NBC To Launch Own Version Of American Idol
Posted on Mon Dec 13, 2010 02:09 PM PDT

nbc200logo.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - NBC announced Monday it will work with reality show producers John de Mol and Mark Burnett on a new singing show Voice of America adapted from the Netherlands' top-rated show, The Voice Of Holland.

Voice is meant to give American Idol some much needed competition after nearly ten years of dominating the talent show genre.

"It's a bold move, it shows our confidence, but we've been busy fermenting a move into this genre for quite a few months. We've been at a state of DefCon 2," NBC's alternative chief Paul Telegedy revealed.

The Voice will have a panel of four coaches with successful pop careers who will sit in rotating chairs with their backs to the contestants, so they can only hear the singers. If they like the performance, they push a button moving the contestant to the next round, claiming that contestant as one of their students. If more than one coach likes a contestant, the singers gets to choose who will be their coach.

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

"Somebody will show up with all the right moves and look like a star, but their voice is only good, not great, and they don't get chosen. You're dealing only with your sense of hearing -- do you believe this voice is worthy of your commitment? The coaches have skin in the game and will be a part of the careers of these young performers after the show," said Mark Burnette.

The Voice Of America is set to premiere Spring 2011, casting is already underway.

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