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NBC to launch ‘Idol’-like rival called ‘Voice of America’

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Mark Burnett, known best for “Survivor” and “The Apprentice,” is helping NBC launch a music singing competition called “The Voice of America” next year, according to Hollywood Reporter. It could start as soon as the spring of 2011 and is already casting.

Here’s the set up, based on a popular Dutch show called “The Voice of Holland.”

The competition’s format is similar to Idol, but even closer to X Factor, with some notable differences from both. The Voice has a panel of four coaches who also have careers as popular performing artists. During the audition rounds, the coaches sit in rotating chairs with their backs to the contestants, so they can only hear the singers, not see them. If they like the performance, they push a button, sending the contestant to the next round and claiming the contestant as one of their students. If more than one coach likes a contestant, the singers gets to choose who will be his/her coach.

Once the teams are set, coaches will mentor contestants and pit their teams against each other, with viewers voting on the winner. The final performance phase of the competition will air live.

Does this sound compelling? Do we need another show like this? Next year will feature plenty of singers: besides “Idol,” we have “America’s Got Talent,” “The X Factor” and that new singer-songwriter competition on Bravo “Going Platinum.”

Here is a snippet of the show in Holland, with a gal singing Nickelback:

Jimmy Iovine, the permanent mentor for the contestants on “Idol” this season, is in Vegas at the Mirage with several other first-class producers to help the final 60 contestants perform their Beatles songs, according to Entertainment Weekly.

– Anybody watching “The Sing Off” last night? Some of these groups are so absurdly dorky, the cast of “Glee” would throw Slurpies on them. (Yes, that’s you, Backbeats!) The teacher group Groove For Thought that was axed last night did a terrible version of David Bowie’s “Changes,” possibly the worst I’ve seen so far. I like Committed and Street Corner Symphony the most though you have to give props to Jerry Lawson’s old-time group. On The Rocks are fun but should be beat up for their costumes alone.

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JTesla

December 14th, 2010
9:34 am

Competition is good, but gimmicky won’t win the day. Of course I doubt that is what they are going for, you don’t need the top show you just need to bring in some money.

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Deirdre

December 14th, 2010
9:57 am

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but in this case……greed is a factor as well. Maybe they think a new American Idol will trump an old American Idol.

Mercedes S.

December 14th, 2010
10:00 am

Variations on a theme… liked the idea of having the panel listen to the voices only. Comments cute.

Sam-A

December 14th, 2010
10:22 am

Heard on E!News last night that Idol will do “what are they upto now” profiles on the former Idol winners. Fortunately (ie Kelly & Carrie), and unfortunately (F-bomb) we know what several of them are doing. Still be good to see some of them (for me Kelly, David C).

JTesla

December 14th, 2010
10:29 am

That should be interesting Sam, heck I wonder what that Lee guy is up to. He seemed to just drop off the radar.

kelly&carriefan

December 14th, 2010
10:33 am

Sam-A, thanks for the crossed fingers! What are they up to? Kelly in Nashville, recording and performing Thursday; Carrie, nominated for a GG; Jordin recording for a new album;, Cook is working on his next album, Kris Allen got a new puppy, Lee has his single out. Just missing Ruben, Fantasia, and Taylor. The End.

Breaking News: Rickster, it looks like we’ll get to see Carrie’s Golden Globes after all. Er, I mean, we’ll see her AT the Golden Globes! Her song for the latest Narnia movie, “There’s a Place for Us,” just got nominated. :D

Deirdre

December 14th, 2010
11:38 am

So obviously, Idol needs to hire k&cf for these updates!

kelly&carriefan

December 14th, 2010
11:42 am

D, I suppose I’ll need an agent. Interested?

I-Ninjakicksbackxfactor

December 14th, 2010
12:07 pm

If cute white guys get the boot if the judges only have sound instead of looks to judges, the females who made Lee and Michael Grimm winners will go crazy.

Mercedes S.

December 14th, 2010
1:27 pm

I kept thinking, how come no one mentions what ADAM is up to… then, oh, of course. He didn’t win.
Meanwhile, my Christmas tree is still frozen in its bucket outside.

Light

December 14th, 2010
1:32 pm

Let God will be done thru this blog http://lightoftheearth.blogspot.com/

Sam-A

December 14th, 2010
1:53 pm

Mercedes: Bring the tree, bucket and all, in and it will quickly melt in the indoor heat.

JTesla

December 14th, 2010
2:13 pm

Wait… Adam didn’t win?

kelly&carriefan

December 14th, 2010
2:14 pm

Maybe y’all will appreciate this: The AJC homepage has “Hot Concert Tickets.” I clicked on the link, and the picture at top: Clay!

Oh, AJC, you slay me! :lol:

Rickster

December 14th, 2010
2:17 pm

K&CF – wooo HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! :-)

Re: her queeness’ “Maybe they think a new American Idol will trump an old American Idol.” – That’s kinda what Simon is hoping for with X-Factor, isn’t it?

Back the the super secret, undisclosed, highly secure but oh-so-comfy bunker. Yet another meeting of The Council of Legendary Figures.

See you all tomorrow.

B

December 14th, 2010
3:40 pm

I’ve been watching The sing off, and agree, some of these groups should get slurpied. I like committed, and HATE Jerry lawson’s group… they are rather boring to me. I would love to see this show bring on one of my favorite groups: Naturally 7. I’ve been listening to them for a few years, and they don’t consider themselves an acapella group they call it vocal play, they make the sounds of many instruments using their voices. but this would be a great way to show these groups what’s possible.

Simon

December 14th, 2010
3:47 pm

I don’t think NBC was ever known for their originality in programming. Because reality shows are cheap to produce and don’t require a lot of brainpower from the viewing public, we see more and more of them.
Personally, with Idol having jumped the shark, I question NBC’s timing, but then, a lot of things NBC does simply don’t make sense.

RK

December 14th, 2010
3:59 pm

Maybe this will be as successful as “The One” (you might have to wiki that if you can’t remember it).

Rosita

December 14th, 2010
4:17 pm

Mercedes, I’m glad to see that someone else saves her Christmas tree for closer to the actual date of Christmas. In fact, Christmas Day is the FIRST day of Christmas, the 12th being Epiphany, January 6. Before I had kids I would bring in a tree on Christmas Eve and decorate it then. (Prices were a lot cheaper that way too!) Then would take it down on Epiphany. May do that this year.

Deirdre

December 14th, 2010
4:38 pm

Mr & Mrs Silicon Valley will be arriving this Thursday morning. The tree is up and lighted but we haven’t put the decorations on yet. We want to make it a family event. We usually have the tree up within 2 weeks of Christmas. Not before that because, as much as I like having a Christmas tree…3 weeks is about all I can take of it. Must be some kind of quirk in my wiring.

Sam-A

December 14th, 2010
4:42 pm

Simon, NBC is the home of “Miami Vice” – one of the most original shows ever on tv! And Bonanza, and many many more fabulous shows (in their time)!

Deirdre

December 14th, 2010
4:49 pm

Seinfeld, too.

Deirdre

December 14th, 2010
4:50 pm

Was Star Trek NBC?

Sam-A

December 14th, 2010
4:55 pm

God, how could I leave out Seinfield??!! Thanks for that. One of my faves ever! Don’t know about Star Trek, never watched it. I’ve always liked my SciFi SERIOUS, ie “X-Files”, and it was too silly for me.

Deirdre

December 14th, 2010
4:57 pm

Yes, Star Trek was on NBC.

ER….I loved that show.

JTesla

December 14th, 2010
5:04 pm

How long ago did those shows go off the air? Just sayin.

Tree is up, went out and cut it down Sunday.

RK

December 14th, 2010
5:14 pm

The Biggest Loser is an NBC original…but they are desperate for reality hits.

G

December 14th, 2010
5:17 pm

NBC currently has a show called “Sing Off”, which is an a capella competition. True talent, qualified judges, and a fair voting process, which is something Idol truly lacks.

Mo Schreibman

December 14th, 2010
9:16 pm

Do not forget that Howdy Doody was on NBC and like Bonanza was a pioneer in the use of color and wooden characters.

Nutmeg

December 14th, 2010
9:34 pm

G, what are you smokin’? A fair voting process? Three judges, no vote until after they’ve removed the most likable groups! Ben Folds, the most respected of the judges, pretty much admitted last year that he doesn’t like female voices. You note that the mixed groups have been picked off this year, and the Backbeats are the only ones left. Look for them to go home before voting starts, because girls aren’t allowed in Foldsworld.

Nutmeg

December 14th, 2010
9:37 pm

Ben Folds last year, on Noteworthy: “You ladies have to be really careful not to be shrill, and you’re missing the deeper sounds of the other groups. You have to compensate for not having bass.”

The next episode, when Noteworthy (by far the best group, IMO) was axed right before voting, Ben said, “I don’t know… you’re just missing something. I can’t put my finger on it.” Except that he already HAD put his finger on it the week before: they lack Y-chromosomes. He also saves his highest praise for all-male groups.

Man, that still burns me up.

Nutmeg

December 14th, 2010
9:40 pm

Hey, Crystal Bowersox’s album dropped today! It’s only $7 at Amazon; I’ve ordered my copy. http://www.amazon.com/Farmers-Daughter-Crystal-Bowersox/dp/B0046MVVOM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1292380764&sr=8-1

Mercedes S.

December 14th, 2010
9:41 pm

Thanks for tree advice, Sam-A; gave it some thought but it would be too messy on the new floor and new carpets…

Glad to hear I’m not the only one who thinks there should be a couple weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Mo, don’t you dare call the Bonanza men wooden!! My first crush, when I was, what, 6 or so, was Adam Cartwright….This was back when Mr. Roberts had hair.

Mo Schreibman

December 14th, 2010
10:25 pm

He had no more hair back then than he would have now if he had not died earlier this year.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

December 14th, 2010
11:56 pm

i’m agreeing in part re SingOff… but i LOVED the Groove for Thought group, but admittedly the last performance WAS week -0- but then as anyone who’s read me for a while knows, i am a HUGE jazz lover, especially old-style scat jazz, where *GASP* the vocalists imitate the instruments. Young Amanda’s trumpet flares are memorable, imho — i agree that Lawson’s group is booooooring… if they tried do do anything but the old-school persuasion-style vocals, it might be fun, but they seem to just stay in that one little groove. Street Corner is DYNOmyte…. hoping they go all the way, and i love Committed also. Back beat has only been together a VERY short while, if you watched the back stories, Kenton wanted badly to put together a vocal group to compete, and went out and recruited acapella singers to form the competition group — with some maturity and time together to “season” they might actually be an awful lot of fun. imho of course

haven’t paid much attention to idol or x factor or agt or any other competition show news, figured i’d just wait and see what grabs my fancy this time around.

thanks for the info re Crystal’s album … will have to order it soon.

oh, yeah, Nutmeg, you pegged Ben Folds. he really doesn’t like to give the fems any props. I think Lawsons oldtimers should have been gone earlier, but definitely last night felt they were by far the weakest link. oh well, what do i know, i’ve only been listening to music 50+ years, hanging out with bands and musicians for, well 45+ years…. meh.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

December 15th, 2010
12:01 am

the so-called “fair voting process” of singoff is a joke, G – i was watching a rerun of ABDC from their 4th season, and think they have about the best format — similar to SYTYCD in some ways. They start off with 9 crews — the judges eliminate 1 the first night, then voting starts — each week, all groups are prepared to dance again, and they are announced “safe” or “in danger”…the bottom 3 (for the first few weeks, then later bottom 2) then are the last two to perform, and the judges save two (later 1 of course), and let the other go. What’s tough is when 2 of the best crew end up in the bottom 2 because of one bad week, and one has to go…. leaving a crew not quite as good imho, but them’s the breaks (haha) — I think perhaps, in combination with limited calls/e-mails/texts per person, that this is the most comprehensively “fair” way to go — the public sets the stage, and then the judges actually have to make some decision for the final cut.

but again, what do *I* know? *smirk*

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

December 15th, 2010
12:02 am

err booboo, should have said “then are the last three (or two) to perform” sorry

Deirdre

December 15th, 2010
7:22 am

Morning!

Mercedes, I’m afraid Mo is right about Pernell Roberts…that was a toupee way back during his Bonanza years. Although I admit thinking he was just about the handsome-est guy I’d ever seen. I’ve seen a lot better since then but I was just a kid during the early Bonanza years. Later it was Little Joe who caught my eye.

Sam-A

December 15th, 2010
8:10 am

Little Joe was my guy, as well as Robbie on “My Three Sons”. In fact, when I was 17 and leaving for UGA, I didn’t want to go because I was afraid I wouldn’t get to watch these shows. Then this miracle happened (The Beatles), and from the minute Paul stepped on the Ed Sullivan stage (was it Feb 7th, 1964?), I forgot all about those dudes – I’d found my true love.

Deirdre

December 15th, 2010
8:16 am

Aw Sam…you and I followed similar paths. I remember loving I Want To Hold Your Hand but not knowing anything about the singers until Ed Sullivan. From then on, I was hooked. One of my friends always carried a transitor radio with him and we’d sit on the bus heading home from school hoping that the dj would play a Beatles song.

kelly&carriefan

December 15th, 2010
8:29 am

Hi y’all,

Well, y’all are making me super nostalgic. Not that I know who any of these guys are. You know, except for The Beatles. ;) My first crush, when I was about 6 was Michael J. Fox. I loved watching my VHS Back to The Future and reruns of Family Ties.

I like the idea of limiting voting, but I’m not too keen on giving the judges the final say after that. Sometimes, the people they “pimp” just don’t click with the audience (me).

Sam-A

December 15th, 2010
8:37 am

Of course in the 60’s FM was almost non-existant, so I’d sit in my bedroom and hold my transistor radio and try to pick up “WOWO-Fr Wayne Indiana”, or “WGN-Chicago”, both of which always played lots of Beatles. Also loved WGST – Paul Drew. He introduced the Beatles at Atlanta Stadium in 1965. Good Times!!!

Nana

December 15th, 2010
9:07 am

Good Morning!

Been around, just haven’t had much to say and been way to busy with final Christmas baking and cooking and stuffing it all in the freezers.

Dr. Kildare was my ideal doctor until Marcus Welby, MD., came on. Of course my fave singer was and will always be Elvis. Since I wasn’t allowed to play or listen to rock & roll (preacher kid), I had to wait until dad wasn’t home to play the 45’s. I would save my lunch money to buy them. However, one day, he came home early and caught me doing the three things I wasn’t allowed to do: playing r&r, dancing and wearing short shorts!!!!!!!!!! And, I was in my bedroom with the door shut. After that, I was more careful. In the 60’s, you can guess what punishment he gave me.

Deirdre

December 15th, 2010
9:59 am

I’m pretty sure that Paul McCartney was my first MAJOR crush. Before that, I was very much into Troy Donahue.

Sam-A

December 15th, 2010
10:23 am

My first “true love” was Fabian. All my friends loved him – I didn’t. Was 12 years old, and they talked me into going to see him live at the Fox to introduce his first movie (Paul Drew was host). Afterwards my best friend’s father took the 2 of us to WGST station, and we got to meet him. He actually was quite handsome, and extremely gracious, from a 16 year old boy to a 12 year old gir. Kissed my hand, and I didn’t let it get wet for days.

Mo Schreibman

December 15th, 2010
11:10 am

Three words: Joanne Dru. What she saw in that beefcake John Ireland I can not imagine. But do not get me started please.

Rodney Ho

December 15th, 2010
11:21 am

Mornin’! New blog entry up!

Harriett

December 15th, 2010
11:26 am

Morning, all. Back from warm and toasty San Antonio. It was 80 when I landed on Saturday and was in the high 60s yesterday morning when I got on my plane to return.

Mo, John Ireland caught the eye of Tuesday Weld, too, but then she was really quirky too.

My favorite tv doc was Ben Casey. I went for the dark, smoldering types.

Harriett

December 15th, 2010
11:27 am

Too many toos.