December 14, 2010 07:00 AM by Shayla Perry
It looks like FOX’s American Idol is going to have some competition soon. NBC has just announced that they’re bringing their own singing competition to viewers next spring called The Voice of America. Oh, and it’ll be produced by Mark Burnett!
And NBC is bringing out the big guns to produce the show, like Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Apprentice), John de Mol (Big Brother, Fear Factor), and a few people from Warner Horizon Television (The Bachelor, Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew).
So what sets The Voice of America apart from FOX’s American Idol?
According to the network, the show will feature four celebrity artists (to be named) who will put together teams of singers who they’ll coach and mentor throughout the competition. Week by week, individuals will be eliminated until each celebrity has only one person on their team left to compete for the title of “The Voice of America,” in a live finale.
Unlike American Idols’ lengthy audition process, the celebrity mentors will select their team members via a blind audition, so they’ll only be able to hear their voices.
The show will have three stages of competition–the blind audition, a battle phase, and the live performance shows. Viewers will take part in the show by casting votes to help determine the finalists, who are competing for the grand prize–a recording contract.
“This show truly focuses on amazing voices,” Paul Telegdy, Executive Vice President of Alternative Programming for NBC and Universal Media Studios said in a statement. “The celebrity coaches are passionate about discovering, developing and nurturing new talent. As soon as we saw the Dutch format, we knew this was completely different and really exciting.”
The Voice of America is set to premiere in the Spring of 2011 on NBC.