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NBC reveals first 12 of 32 artists/contestants who will compete in 'The Voice'

by jmaloni
Wed, Apr 27th 2011 02:00 pm

NBC named the first 12 of its 32 selected artists/contestants who will move onto the "Battle" round of the new vocal competition series "The Voice" featuring its four musician coaches - Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.

In addition, NBC will re-broadcast the two-hour series premiere from April 26 on the following night, Wednesday, April 27 (9-11 p.m. ET). "The Voice" will then air Tuesday, May 3 (9-11 p.m. ET) then moves to its regular time period of Tuesdays (8 p.m. ET) beginning May 10.

Much like today's music stars, the artists/contestants are encouraged to interact with viewers via social media to build a fan base. The fans will have an important role in the live performance shows, as they will have the opportunity to vote to save their favorites on each coach's team. In the finals, each coach will have one artist/contestant left to represent them and that artist's fate will be in the viewer's hands. One of the four finalists will be named "The Voice" -- and will receive the grand prize of a recording contract with Universal Music Group and $100,000.

The first 12 team contestants - and their assigned musician coaches, music style (if applicable), home towns, Twitter and Facebook handles and contestant blogs - follow:

Team Christina Aguilera (@TheRealXtina)

•Beverly McClellan - Pop

Gate City, Va.

@beverlyshane

http://www.facebook.com/BeverlyMcClellanTheVoice

http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/beverly-mcclellan/

•Frenchie Davis - R&B

Washington, D.C

@FrenchieDavis

http://www.facebook.com/FrenchieDavisTheVoice

http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/frenchie-davis/

•Tarralyn Ramsey  R&B/soul

Melbourne, Fla.

@tarralyn

http://www.facebook.com/TarralynRamseyTheVoice

http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/tarralyn-ramsey/

Team Cee Lo Green (@CeeLoGreen)

•Kelsey Rey - blues/pop

Vero Beach, Fla.

@KelseyReyxx0x

http://www.facebook.com/KelseyReyTheVoice

http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/kelsey-rey/

•Tje Austin - R&B

Sweetwater, Texas

@TjeAustinMusic

http://www.facebook.com/TjeAustinTheVoice

http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/tje-austin/

•Vicci Martinez - soul/blues

Seattle

@viccimartinez

http://www.facebook.com/VicciMartinezTheVoice

http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/vicci-martinez/

Team Adam Levine (@adamlevine)

•Javier Colon - pop/soul

Stratford, Conn.

@JavsTwtr

http://www.facebook.com/JavierColonTheVoice

http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/javier-colon/

•Jeff Jenkins - pop country

Freeport, Texas

@JeffJenkins88

http://www.facebook.com/JeffJenkinsTheVoice

http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/jeff-jenkins/

•Rebecca Loebe - indie

Atlanta

@RebeccaLoebe

http://www.facebook.com/RebeccaLoebeTheVoice

http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/rebecca-loebe/

Team Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton)

•Elenowen (Nicole Johnson and Josh Johnson) - indie music

Nashville, Tenn.

@elenowen

http://www.facebook.com/ElenowenTheVoice

http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/elenowen/

•Patrick Thomas - country

Dallas

@ApatrickThomas

http://www.facebook.com/PatrickThomasTheVoice

http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/patrick-thomas/

•Xenia - jazzy R&B

Temecula Calif.

@x3nia17

http://www.facebook.com/XeniaTheVoice

http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/xenia/

Last night's debut of "The Voice" scored the highest adult 18-49 rating for any series premiere on ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox since "Undercover Boss" debuted following the Super Bowl on Feb. 7, 2010. With a 5.1 rating, 13 share in adults 18-49 and 11.8 million viewers overall in preliminary "fast affiliate" ratings from Nielsen Media Research, "The Voice" scored the No. 1 rating of the night in adults 18-49 and prevailed head to head versus Fox's "Glee" and ABC's "Dancing With the Stars." Excluding sports, the 5.1 rating is NBC's highest in the time period since May 12, 2009.

For contestant blogs, embeddable clips and full episodes of "The Voice," visit NBC.com's official show site:http://www.nbc.com/TheVoice.

Follow the show on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NBCTheVoice and on Twitter at @NBCTheVoice and #TheVoice.

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