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.