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Season 1 of The Voice (U.S.) is an American reality talent show. The series is part of The Voice franchise and is based on a similar competition format in the Netherlands, The Voice of Holland. The show is hosted by Carson Daly, with Alison Haislip serving as the backstage and social networking correspondent. The winner receives $100,000 and a record deal with Universal Republic Records. Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Maroon 5 lead vocalist Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton are the coaches. Each team of singers are mentored and developed by their coach. In the second stage, coaches have two of their team members battle against each other by singing the same song, with the coach choosing which team member to advance. In the final phase, the remaining contestants compete against each other in live broadcasts. The television audience helps to decide who advances. When one remains for each coach, the four contestants compete against each other in the finale.

The American series premiered on April 26, 2011 on the NBC television network. The winner of the first season was Javier Colon, mentored by coach Adam Levine. The season finale aired on June 29, 2011. It immediately proved to be a hit for NBC and the network renewed the show for a second season.

Overview

The series consists of three phases, a blind audition, a battle phase and live performance shows. Four coaches, all famous musicians, choose teams of contestants through a blind audition process. Each coach has the length of the auditioner's performance (about one minute) to decide if he or she wants that singer on his or her team; if two or more coaches want the same singer (as happened with all but one singer in the premiere episode), then the singer gets to choose their coach. In the final 32 (live shows), Aguilera, Green, Levine and Shelton were joined by Sia Furler, Monica, music producer Adam Blackstone and Reba McEntire.

Auditions

Contestant auditions were held in eight cities across the United States between mid-January and mid-February 2011, Chicago, New York, Miami, Nashville, Minneapolis, Austin, Los Angeles and Seattle. Contestants were also allowed to submit online applications, which ended on March 1, 2011. For the online auditions, contestans were required to sing one of ten pre-selected songs.

Contestants on The Voice as revealed by airing of promotional advertisements or shows were Javier Colon, Frenchie Davis, Nakia, Lukas Rossi, Cherie Oakley and Dia Frampton.

Coaches, Host and Social Media Correspondent

In late February 2011, NBC began announcements of the coaches for the series. First to sign on were Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine (frontman for Maroon 5). Christina Aguilera came on board in early March 2011. Blake Shelton was added as the final coach on March 7, 2011.

Carson Daly was announced as the show's first host. Alison Haislip was announced as the show's "backstage online and social media correspondent" during the live shows.

Teams

Colour Key:

  • Gold - Winner
  • Silver - Runner-up
  • Bronze - 3rd/4th Place
  • Blue - Eliminated in the Live Shows
  • Pink - Eliminated in the Battles
Coaches Top 32 Artists
Adam Levine Javier Colon Casey Weston Jeff Jenkins Devon Barley
Angela Wolff Tim Mahoney Casey Desmond Rebecca Loebe
Cee Lo Green Vicci Martinez Nakia The Thompson Sisters Curtis Grimes
Niki Dawson Tje Austin Kelsey Rey Emily Valentine
Christina Aguilera Beverly McClellan Frenchie Davis Raquel Castro Lily Elise
Justin Grennan Tarralyn Ramsey Julia Eason Cherie Oakley
Blake Shelton Dia Frampton Xenia Patrick Thomas Jared Blake
Serabee Sara Oromchi Tyler Robinson Elenowen

Blind Auditions

Colour Key:

  •  - Coach hit his/her "I WANT YOU" button
  • Pink - Artist defaulted to this coach's team
  • Blue - Artist elected to join this coach's team
  • Grey - Artist eliminated with no coach pressing his or her "I WANT YOU" button

Episode 1 (April 26, 2011)

The first of two Blind Audition taped episodes was broadcast on April 26, 2011. The coaches performed coach Cee Lo's song, "Crazy" at the start of the show.

Order Artist Age Hometown Song Coach's and Contestant's Choices
Adam Cee Lo Christina Blake
1 Tarralyn Ramsey 31 Jacksonville, Florida "Breathe"
2 Patrick Thomas 20 Nashville, Tennessee "Live Like You Were Dying"
3 Jared Blake 32 Star City, Arkansas "Good Girls Go Bad"
4 Vicci Martinez 26 Tacoma, Washington "Rolling in the Deep"
5 Sonia Rao 24 Freehold Township, New Jersey "If I Ain't Got You"
6 Elenowen (Josh and Nicole Johnson) Nashville, Tennessee "Falling Slowly"
7 Frenchie Davis 31 Los Angeles, California "I Kissed a Girl"
8 Kelsey Rey 20 Sebastian, Florida "American Boy"
9 Jeff Jenkins 22 Jones Creek, Texas "Bless the Broken Road"
10 Rebecca Loebe 27 Atlanta, Georgia "Come as You Are"
11 Joann Rizzo 56 Freehold Township, New Jersey "I Say a Little Prayer"
12 Xenia 16 Temecula, California "Breakeven"
13 Tje Austin 27 Austin, Texas "Just the Way You Are"
14 Javier Colon 33 Stratford, Connecticut "Time After Time"
15 Beverly McClellan 41 Fort Lauderdale, Florida "Piece of My Heart"

Episode 2 (May 3, 2011)

The second and final episode of the Blind Audition rounds was broadcast on May 3, 2011.

Order Artist Age Hometown Song Coach's and Contestant's Choices
Adam Cee Lo Christina Blake
1 Cherie Oakley 29 Nashville, Tennessee "Gunpower & Lead"
2 Devon Barley 19 Mattapoisett, Massachusetts "I'm Yours"
3 Joshua Hand 29 West Palm Beach, Florida "Paparazzi"
4 Raquel Castro 16 Long Island, New York "Bleeding Love"
5 Emily Valentine 23 Hollywood, California "Sober"
6 Niki Dawson 19 Jacksonville, Florida "Teenage Dream"
7 Sara Oromchi 18 San Jose, California "Imagine"
8 Tim Mahoney 39 Minneapolis, Minnesota "Bring It On Home to Me"
9 Julia Eason 18 Palos Verdes, California "Mercy"
10 Angela Wolff 25 Metter, Georgia "The House That Built Me"
11 Tyler Robinson 20 Folsom, California "Hey, Soul Sister"
12 Nakia 36 Austin, Texas "Forget You"
13 Serabee 34 Mississippi "Son of a Preacher Man"
14 Casey Desmond 25 Boston, Massachusetts "Born This Way"
15 Justin Grennan 30 Enumclaw, Washington "Drops of Jupiter"
16 Dia Frampton 23 St. George, Utah "Bubbly"
17 Curtis Grimes 25 Gilmer, Texas "Hillbilly Bone"
18 The Thompson Sisters (Tori and Taylor Thompson) 17 and 19 Santa Maria, California "Stuck Like Glue"

Second Chance

As, by the end of the regular audition round, only Cee Lo Green had completed his full team of eight finalists, with Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton with seven finalists and Adam Levine only six, selected contestants eliminated previously were given a second chance. The performaces in the "second chance round" were as follows:

Order Artist Age Hometown Song Coach's and Contestant's Choices
Adam Cee Lo Christina Blake
1 Lily Elise 20 San Anselmo, California "If I Ain't Got You"
2 Sonia Rao 24 Freehold Township, New Jersey "Chasing Pavements"
3 Jared Blake 32 Star City, Arkansas "Not Ready to Make Nice"
4 Casey Weston 18 Naples, Florida "Stupid Boy"
5 Angela Wolff 25 Metter, Georgia "Rolling in the Deep"

The Battle Rounds

Colour Key:

  • Green - Artist won the Battle and advanced to the Live Shows
  • Pink - Artist lost the Battle and was eliminated

After the Blind Auditions, each coach had eight contestants for the Battle Rounds that aired from May 10 to May 31, 2011. Coaches begin narrowing down the playing field by training the contestants with the help of "trusted advisors". Each episode featured four battles consisting of pairings from within each team, and each battle concluding with the respective coach eliminating one of the two contestants; the four winners for each coach advanced to the live shows.

The trusted advisors for these episodes were, Adam Blackstone working with Adam Levine; Reba McEntire working with Blake Shelton; Monica working with Cee Lo Green; and Sia Furler working with Christina Aguilera.

Episode Coach Order Winner Song Loser
Episode 3 (May 10, 2011) Christina Aguilera 1 Frenchie Davis "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" Tarralyn Ramsey
Blake Shelton 2 Patrick Thomas "Burning Love" Tyler Robinson
Adam Levine 3 Casey Weston "Leather and Lace" Tim Mahoney
Cee Lo Green 4 Vicci Martinez "F**kin' Perfect" Niki Dawson
Episode 4 (May 17, 2011) Cee Lo Green 1 Nakia "Closer" Tje Austin
Blake Shelton 2 Jared Blake "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" Elenowen
Adam Levine 3 Javier Colon "Stand by Me" Angela Wolff
Christina Aguilera 4 Beverly McClellan "Baba O'Riley" Justin Grennan
Episode 5 (May 24, 2011) Christina Aguilera 1 Raquel Castro "Only Girl (In The World)" Julia Eason
Blake Shelton 2 Dia Frampton "You Can't Hurry Love" Serabee
Adam Levine 3 Devon Barley "Creep" Rebecca Loebe
Cee Lo Green 4 The Thompson Sisters "Unwritten" Kelsey Rey
Episode 6 (May 31, 2011) Adam Levine 1 Jeff Jenkins "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" Casey Desmond
Blake Shelton 2 Xenia "I'll Stand by You" Sara Oromchi
Christina Aguilera 3 Lily Elise "Since U Been Gone" Cherie Oakley
Cee Lo Green 4 Curtis Grimes "Need You Now" Emily Valentine

Live Shows

Quarterfinals, Week 1 (June 7 and June 13, 2011) Colour Key:

  • Green - Artist was saved by the Public's Vote
  • Purple - Artist was saved by his/her coach
  • Pink - Artist was eliminated

After the Final 16 were decided, with four finalists for each coach, June 7, 2011 saw the launching of the live shows (EDT) with Team Christina and Team Blake performing.

Public voting across multiple platforms (phone, smartphone app, web and iTunes Store) commenced at this point, with two candidates eliminated from each participating team in the first two live shows. Voting lines were opened immediately after the broadcast of each live show on Tuesday and stayed open until 10am EDT the following Monday (June 13, 2011 for Week 1).

Order Coach Artist Song Result
1 Christina Aguilera Raquel Castro "Blow" Eliminated
2 Blake Shelton Jared Blake "Use Somebody" Eliminated
3 Christina Aguilera Beverly McClellan "I'm the Only One" Public's Vote
4 Blake Shelton Dia Frampton "Heartless" Public's Vote
5 Xenia "Price Tag" Blake's Choice
6 Christina Aguilera Lily Elise "Big Girls Don't Cry" Eliminated
7 Blake Shelton Patrick Thomas "I Hope You Dance" Eliminated
8 Christina Aguilera Frenchie Davis "When Love Takes Over" Christina's Choice

Non-competition Performances

Order Performers Song
1 The Voice Coaches "Bohemian Rhapsody", "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions"
2 Christina Aguilera and her 4 Finalists "Lady Marmalade"
3 Blake Shelton and his 4 Finalists "This Love"

Quarterfinals, Week 2 (June 14 and June 20, 2011)

On June 14, 2011, Team Adam and Team Cee Lo performed.

Voting proceeded as before, following the episode's close and continuing until 10am EDT June 20, 2011.

Results from Week 7

  • From Christina Aguilera's team, the top Public's Vote went to Beverly McClellan. Given the chance to save one additional contestant on her team, Christina chose to save Frenchie Davis. Thus both Lily Elise and Raquel Castro were eliminated.
  • From Blake Shelton's team, the top Public's Vote went to Dia Frampton. Blake chose to save Xenia, eliminating Jared Blake and Patrick Thomas.
Order Coach Artist Song Result
1 Cee Lo Green The Thompson Sisters "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" Eliminated
2 Adam Levine Casey Weston "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" Adam's Choice
3 Cee Lo Green Vicci Martinez "Jolene" Public's Vote
4 Adam Levine Devon Barley "Stop and Stare" Eliminated
5 Cee Lo Green Nakia "Sex on Fire" Cee Lo's Choice
6 Adam Levine Jeff Jenkins "Jesus, Take the Wheel" Eliminated
7 Cee Lo Green Curtis Grimes "Addicted to Love" Eliminated
8 Adam Levine Javier Colon "Angel" Public's Vote

Non-competition Performances

Order Performers Song
1 Cee Lo Green and his 4 Finalists "Everyday People"
2 Adam Levine and his 4 Finalists "With a Little Help from My Friends"

Semi-finals, Week 3 (June 21 and June 22, 2011)

Colour Key:

  • Purple - Artist was saved and advanced to the Finals
  • Pink - Artist was eliminated

On June 21, 2011, the Final 8 performed. Voting proceeded following the episode until 10am EDT June 22, 2011.

Results from Week 8

  • From Cee Lo Green's team, the top Public's Vote went to Vicci Martinez. Given the chance to save one additional contestant on his team, Cee Lo chose to save Nakia. Thus both The Thompson Sisters and Curtis Grimes were eliminated.
  • From Adam Levine's team, the top Public's Vote went to Javier Colon. Adam chose to save Casey Weston, eliminating Devon Barley and Jeff Jenkins.
Order Coach Contestant Song Coach Points Public Points Total Points Result
1 Christina Aguilera Frenchie Davis "Like a Prayer" 50 43 93 Eliminated
2 Cee Lo Green Nakia "Whataya Want from Me" 51 25 76 Eliminated
3 Blake Shelton Dia Frampton "Losing My Religion" 50 56 106 Advanced to Finals
4 Adam Levine Casey Weston "I Will Always Love You" 35 27 62 Eliminated
5 Christina Aguilera Beverly McClellan "The Thrill Is Gone" 50 57 107 Advanced to Finals
6 Adam Levine Javier Colon "Fix You" 65 73 138 Advanced to Finals
7 Blake Shelton Xenia "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" 50 44 94 Eliminated
8 Cee Lo Green Vicci Martinez "Dog Days Are Over" 49 75 124 Advanced to Finals

Non-competition Performances

Order Performers Song
1 Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera "Moves Like Jagger"
2 Blake Shelton, Dia Frampton and Xenia "Honey Bee"
3 The Final 8 "Faith/Freedom! '90" medley
4 Cee Lo Green "Bright Lights Bigger City"

Finals

On June 28, 2011, the four finalists each performed an original song and a duet with their coach. Voting proceeded immediately following the episode's close until 10am Eastern June 29, 2011.

Artist Coach Order Original Song Order Duet with Coach Result
Javier Colon Adam Levine 1 "Stitch by Stitch" 6 "Man in the Mirror" Winner
Dia Frampton Blake Shelton 2 "Inventing Shadows" 5 "I Won't Back Down" Runner-up
Vicci Martinez Cee Lo Green 3 "Afraid to Sleep" 8 "Love is a Battlefield" 3rd/4th Place
Beverly McClellan Christina Aguilera 4 "Lovesick" 7 "Beautiful"

Non-competition Performances

Order Performers Song
1 The Voice Coaches "Under Pressure"
2 Pitbull and Ne-Yo "Give Me Everything"
3 Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton "Don't Drink the Water"

Finals Results

Airing on June 29, 2011, after performances and recaps, Carson Daly declared that the top two were just 2% apart. Then the top two artists were announced, Dia Frampton and Javier Colon. Despite Dia's original song, "Inventing Shadows" topping the iTunes singles chart, Javier was declared the first season winner of The Voice.

Non-competition Performances

Order Performers Song
1 Vicci Martinez and Patrick Monahan "Drops of Jupiter"
2 Javier Colon and Stevie Nicks "Landslide"
3 Beverly McClellan and Ryan Tedder "Good Life"
4 Dia Frampton and Miranda Lambert "The House That Built Me"

Elimination Chart

Colour Key:

  • Blue - Artist from Team Adam
  • Green - Artist from Team Blake
  • Red - Artist from Team Cee Lo
  • Pink - Artist from Team Christina
  • Gold - Winner
  • Silver - Runner-up
  • Bronze - 3rd/4th Place
Artist Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Finals
Javier Colon Safe Advanced Winner
Dia Frampton Safe Advanced Runner-up
Vicci Martinez Safe Advanced 3rd/4th Place
Beverly McClellan Safe Advanced
Casey Weston Safe Eliminated Eliminated (Week 3)
Xenia Safe Eliminated
Nakia Safe Eliminated
Frenchie Davis Safe Eliminated
Devon Barley Eliminated Eliminated (Week 2)
Curtis Grimes Eliminated
Jeff Jenkins Eliminated
The Thompson Sisters Eliminated
Raquel Castro Eliminated Eliminated (Week 1)
Jared Blake Eliminated
Lily Elise Eliminated
Patrick Thomas Eliminated

Performances by Guests/Coaches

Episode Show Segment Performer(s) Title Hot 100 Reaction Hot Digital Songs Reaction Performance Type
9 Semi-finals Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera "Moves Like Jagger" 8 (debut) 2 (debut) Live Performance
Blake Shelton (with Dia Frampton and Xenia) "Honey Bee" 15 (+6) 11 (+8) Live Performance
10 Semi-finals Results Cee Lo Green "Bright Lights Bigger City" did not chart did not chart Live Performance
11 Finals Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo "Give Me Everything" 2 (-1) 3 (+1) Live Performance
Brad Paisley ft. Blake Shelton "Don't Drink the Water" did not chart did not chart Live Performance
12 Finals Results Patrick Monahan (with Vicci Martinez) "Drops of Jupiter" did not chart did not chart Live Performance (Duet)
Stevie Nicks (with Javier Colon) "Landslide" did not chart did not chart Live Performance (Duet)
Ryan Tedder (with Beverly McClellan) "Good Life" 9 (+9) 12 (+5) Live Performance (Duet)
Miranda Lambert (with Dia Frampton) "The House That Built Me" did not chart did not chart Live Performance (Duet)

The Voice Live on Tour

In the final episode, Carson Daly announced a Summer concert tour. This tour had six stops across the United States, including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Boston, Wallingford and New York. The tour featured the top two finalists from each team, including Javier Colon, Dia Frampton, Vicci Martinez, Beverly McClellan, Casey Weston, Xenia, Nakia and Frenchie Davis. Out of the six dates, the New York show was a sell-out. However, as overall ticket sales were lackluster, the tour was cancelled in subsequent seasons. In 2014, the tour was resumed from June 21, 2014 to August 2, 2014, including the contestants of the fifth season, the sixth season and the first season contestant Dia Frampton.

Tour Dates

Date City Country Venue
July 27, 2011 Los Angeles United States Gibson Amphitheatre
July 30, 2011 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena
August 2, 2011 Chicago Rosemont Theatre
August 4, 2011 Boston Bank of America Pavilion
August 5, 2011 Wallingford Oakdale Theatre
August 6, 2011 New York City Beacon Theatre

Contestant Appearances on Earlier Talent Shows

  • Frenchie Davis was a semi-finalist on Season 2 of American Idol but was disqualified.
  • Emily Valentine auditioned for the eighth season of American Idol under the name Emily Wynn-Hughes but was cut in the Hollywood Rounds.
  • Kelsey Rey auditioned on American Idol under the name Kelsey Laverack for the seventh season, but was cut and appeared again in the ninth season and was eliminated in the Hollywood Rounds.
  • The Thompson Sisters appeared on American Juniors in 2003 as separate acts; both winning the highest prize on the show to join the American Juniors group.
  • Vicci Martinez appeared on Star Search in 2003, but did not make it past the semi-finals.

Reception and TV Ratings

The premiere episode, in what was seen as a relative surprise, was the most watched telecast on the night it aired, garnering more viewers than high-profile competitors Dancing with the Stars on ABC (in persons 18-49; DWTS had more overall viewers) and Glee on Fox. The series debut garnered 11.775 million viewers from 9-11pm. It peaked at 10:45pm with 13.398 million viewers (live+SD).

Rolling Stone's Mallika Rao said of the show's premiere episode, "Could this concept be the best Dutch import since tulips and Eddie Van Halen?" Despite a high viewership in its debut, the show has received mixed reviews on Metacritic, which holds at a 58.

No. Episode Original Air Date Viewers (millions)
1 Blind Auditions, Round 1 April 26, 2011 11.78
2 Blind Auditions, Round 2 May 3, 2011 12.58
3 Battles: Round 1 May 10, 2011 10.45
4 Battles: Round 2 May 17, 2011 10.01
5 Battles: Round 3 May 24, 2011 8.48
6 Battles: Round 4 May 31, 2011 14.41
7 Quarterfinals: Round 1 June 7, 2011 12.31
8 Quarterfinals: Round 2 June 14, 2011 12.33
9 Semi-finals June 21, 2011 12.05
10 Semi-finals: Results June 22, 2011 10.01
11 The Finals June 28, 2011 12.70
12 Finals: Results June 29, 2011 11.05

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