The American series premiered on April 26, 2011 on the NBC television network. The winner of the first series was a favourite throughout the competition from coach Adam Levine's team, Javier Colon. The finale airing on June 29, 2011. It immediately proved to be a hit for NBC and the network has renewed the show for a second season.
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 an online application, which ended on March 1, 2011. For the online auditions, contestants were required to sing one of ten preselected songs.
Coaches, Host and Social Media CorrespondentEdit
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 and guitarist for Maroon 5). Christina Aguilera came on board in early March 2011. Blake Shelton was added as the final coach on March 7, 2011.
Reception and TV RatingsEdit
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 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.
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.
|#||Title||Original Air Date||Viewers (Millions)|
|1||Blind Auditions, Part 1||April 26, 2011||11.78|
|2||Blind Auditions, Part 2||May 3, 2011||12.58|
|3||The Battle, Part 1||May 10, 2011||10.45|
|4||The Battle, Part 2||May 17, 2011||10.01|
|5||The Battle, Part 3||May 24, 2011||8.48|
|6||The Battle, Part 4||May 31, 2011||14.41|
|7||Top 16 Perform (Part 1)||June 7, 2011||12.31|
|8||Top 16 Perform (Part 2)||June 14, 2011||12.33|
|9||Top 8 Perform||June 21, 2011||12.05|
|10||Top 8 Results||June 22, 2011||10.01|
|11||Top 4 Perform||June 28, 2011||12.70|
|12||Season Finale||June 29, 2011||11.05|
The Voice Live on TourEdit
In the final episode, the host 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, Xenia, Frenchie Davis, Nakia and Casey Weston. Out of the six dates, the New York show was a sell out.