In 2010, TV audiences started to see a brand new singing competition with a unique and distinct format: The Voice. Designed by Dutch producer John De Mol as an international reality television singing competition, The Voice has been franchised to more than thirty countries so far. Taking its roots from a Dutch producer, The Voice could easily distinguish itself from the other competitors of the market such as X-Factor, Rising Star or the Idols. Famous Dutch singer Roel van Velzen came up with the idea of rotating chairs so that the concept of blind auditions would be strengthened. The Voice aims to introduce the contestants to the coaches without creating room for any possible ”first-sight-opinion” that could occur due to the physical appearance of the contestants. Therefore, the coaches listen to the first songs of the contestants, and if they believe that the singer can make a good match for their team, they invite the contestant to join them, to be trained by that specific celebrity.
How is The Voice Different from Other Singing Competitions?
The Voice uses a unique format that could easily distinguish itself from the other competing productions of the same market. Here is a short list that summarizes why The Voice became so popular and adopted by TV audiences from all around the world:
- There are no judges, but coaches instead. The coaches are responsible for forming their own teams and mentoring the candidates. They are selected from among the famous artists who have proved their expertise and success in a given country.
- There are blind auditions on the programme, and once a candidate passes this step and are welcomed to a team, they receive training from their coach.
- Nobody expects to find a candidate singing a song with a champion’s quality on the first auditions. Instead, The Voice offers to monitor and reflect the personal development of the candidates regarding their musical excellence.