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