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:
Christina Aguilera (@TheRealXtina)
•Beverly McClellan - Pop
Gate City, Va.
•Frenchie Davis - R&B
•Tarralyn Ramsey R&B/soul
Cee Lo Green (@CeeLoGreen)
•Kelsey Rey - blues/pop
Vero Beach, Fla.
•Tje Austin - R&B
•Vicci Martinez - soul/blues
Adam Levine (@adamlevine)
•Javier Colon - pop/soul
•Jeff Jenkins - pop country
•Rebecca Loebe - indie
Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton)
•Elenowen (Nicole Johnson and Josh Johnson) - indie music
•Patrick Thomas - country
•Xenia - jazzy R&B
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.
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.