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The Voice is an American reality television singing competition broadcast on NBC. Based on the original The Voice of Holland, the concept of the series is to find new singing talent (solos) contested by aspiring singers, age 15 or over,[2] drawn from public auditions. The winner is determined by television viewers voting by telephone, Internet, SMS text, and iTunes Store purchases of the audio-recorded artists' vocal performances. They receive US$100,000 and a "record deal" with Universal Music Group for winning the competition. There have been twenty-nine winners of the show to date: Sarah Martin, Calvin Sierra, Boyd Bedwell, Katherine McLean, Leanne Lovell, Vaughn Lehoux, Maggie Iverson, Anissa Matlock, Derek Owens, Eddie Hardy, Samuel Caouette, Miranda Anne Corley, Taylor Rhodes, Justin Johnson, Randy Boyer, Dianne Christopher, Max Abrahams, Daniel Underwood, Steve Martinez, Linsey Gallagher, Emilia Lietz, Cassi West, Shawn Wilson, Will Mann, Bianca Brooks, Chris Colunga, Kristopher Holmes, Johnson Thome, Levi Colfer, Paige Halverson, & Marko Mazza.

The Voice began airing on April 26, 2011, as a spring TV season program. The show proved to be a hit for NBC and was subsequently expanded into the fall cycle when season three premiered on September 10, 2012. The series employs a panel of four coaches who critique the artists' performances. Each coach guides their teams of selected artists through the remainder of the season. They also compete to ensure that their act wins the competition, thus making them the winning coach. The original coaching panel consisted of Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams, and Gwen Stefani. Shakira and Usher took the places of Williams and Stefani in seasons two, four, six, eight (for Usher), and ten. Christina Aguilera replaced Gwen Stefani in season five and replaced Shakira in season eight. In season eleven, it was announced that Usher and Shakira would not be returning as coaches, and Gwen Stefani wouldn't be either, so Williams and Aguilera were promated as coaches along with two new coaches starting in season eleven, Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons and Taylor Swift.

Conception

An adaption of The Voice of Holland, NBC announced the show under the name The Voice of America in December 2010; its name was soon shortened to The Voice. In each season, the winner receives $100,000 and a record deal with Universal Republic Records (seasons 1 & 2), Universal Music Group (season 3–).

Selection process and format

Each season begins with the "Blind Auditions", where coaches form their twelve member team whom they mentor through the remainder of the season. The coaches' chairs are faced towards the audience during artists' performances; those interested in an artist press their button, which turns their chair towards the artist and illuminates the bottom of the chair to read "I want you." At the conclusion of the performance, an artist either defaults to the only coach who turned around, or selects his or her coach if more than one coach expresses interest.

In the "Battle Rounds", each coach pairs two of his or her team members to perform together, then chooses one to advance in the competition. In each season, coaches are assisted by celebrity mentors that are different each season. A new element was added in season three; coaches were given two "steals", allowing each coach to select two individuals who were eliminated during a battle round by another coach.

The Knockout Rounds are when a pair of artists within a team are selected to sing individual performances in succession. They are not told until a few minutes prior to their performances who their partner is. The artists get to choose their own songs in this round, although they continue to get help and advice from their respective coaches. At the conclusion of the performances, coaches would decide which one of each pair gets to advance to the next round. Just like in the battle rounds, the coaches can steal one eliminated artist from another coach.

In the final live performance phase of the competition, artists perform in weekly shows, where public voting narrows to a final group of artists and eventually declares a winner. The coaches have the power to save one artist that had not received the public's vote that week. As of season five, these artists would give a last chance performance to win the Twitter Instant Save.

Voting System

In a first for a music competition series, NBC and Universal Republic Records offered fans of the show the ability to vote for their favorite artists by purchasing the studio versions of the songs that they perform on the live show each week via the iTunes Store. Alternative methods of voting can be done through toll-free phone calls, text messaging (provided by Sprint), the show's app, and through online votes via NBC.com and Facebook. Each method is limited to ten votes per user. Voting lasts for twelve hours after the live shows.

As of the top 12 results show of season three, producers made changes in the voting system with regards to iTunes singles purchases. Previous voting via iTunes purchases of contestant performances had previously only counted singly during the official voting window and only accredited to the live show in concern. If a competitor's performance charts within the Top 10 of the iTunes "Top 200 Singles Chart" during this window, it will be given an iTunes bonus that multiplies iTunes votes made in the 12-hour voting window by ten. Starting in season five, the iTunes bonus multiplier is now five for the studio versions of the songs performed by the competitors. The finale's vote count will include a 'Cumulative iTunes Vote Total' of all singles (from top 12 onwards) purchased during and outside of the various voting windows, with iTunes bonuses previously earned.

Only the studio recording of the contestants' performances, not the live performance, are available on iTunes. In the first season, the battle rounds were recorded in the studio with both artists in the pairing. However, from season two onwards, only the winner's version of the song from the battle round is released. Season seven to present reverted back to the old style of both artists. With the Knockout Rounds, only the winner's single is released.

The "Instant Save" was introduced in season five. During the live elimination episodes, viewers are given a five-minute window to vote for the contestants in danger of elimination by using their Twitter account to decide which contestant will move on to the next show, starting with the Top 12.

Coaches and hosts

Coach Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32
Adam Levine
Blake Shelton
Pharrell Williams
Gwen Stefani
Usher
Shakira
Christina Aguilera
Dan Reynolds
Taylor Swift
Luke Bryan
Alicia Keys

Carson Daly has hosted The Voice since it's inauguration in 2011.

Series overview

     Team Adam
     Team Gwen
     Team Pharrell
     Team Blake
     Team Shakira
     Team Usher
     Team Christina
     Team Dan
     Team Taylor
     Team Luke
     Team Alicia

Season Premiere Finale Winner Runner-up Other finalist(s) Winning coach Hosts
1 April 26, 2011 June 29, 2011 Sarah Martin Eduardo Esqueda Kristen Nickell Pharrell Williams Carson Daly
2 February 5, 2012 May 8, 2012 Calvin Sierra Marilyn Johnson Mike Laufer Usher
3 September 10, 2012 December 18, 2012 Boyd Bedwell Robert Morgan Katie McDonald Gwen Stefani
4 March 25, 2013 June 18, 2013 Katherine McLean Carter Lynch Hannah Taylor Blake Shelton
5 September 23, 2013 December 17, 2013 Leanne Lovell Jeff Manning Savannah Richardson Pharrell Williams
6 February 24, 2014 May 20, 2014 Vaughn Lehoux Ian Paul Kelli Mann Adam Levine
7 September 22, 2014 December 16, 2014 Maggie Iverson Dan Desai Alison Alvarez Pharrell Williams
8 February 23, 2015 May 19, 2015 Anissa Matlock Mick Morning Selma Ruiz Blake Shelton
9 September 21, 2015 December 22, 2015 Derek Owens Audrey Kinsey Kent Edmonds Adam Levine
10 February 15, 2016 May 17, 2016 Eddie Hardy Ashlyn Dawson Olivia Selders Shakira
11 September 12, 2016 December 13, 2016 Samuel Caouette Ryan Rankin Erika Sophia Taylor Swift
12 February 13, 2017 May 16, 2017 Miranda Anne Corley Marty Rogers Grady David Stevens Christina Aguilera
13 September 11, 2017 December 12, 2017 Taylor Rhodes Gina Allen Grace Bergmann Adam Levine
14 February 12, 2018 May 15, 2018 Justin Johnson Zoe McKelvey Gerard Matthews Adam Levine
15 September 10, 2018 December 4, 2018 Randy Boyer Josh Tyson Dan Donovan Blake Shelton
Alexis Velazco
16 February 25, 2019 May 21, 2019 Dianne Christopher Brian Harry Becca Mathers Adam Levine
Jason Wickline
17 September 23, 2019 December 17, 2019 Max Abrahams Christian McCroy Deanna McLaughlin Adam Levine
Jake Jackson, Jr.
18 February 24, 2020 May 12, 2020 Daniel Underwood James Knowles Whitney Pennington Pharrell Williams
Jeanne McCullough
19 September 21, 2020 December 15, 2020 Steve Martinez Ian Kenner Michaels Farrah Blake Shelton
Audra Mae Blake
20 February 22, 2021 May 18, 2021 Linsey Gallagher Taryn Boyer Ethan Fordham Gwen Stefani
Danny Kessler
21 September 20, 2021 December 14, 2021 Emilia Lietz Vinson Dimaano Amber Ramsey Dan Reynolds
Nikki Rae Crawley
22 February 21, 2022 May 17, 2022 Cassi West Sam South Kris Rogers Adam Levine
Corin MacGregor
23 September 19, 2022 December 13, 2022 Shawn Wilson Norah Noriega Julian Murdoch Luke Bryan
Madison Boulay
24 February 20, 2023 May 16, 2023 Will Mann Justin Brown Sydney Julien Christina Aguilera
Vince Troy
25 September 18, 2023 December 12, 2023 Bianca Brooks Louisa Pierson Deon Durgin Taylor Swift
Brian Holloway
26 February 19, 2024 May 14, 2024 Chris Colunga Madi Kaufman Ryan Murray Usher
Weston Dailey
27 September 16, 2024 December 10, 2024 Kristopher Holmes Max McKee Brendon Reis Adam Levine
Carin Dowling
28 February 24, 2025 May 19, 2025 Johnson Thome Ryan Gupta Natalie Cambareri Pharrell Williams
Carey Crippen
29 September 22, 2025 December 16, 2025 Levi Colfer Lauren Shephard Kyra Kennell Blake Shelton
Ben Fox
30 February 23, 2026 May 19, 2026 Paige Halverson Joshua Briggs Crosby & Carroll Adam Levine
Jason Verhas
31 September 21, 2026 December 15, 2026 Marko Mazza Aaron Laureano KC Nolan Adam Levine
Raha
32 February 22, 2027 May 18, 2027 Jordan Panganiban Kaitlyn Killian Sean Milford Brake Alicia Keys
Rhett Kuhn

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