The Voice is an American reality television singing competition broadcast on NBC. Based on the original The Voice of Holland, the concept of the series is to find new singing talent contested by aspiring singers, aged 15 or over, drawn from public auditions. The winner is determined by viewers by voting through telephone, Internet, SMS text, and iTunes Store purchases of artists’ performances; they receive US$100,000 and a record deal with Universal Music Group. There have been four winners of the show to date: Javier Colon, Jermaine Paul, Cassadee Pope, and Danielle Bradbery.
The Voice began airing on April 26, 2011, as a spring TV season program. The show proved to be a hit for NBC and was subsequently expanded into the fall cycle when the third season premiered on September 10, 2012. The series employs a panel of four coaches who critique the artists’ performances. Each coach guides their teams of selected artists through the remainder of the season. They also compete to ensure that their act wins the competition, thus making them the winning coach. The original and current judging panel consists of Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton. Shakira and Usher replaced Aguilera and Green during the fourth season, and are expected to return for the sixth season. The series is hosted by Carson Daly, with Christina Milian serving as a social media correspondent.