Ready for another singing reality show?
If you’re fan of Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine of Maroon 5, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton, you probably are.
“The Voice,” which debuts Tuesday on NBC, is a vocal competition series modeled after Holland’s top-rated vocal talent discovery show, “The Voice of Holland.”
This Americanized version, hosted by Carson Daly, features the four musician coaches named above.
The show’s format features three stages of competition:
• the first begins with the blind audition. If a coach is impressed by a contestant’s voice, the coach pushes a button to select the contestant. At this point, the coach’s chair will swivel to face the contestant selected. If more than one coach selects the talent, the power shifts to the contestant, who may choose which coach they want to work with throughout the competition.
• the battle phase. Coaches will dedicate themselves to developing their singers and giving them advice. 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 singers will advance.
• the live performance. Each coach will eliminate eventually four of their roster, narrowing them down to four. Those four move forward to the live rounds, where America gets to vote. And in the final episode there will be one artist from each coach and one coach. There will be only one winner, and America will decide. The winner will receive a recording contract and $100,000.
The show’s producer, Mark Burnett, and Aguilera participated in a conference call with The Salt Lake Tribune and other media outlets and talked about why the judges wanted to participate, how competitive the show gets and, of course, about Aguilera’s latest live hiccups:
Here are Burnett and Aguilera on:
How much image plays into who gets signed to record deals:
Aguilera: There is a pretty big double standard between the music industry and what nowadays are considered the right tools you need for a record deal … Technology has advanced itself that we can definitely play with a vocalist’s style or interpret their style. We can — through marketing, through Internet — build a face, a body, whatever we can to sell a record. But I think what’s great about this show is the fact that we take it back to real music and we take it back to a time before there was any such thing as say an MTV.
On the coaches’ styles:
Burnett: Christina is the voice of reason. We have three very irreverent, naughty boys who are all coaches. And thank God for Christina. [She] always brings it back to the business and what’s going on. And she is absolutely the rock … If more than one coach turns around [during the blind audition phase], the power shifts then to the singer and it’s the coaches who are pitching each other why that singer would be better served by this coach. And it gets very, very funny. As Christina said, she thought that Adam Levine was [preparing] to run for President he was campaigning so hard for some people. It was very, very funny.
On any rivalry between Britney Spears and Aguilera:
Aguilera: I am a huge supporter of her. And in light of the fact that both of our careers started off together and are still going and going strong, I just think at this point in the game it’s extremely important to be supportive of fellow artists and especially females who get pitted against each other and torn apart. So, you know, as an old friend of mine from the Mickey Mouse Club, I just think it’s important at this stage in the game to really show my support.
On which contestants Aguilera is likely to choose:
Aguilera: What really resonates with an audience is the true passion. And I’m not one of those artists that keeps up with where I’m at on the Billboard charts and my record sales and things like that. I have to do what I feel is right as an artist and then let it out into the universe and what happens, happens.
On Aguilera’s recent much-publicized struggles with live performances:
Aguilera: What hiccups? I have no idea no what you’re — No, I’m just kidding. I’m totally kidding. What I honestly think [is] that there’s a time and a place and a reason why everything happens. And lo and behold the show gets sort of placed in my lap [and] I’m asked to do it. I think it’s the perfect time in my life because of in light of the past year there’s been, you know, obvious, you know, setbacks. I’ve gone through a really hard divorce as anybody … I mean it’s a really life-uprooting time. And there have been hiccups along the way that have, you know, unfortunately for someone that is getting divorced in the spotlight, you know, the whole world gets to witness and judge and watch. And I think that’s also what’s great about, you know, I can laugh about my own hiccups and my own, you know, experiences in life, you know, because I’m getting through it. You know, I’m getting through, you know, healing after a really hard time in my life as anyone going through a divorce would. But I get to share these experiences with these people to say, you know, not every performance day is going to be a great day. And I would have loved to have again, I mentioned, you know, earlier someone along the way for me who was going to tell me you know what, it’s going to be great. It’s going to be bad. They’re — you’re going to have great performances. You’re going to have flubs. You know, there are things that happen in every performer’s life. You know, sometimes it happens on tour. Sometimes it happens on national television. And you have to roll with that. You have to be strong enough to get back up there and not falter within it.
On YouTube phenomenon Rebecca Black:
Aguilera: I’m so sorry. Sometimes I live under a rock. I don’t know who Rebecca Flack is. Mark, do you? I’m sorry I don’t. I’m sorry I don’t. I’m sorry.
On singers Aguilera admires:
Lauryn Hill … Jennifer Hudson has a beautiful voice and I’ve truly enjoyed working with her … And Florence [of Florence And The Machine], she has quite a striking and interesting voice. And what’s the girl that – what was that song? What’s her name? I just bought her album, Adele. Adele, I think she has a really cool something that’s going on right now. So those would be the three. Sorry I couldn’t remember her name for a moment.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribute