December 15th, 2010
09:58 AM ET
Reality show producer Mark Burnett's already working on bringing an "Amazing Race" clone to ABC, and now he's taking on "American Idol" and "The X-Factor" with NBC's spring singing competition, "The Voice of America."
According to Deadline.com, the show, based on the Dutch series "The Voice of Holland," features four celebrity artists who act as coaches and mentors for the talent.
During auditions, the coaches sit with their backs to the contestants so they can hear but not see them. The coach then pushes a button if he or she wants to take that contestant on as a student. If more than one coach chooses the same contestant, the contestant decides which coach he or she wants to work with.
Once their teams are formed, the coaches train and groom their students and then pit them against each other. Two team members are given the same song to perform in front of a studio audience, and the coaches decide whether they want to continue mentoring the singer.
Next, the top contestants from each team compete in a live broadcast, with the home audience choosing the final four. One contestant will be named "The Voice of America" in the series finale.
"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," Burnett said of the series in the Hollywood Reporter. "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."
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