Lo Green||Vicci Martinez||"Jolene"||Public's Vote|
|4||Adam Levine||Devon Barley||"Stop and Stare"||Eliminated|
|5||Cee Lo Green||Nakia||"Sex on Fire"||Cee Lo's Choice|
|6||Adam Levine||Jeff Jenkins||"Jesus, Take the Wheel"||Eliminated|
|7||Cee Lo Green||Curtis Grimes||"Addicted to Love"||Eliminated|
|8||Adam Levine||Javier Colon||"Angel"||Public's Vote|
|1||Cee Lo Green and his 4 Finalists||"Everyday People"|
|2||Adam Levine and his 4 Finalists||"With a Little Help from My Friends"|
Semi-finals: Week 3 (June 21 and June 22, 2011)
Results from Week 8
- From Cee Lo Green's team, the top Public's vote went to Vicci Martinez. Given the chance to save one additional contestant on his team, Cee Lo chose to save Nakia. Accordingly, The Thompson Sisters and Curtis Grimes were eliminated.
- From Adam Levine's team, the top Public's vote went to Javier Colon. Given the chance to save one additional contestant on his team, Adam chose to save Casey Weston. Devon Barley and Jeff Jenkins were eliminated.
On June 21, 2011, the final eight performed. Voting proceeded following the episode until 10 AM EDT June 22, 2011.
|1||Christina Aguilera||Frenchie Davis||"Like a Prayer"||Eliminated|
|2||Cee Lo Green||Nakia||"Whataya Want From Me"||Eliminated|
|3||Blake Shelton||Dia Frampton||"Losing My Religion"||Advanced to Finals|
|4||Adam Levine||Casey Weston||"I Will Always Love You"||Eliminated|
|5||Christina Aguilera||Beverly McClellan||"The Thrill Is Gone"||Advanced to Finals|
|6||Adam Levine||Javier Colon||"Fix You"||Advanced to Finals|
|7||Blake Shelton||Xenia||"The Man Who Can't Be Moved"||Eliminated|
|8||Cee Lo Green||Vicci Martinez||"Dog Days Are Over"||Advanced to Finals|
|1||Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera||"Moves Like Jagger"|
|2||Blake Shelton, Dia Frampton and Xenia||"Honey Bee"|
On June 22, 2011, the final four were announced based on a mix of Public's vote and voting of coaches. Both carried equal weight of 100 points for a total of 200 points. The coaches delivered their points in closed envelopes at the end of the live semi-final round. After counting of the Public's votes and adding the coaches', the final 4 were: Vicci Martinez, Javier Colon, Dia Frampton and Beverly McClellan, who moved on to the Final round on June 28, 2011.
|Artist||Team||Coach Points||Public Points||Total Points||Result|
|Vicci Martinez||Cee Lo Green||49||75||124||Advanced to Finals|
|Nakia||Cee Lo Green||51||25||76||Eliminated|
|Javier Colon||Adam Levine||65||73||138||Advanced to Finals|
|Casey Weston||Adam Levine||35||27||62||Eliminated|
|Dia Frampton||Blake Shelton||50||56||106||Advanced to Finals|
|Beverly McClellan||Christina Aguilera||50||57||107||Advanced to Finals|
|Frenchie Davis||Christina Aguilera||50||43||93||Eliminated|
|1||The Final 8||"Faith/Freedom! '90" medley|
|2||Cee Lo Green||"Bright Lights Bigger City"|
Finals: Week 4 (June 28 and June 29, 2011)
On June 28, 2011, the four finalists each performed an original song and a duet with their coach. Voting proceeded immediately following the episode's close until 10 AM Eastern June 29, 2011.
|Artist||Coach||Order||First Song||Order||Second Song||Result|
|Javier Colon||Adam Levine||1||"Stitch by Stitch"||6||"Man in the Mirror" (duet with Adam Levine)||Winner|
|Dia Frampton||Blake Shelton||2||"I Won't Back Down" (duet with Blake Shelton)||5||"Inventing Shadows"||Runner-up|
|Vicci Martinez||Cee Lo Green||3||"Afraid to Sleep"||8||"Love is a Battlefield" (duet with Ce Lo Green)||3rd/4th Place|
|Beverly McClellan||Christina Aguilera||4||"Beautiful" (duet with Christina Aguilera"||7||"Lovesick"||3rd/4th Place|
|1||The Voice Coaches||"Under Pressure"|
|2||Pitbull and Ne-Yo||"Give Me Everything"|
|3||Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton||"Don't Drink the Water"|
Airing on June 29, 2011, after performances and recaps, Carson Daly first declared that the top two were just 2% apart. Then the top two arists were announced: Dia Frampton and Javier Colon. Despite Dia Frampton's original song, "Inventing Shadows", topping the iTunes singles chart, Javier Colon was declared the first season winner of The Voice.
|1||Vicci Martinez and Patrick Monahan||"Drops of Jupiter"|
|2||Javier Colon and Stevie Nicks||"Landslide"|
|3||Beverly McClellan and Ryan Tedder||"Good Life"|
|4||Dia Frampton and Miranda Lambert||"The House That Built Me"|
Purple: Artist advanced to the finals
Green: Artist was saved by his/her coach
Blue: Artist was saved by the public
Pink: Artist received the fewest accumulated total points/public's votes and was eliminated
Yellow: Artist did not perform on that particular week
|Artist||Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4|
|Beverly McClellan||Safe||Advanced||3rd/4th Place|
|Casey Weston||Safe||Eliminated||Eliminated (Week 3)|
|Curtis Grimes||Eliminated||Eliminated (Week 2)|
|The Thompson Sisters||Eliminated|
|Jared Blake||Eliminated||Eliminated (Week 1)|
Performances by Guests/Coaches
|Episode||Show Segment||Performer(s)||Title||Hot 100 Reaction||Hot Digital Songs Reaction||Performance Type|
|9||Semi-finals||Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera||"Moves Like Jagger"||8 (Debut)||2 (Debut)||Live Performance|
|Blake Shelton (with Dia Frampton and Xenia)||"Honey Bee"||15 (+6)||11 (+8)||Live Performance|
|10||Semi-finals Results||Cee Lo Green||"Bright Lights Bigger City"||did not chart||did not chart||Live Performance|
|11||Finals||Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo||"Give Me Everything"||2 (-1)||3 (+1)||Live Performance|
|Brad Paisley ft. Blake Shelton||"Don't Drink the Water"||did not chart||did not chart||Live Performance|
|12||Finals Results||Patrick Monahan (with Vicci Martinez)||"Drops of Jupiter"||did not chart||did not chart||Live Performance (duet)|
|Stevie Nicks (with Javier Colon)||"Landslide"||did not chart||did not chart||Live Performance (duet)|
|Ryan Tedder (with Beverly McClellan)||"Good Life"||9 (+9)||12 (+5)||Live Performance (duet)|
|Miranda Lambert (with Dia Frampton)||"The House That Built Me"||did not chart||did not chart||Live Performance (duet)|
The Voice Live on Tour
In the final episode, Carson Daly announced a summer concert tour. This tour had six stops across the United States, including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Boston, Wallingford and New York. The tour featured the top two finalists from each team, including Javier Colon, Dia Frampton, Vicci Martinez, Beverly McClellan, Xenia, Frenchie Davis, Nakia and Casey Weston. Out of the six dates, the New York show was a sell-out. However, as overall tickets sales were lackluster, the tour was cancelled in subsequent seasons. In 2014, the tour was resumed from June 21, 2014 to August 2, 2014, including the contestants of the fifth season, the sixth season and the first season contestant Dia Frampton.
Contestant Appearances on Earlier Talent Shows
- Frenchie Davis was a semi-finalist on the season two of American Idol but was disqualified.
- Emily Valentine auditioned for the eighth season of American Idol, under the name Emily Wynn-Hughes but was cut in the Hollywood rounds.
- Kelsey Rey appeared on the ninth season of American Idol but cut in the Hollywood rounds.
- The Thompson Sisters appeared on American Juniors in 2003 as separate acts; both winning the highest prize on the show to join the American Juniors group.
- Vicci Martinez appeared on Star Search in 2003, but did not make it past the semi-finals.
Reception and TV Ratings
The premiere episode, in what was seen as a relative surprise, was the most watched telecast on the night it aired, garnering more viewers than high-profile competitors Dancing with the Stars on ABC (in persons 18 to 49; DWTS had more overall viewers) and Glee on Fox. The series debut garnered 11.775 million viewers from 9 to 11pm. It peaked at 10:45pm with 13.398 million viewers (live+SD).
Rolling Stone's Mallika Rao said of the show's premiere episode, "Could this concept be the best Dutch import since tulips and Eddie Van Halen?" Despite a high viewership in its debut, the show has received mixed reviews on Metacritic, which holds at a 58.
|No.||Title||Original Air Date||Production Code||Viewers (Millions)|
|1||"Blind Auditions, Round 1"||April 26, 2011||101||11.78|
|2||"Blind Auditions, Round 2"||May 3, 2011||102||12.58|
|3||"Battles: Round 1"||May 10, 2011||103||10.45|
|4||"Battles: Round 2"||May 17, 2011||104||10.01|
|5||"Battles: Round 3"||May 24, 2011||105||8.48|
|6||"Battles: Round 4"||May 31, 2011||106||14.41|
|7||"Quarterfinals: Round 1"||June 7, 2011||107||12.31|
|8||"Quarterfinals: Round 2"||June 14, 2011||108||12.33|
|9||"Semi-finals"||June 21, 2011||109||12.05|
|10||"Semi-finals Results"||June 22, 2011||110||10.01|
|11||"Finals"||June 28, 2011||111||12.70|
|12||"Finals Results"||June 29, 2011||112||11.05|