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OTRC: 'The Voice,' NBC's 'American Idol'-like show hosted by Carson Daly, draws strong ratings

Christina Aguilera reacts to a contestant with excitement on the series premiere of NBC's 'The Voice,' which aired on April 26, 2011. (NBC)

The debut of "The Voice," NBC's new singing competition show, earned strong ratings and featured a familiar reality TV face performing a "blind" audition before judges Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine.

The premiere was watched by an estimated 11.8 million viewers, earning a 5.1 rating among the target demographic of people aged 18 to 29, the Hollywood Reporter said. That the episode marked the top-rated series premiere on a major network since the' debut of the CBS reality show "Undercover Boss" following the 2010 Super Bowl.

"The Voice" was the No. 1 watched show on Tuesday night, beating ABC's "Dancing With The Stars" results show, which earned a 4.9 rating, and FOX's musical comedy series "Glee," whose special 90-minute episode earned a 4.6 rating, the Hollywood Reporter said.

"The Voice" has already been compared to FOX's veteran reality show "American Idol," namely because both are singing competition programs.

Carson Daly of NBC's late-night talk show "Last Call with Carson Daly" hosts "The Voice" and interacts with the contestants and their parents, who watch them audition before the judges. Daly's role on the show is similar to that of "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest.

More comparisons have already been made between the two shows. The premiere featured former "American Idol" contestant Frenchie Davis, who producers kicked out of the FOX series during its second season in 2003 after it was discovered that she once posed topless on a pornographic website said to feature underage girls.

The 31-year-old singer, who went on to play Joanne and smaller roles in the Broadway musical "Rent," was seen auditioning before the judges on "The Voice" by singing Katy Perry's breakout hit "I Kissed a Girl" on "The Voice" and won a spot on Aguilera's team.

"I will not give up on my dream," Davis said.

However, unlike "American Idol," obviously bad singers are not shown on "The Voice."

The judges each are to pick eight contestants after listening to several people, who were selected by producers during recent off-camera auditions, sing while their back is turned. If more than one judge pushes a button, signaling they want the contestant on their team, the singer can choose whose group they want to join. If no judge pushes a button, the contestant is eliminated.

During the next round, the judges become coaches and cut down their teams from eight people to four. The remaining contestants then duke it out during battle rounds, performing the same song before an audience, until finalists are chosen to perform on their own. Viewers at home will vote to eliminate the contestants until one is left. That person will receive a recording contract and $100,000.

"The Voice" is set to return on Tuesday, May 10 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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