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[05/04/11 - 10:35 AM]
NBC Reveals Final 20 of 32 Selected Team Contestants Who Will Compete in "The Voice," New Hit Vocal Competition Series
Plus: NBC spins the numbers for Tuesday, May 3.

[via press release from NBC]

NBC REVEALS FINAL 20 OF 32 SELECTED TEAM CONTESTANTS WHO WILL COMPETE IN "THE VOICE," NEW HIT VOCAL COMPETITION SERIES

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - May 4, 2011 - NBC named the final 20 of its 32 selected team contestants who will move onto the next round of the new vocal competition series "The Voice" featuring its four musician coaches -- Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.

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 full list of 32 contestants (including the first 12 named last week) can be found on www.nbc.com/the-voice .

The last 20 team contestants - and their assigned musician coaches, home towns, music style (if applicable) and Twitter handles on NBC.com - follow:

TEAM CHRISTINA AGUILERA

Cherie Oakley, Evansville, Ind., country, http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/cherie-oakley/

Julia Eason, Palos Verdes, Calif., pop, http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/julia-eason/

Justin Grennan, Enumclaw, Wash., R&B, http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/justin-grennan

Raquel Castro, Long Island, N.Y., pop, http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/raquel-castro/

Lily Elise, San Anselmo, Calif., R&B/pop, http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/lily-elise/

TEAM CEE LO GREEN

Curtis Grimes, Gilmer, Texas, country, http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/curtis-grimes/

Emily Valentine, Los Angeles, Calif., rock, http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/emily-valentine/

Nakia, Austin, Texas, blues, http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/nakia/

Niki Dawson, Jacksonville, Fla., pop, http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/niki-dawson/

Tori & Taylor Thompson, Santa Maria, Calif., country, http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/tori-and-taylor/

TEAM ADAM LEVINE

Angela Wolff, Nashville, Tenn., rock, http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/angela-wolff/

Casey Desmond, Weymouth, Mass., glam rock, http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/casey-desmond/

Casey Weston, Naples, Fla., country, http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/casey-weston/

Devon Barley, Mattapoisett, Mass., pop, http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/devon-barley/

Tim Mahoney, Minneapolis, Minn., pop, http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/tim-mahoney/

TEAM BLAKE SHELTON

Dia Frampton, St. George, Utah, indie, http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/dia-frampton/Jared

Blake, Star City, Ark., rock, http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/jared-blake/

Sara Oromchi, San Jose, Calif., pop, http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/sara-oromochi/

SeraBee, Kiln, Miss., http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/serabee/

Tyler Robinson, Caldwell, Idaho, pop, http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/tyler-robinson/

Last night's telecast of "The Voice" scored a 5.6 rating, 14 share in adults 18-49 and attracted 12.4 million viewers overall according to preliminary "fast affiliate" results from Nielsen Media Research. Last night's figures represent growth over the prior week's premiere results of 10 percent in adults 18-49 (with a 5.6 rating vs. a 5.1) and 5 percent in total viewers (12.377 million vs. 11.775 million). "The Voice" is the first new series on ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox this season to grow from week one to week two in 18-49 rating or total viewers (excludes the strip series "Million Dollar Money Drop" and the special preview of "Perfect Couples"). Excluding sports, the 5.6 rating is NBC's highest in the time period since November 29, 2005 (7.1 for the second hour of the "Biggest Loser" finale and "SVU"). In total viewers, it's NBC's top non-sports result in the time period since September 1, 2009 (12.8 million for "America's Got Talent").

"The Voice" will be broadcast from 10-11 p.m. (ET) each Tuesday night on May 10, May 17 and May 24 following new episodes of "The Biggest Loser" (Tuesdays, 8-10 p.m. ET).

"The Voice" is a vocal competition series modeled after Holland's top-rated vocal talent discovery show, "The Voice of Holland." Hosted by Carson Daly, the show features four musician coaches, Aguilera, Green, Levine and Shelton, who will coach only the most talented vocalists.

NBC recently revealed that it will add more star-power to its new vocal competition series "The Voice" with singers Reba, Monica, Sia (Furler) and music producer Adam Blackstone joining the series as new advisers who will lend their experience and talents to musician coaches Aguilera, Green, Levine and Shelton.

Aguilera (@therealxtina) will team up with singer/songwriter Sia (@Siamusic), Levine (@adamlevine) with Blackstone (@bassicblack), Green (@CeeLoGreen) with singer Monica (@MonicaMyLife), and Shelton (@blakeshelton)with veteran singer Reba (@Reba) -- eventually pitting two of their own team members against each other in a dueling duet.

Each of the musician coaches picked their closest advisers to help them at the next "battles" stage of the competition.

The show's innovative format features three stages of competition: the first begins with the blind audition, then the competition enters into a battle phase, and finally, the live performance shows. The show's casting team is working with the music industry for the best singers to bring to the blind audition process. During the blind auditions, the decisions from the coaches are based solely on voice and not on looks. The coaches hear the contestants perform, but they don't get to see them -- thanks to rotating chairs. If a coach is impressed by the contestant's voice, he/she pushes a button to select the contestant for his/her team. At this point, the coach's chair will swivel so that he/she can face the contestant he/she has selected.

Once the teams are set, the battle is on. Coaches will dedicate themselves to developing their singers, giving them advice, and sharing the secrets of their success. During the battle rounds the coaches will pit two of their own team members against each other to sing the same song together in front of a studio audience. After the vocal face-off, the coach must choose which of his/her singers will advance.

At the end of the battle episodes, only the strongest members of each coach's roster remain and proceed to the live stage shows. In this final performance phase of the competition, the top contestants from each team will compete against each other during a live broadcast. The television audience will vote to save one talent on each team, leaving the coach to decide live who they want to save and who will not move on. From these four, one will be named "The Voice" -- and will receive the grand prize of a recording contract and $100,000.

"The Voice" is a presentation of Mark Burnett's One Three Inc., Talpa Content USA, Inc. and Warner Horizon Television. The series is created by John de Mol, who will executive-produce along with Burnett, Audrey Morrissey and Stijn Bakkers.

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

Please follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NBCTheVoice and on twitter at @NBCTheVoice and #TheVoice.

NBC'S 'THE VOICE' GROWS IN ITS SECOND WEEK IN ADULTS 18-49 AND TOTAL VIEWERS

'THE VOICE' GAINS 10 PERCENT IN ADULTS 18-49 AND 5 PERCENT IN TOTAL VIEWERS VERSUS LAST WEEK'S STRONG DEBUT

'THE VOICE' IS THE FIRST NEW SERIES THIS SEASON ON ABC, CBS, NBC OR FOX TO GROW FROM WEEK ONE TO WEEK TWO IN 18-49 RATING OR TOTAL VIEWERS

'THE VOICE' IS THE #1 SHOW OF THE NIGHT IN ADULTS 18-49, WINNING ITS TWO-HOUR TIME PERIOD IN ALL KEY DEMOGRAPHICS

NBC WINS TUESDAY NIGHT IN ADULTS 18-49 AND OTHER KEY DEMOGRAPHICS WITH ITS TOP TUESDAY AVERAGES OF THE SEASON WITH ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMING

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - May 4, 2011 - Last night, NBC's" The Voice" grew in its second week in both adults 18-49 and total viewers from its strong premiere numbers of a week earlier, making it the first new primetime series on ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox this season to increase from its first week to its second, according to "fast affiliate-based" "live plus same day" viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research.

Last night from 9-11 p.m. ET, week two of "The Voice" (5.6 rating, 14 share in adults 18-49, 12.4 million viewers overall) grew in its second week by 10 percent in adults 18-49 (to a 5.6 rating from a 5.1) and by 5 percent in total viewers (12.4 million vs. 11.8 million). This makes "The Voice" the first new series this season on ABC, NBC, CBS or Fox to grow from week one to week two in 18-49 rating or in total viewers. Last week's 5.1 rating for the debut of "The Voice" had been the highest rating for any series premiere on those networks in more than a year - since CBS's "Undercover Boss" debuted following the Super Bowl on February 7, 2010.

"The Voice" was the #1 show of the night in adults 18-49, topping such primetime rivals as "Glee," "NCIS," "Dancing With The Stars" and all other primetime programming on ABC, CBS or Fox.

"The Voice" won its two-hour time period in all key demographics - adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 -- as well as teens 12-17.

Last night's telecast of "The Voice" marks NBC's highest-rated entertainment series telecast since the season finale of "ER" on April 2, 2009 (a 6.0 from 9-11 p.m.). Excluding sports, the 5.6 rating is NBC's highest in the time period since November 29, 2005 (a 7.1 for the second hour of "The Biggest Loser" finale and "SVU"). In total viewers, it's NBC's biggest overall audience in the time period, excluding sports, since September 1, 2009 (12.8 million for "America's Got Talent").

Versus NBC's season average for the time period prior to the debut of "The Voice," last night's telecast was up 107 percent in adults 18-49 (with a 5.6 rating vs. a 2.7, live plus same day) and 68 percent in total viewers (12.377 million vs. 7.347 million).

Last night from 8-9 p.m. ET, "The Biggest Loser: Couples" (2.6/8 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall) matched its highest 18-49 results in the 8-9 p.m. hour in six weeks (since March 22). From its first half-hour to its second, "Loser" gained 17 percent in 18-49 rating (to a 2.9 from a 2.4) and 14 percent in total viewers (7.8 million vs. 6.9 million).

NBC ranked #1 for the night among ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and CW in adults 18-49 and all other key demographics, with the network's highest Tuesday averages of the season with entertainment programming in adults 18-49 (4.6/12), total viewers (10.7 million) and other key measures.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for Tuesday night are: NBC, 4.6/12; CBS, 2.9/8; Fox, 2.6/7; ABC, 2.2/6; CW, 0.5/1. In overall total viewers, May 3 preliminary results are: CBS, 14.5 million; ABC, 11.8 million; NBC, 10.7 million; Fox, 6.3 million; CW, 1.1 million.

Note that all national ratings are "live plus same day" unless otherwise indicated.





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