"The Voice," NBC's new singing competition show is set to air on April 26 and Christina Aguilera and producer Mark Burnett have clarified the process.
Burnett, the producer who revolutionized reality television with "Survivor" and "The Apprentice" based the format off of "The Voice of Holland," which is the most-watched talent show in Dutch TV history, beating out the Dutch versions of "Idol" and "X Factor."
Aguilera will be joined at the coaches' table by Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine, "Forget You" singer Cee Lo Green and Country superstar Blake Shelton. Carson Daly will host.
"'The Voice' is very different from every other singing competition show," Burnett explained in the promotional clip. "There are three rounds. The first round is blind auditions, whereby the coaches- Christina, Adam [Levine], Blake [Shelton], Cee Lo [Green] have their backs to the performers and only rotate their chair if they like the voice they're hearing. If more than one of the coaches turns around, it's up to the singer then, which team he or she would like to join. The second round is the coaches, culling down their eight chosen second rounders to four. And they're taking four into the finals on live television."
After the final teams are set, the coaches will develop their singers, give them advice and share secrets of their success. There will then be battle rounds where team members will perform the same song for a studio audience. After the face-off, the finalists will be chosen. All the team finalists will do a live performance and viewers at home choose who to send home each week. The winner will receive a recording contract and $100,000.
"Not only is this a show where you get to go on and judge people, but you get to judge them on their pure, raw talent and what it is- their voice, without seeing them, it's completely blind," says Aguilera. "And then I get to mentor them, so it's not like I just judge them, pick some people and go home, I'm part of it. So we're all a team together."
"The Voice" has a two-hour premiere on April 26 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. The series will return to its regular schedule on May 10, airing at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.