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The Voice USA
About "The Voice" returns with the strongest vocalists from across the country invited to compete in the blockbuster vocal competition show's fourth season. Celebrity musician coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton return along with new coaches, Usher and Shakira, while Carson Daly continues to serve as host and Christina Milian as social media correspondent.
The show's innovative format features four stages of competition: The first begins with the blind auditions, then the battle rounds, the knockouts and finally, the live performance shows.
During the blind auditions, the decisions from the musician coaches are based solely on voice and not on looks. The coaches hear the artists perform, but they don't get to see them - thanks to rotating chairs. If a coach is impressed by the artist's voice, he/she pushes a button to select the artist for his/her team. At this point, the coach's chair will swivel so that he/she can face the artist he/she has selected. If more than one coach pushes his/…Read more +
"The Voice" returns with the strongest vocalists from across the country invited to compete in the blockbuster vocal competition show's fourth season. Celebrity musician coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton return along with new coaches, Usher and Shakira, while Carson Daly continues to serve as host and Christina Milian as social media correspondent.
The show's innovative format features four stages of competition: The first begins with the blind auditions, then the battle rounds, the knockouts and finally, the live performance shows.
During the blind auditions, the decisions from the musician coaches are based solely on voice and not on looks. The coaches hear the artists perform, but they don't get to see them - thanks to rotating chairs. If a coach is impressed by the artist's voice, he/she pushes a button to select the artist for his/her team. At this point, the coach's chair will swivel so that he/she can face the artist he/she has selected. If more than one coach pushes his/her button, the power then shifts to the artists to choose which coach they want to work with. If no coach pushes his/her button, the artist is eliminated from the competition.
Once the teams are set, the battle is on. Coaches will dedicate themselves to developing their teams of artists, giving them advice and sharing the secrets of their success, along with help from their celebrity advisers. 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 battle, the coach must choose which of his/her singers will advance to the next round of competition, while the losing artist is available to be stolen by another coach. Each coach has two steals available during the battle rounds.
At the end of the battles, only the strongest members of each coach's roster remain and proceed to the knockout rounds. The artists will be paired again with a member of their own teams, but this time, they find out with whom they are competing only minutes before performing. The artists each select their own songs to perform individually, while their direct competitor watches and waits. They are vying for their coach's confidence and decision to take them to the live shows. Their coach will choose the winner, and the artist not selected will be sent home.
In the final live performance phase of the competition, the top artists from each team will compete each week against each other during a live broadcast. The television audience will vote to save their favorite artists, and the two artists with the lowest number of votes will be sent home each week. In the end, one will be named "The Voice" and will receive the grand prize of a recording contract.
"The Voice" is a presentation of Mark Burnett's One Three Inc., Talpa Media USA Inc. and Warner Horizon Television. The series is created by John de Mol, who executive-produces along with Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Stijn Bakkers and Lee Metzger.
Let It Shine
About Let It Shine
How the show works
Let It Shine will run for eight weeks from Saturday 7th January to Saturday 25th February 2017 on BBC One. Let It Shine is a new UK wide BBC talent search to find 5 contestants to join the cast of a brand new stage show. They will play the role of a boyband in a new nationwide touring musical that features the music of Take That. Thousands applied, and from discussions between the TV show Producers, vocal coaches and choreographers, a selection of contestants were invited to audition for the chance to win a place in the stage show.
The initial selection criteria was based on vocals, choreography and charisma/personality. Let It Shine will be hosted by Graham Norton and Mel Giedroyc. There are three judges who will appear in every show: Gary Barlow, Dannii Minogue, and Martin Kemp. There is also a fourth guest judge position. For the first four audition shows Amber Riley will be the guest judge. There will be further announcements around the remaining guest judges for the rest of the series in due course.
The Let It Shine starway!
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The stage show is called “The Band”. The winning 5 contestants will play the part of a pop group in the musical, which features the music of Take That. They do not need to look or sound like the original members of Take That. However they must display the charisma, talent, energy, collective appeal and complementary skills, and have the stamina to play the part of a boyband in a professional touring production in 2017. The stage producers are David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers Limited.
Let It Shine has three parts of contest. The details of these parts are outlined below.
Part One: Auditions Shows 1-4 (pre-recorded)
In each audition show each contestant will perform individually in front of the judges Gary Barlow, Dannii Minogue, Martin Kemp, and Amber Riley. Each contestant will sing one song. During this performance the contestant can choose to showcase any relevant skills to try to impress the judges – these could include singing, dancing or playing an instrument, or a combination of them all. After their performance each judge will award a score out of 5, without conferring. The judges will award their scores individually. At the point of deciding their scores each judge will not know how the other judges have scored. The scores will then be added together and the total score is revealed simultaneously to the contestant, judges and the studio audience. The contestant needs 15 or more stars to proceed to the next stage of the contest. The maximum score possible is 20 stars. Between the judges and the contestant lies the Let It Shine ‘starway’. Each point awarded by the judges is revealed on the ‘starway’ as one illuminated star. The boy stands on the 15th star. After the judges have scored, the stars are revealed. If the total score is 15 or more, the star they are standing on lights up (along with any additional stars) and they will go through to the next stage of part one – the Dance Assessment. The judges’ individual scores will be revealed after the total score for each contestant has been revealed.
Assessment featuring all the contestants put through by the judges from the audition stage. At the Dance Assessment the contestants are required to learn and perform a short choreographed routine. The judges (not including Amber Riley who had completed her role as guest judge) watch all the performances, deliberate together and then unanimously choose 40 boys to go through to Part 2 of the contest – the remaining boys who got through Part 1 become reserve contestants. 40 contestants in total will take their place in Show 5 (Part 2 of the contest).
Details of Shows 5-8 will be revealed nearer the time.
Singer. Songwriter. Judge. Is there anything the talented Mr Barlow can’t do?
Gary Barlow is one of the UK’s most successful songwriters and performers. As a member of Take That and as an established solo artist, Gary has had a grand total of 16 Number 1 singles. He has sold in excess of 50 million records, and won the Ivor Novello Award six times.
I want someone to shock me. I want someone I haven’t even thought of – and that’s the exciting thing
In 2012, Gary joined forces with Andrew Lloyd Webber to write the song “Sing” to commemorate Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. It was performed outside Buckingham Palace as part of a special Diamond Jubilee Concert, and soared straight to Number 1.
As if his schedule weren’t jam-packed enough, he’s also found time to write not one but TWO hit musicals. He wrote the original score for Finding Neverland, the story of Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie which played on Broadway. He also co-wrote The Girls, a Calendar Girls-inspired musical which will be hitting the West End in 2017. Topping off his musical theatre hat trick, the stage show that our Let It Shine winners are set to star in has been co-written by Gary himself.
Gary is no stranger to singing competitions. In 1986, when he was just fifteen, he entered a BBC Pebble Mill at One Christmas song competition with “Let’s Pray for Christmas,” reaching the semi-finals.
Now singer turned Judge, Gary knows what he’s looking for on Let It Shine, but says that most of all, “I want someone to shock me. I want someone I haven’t even thought of – and that’s the exciting thing.”
Will Gary find the talent he’s searching for? We’ll just have to have a little patience…
Bringing a touch of Glee to the panel
Let It Shine’s very own dream girl Amber Riley will be adding a touch of glee to the judging panel as she joins the fun for the first four shows of the series.
It’s about being able to move, it’s about personality, it’s about being able to get along with others
Amber’s set to bring to Let It Shine, her extensive experience of performing, having starred as Mercedes Jones in the hit American musical drama Glee.
She also won the American remake of Strictly Come Dancing, Dancing With The Stars, so she knows what it takes to be an all-rounder, and that’s exactly what she’s looking for on Let It Shine. “A big voice isn’t the only thing we’re after,” she tells us. “It’s about being able to move, it’s about personality, it’s about being able to get along with others.” It’s clear Amber means business when it comes to finding talent – so what will it take for her to give our hopefuls the green light?
Importantly Amber’s experience also extends to musical theatre, both onscreen and onstage. In 2015, she played the part of Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North, in NBC’s The Wiz Live! In 2016, Amber took to the stage once again for the first ever London production of Dreamgirls playing the lead role of Effie White in the Tony and Oscar winning musical.
When it comes to auditions, Amber has very fond memories of her audition for Glee. “I didn’t really know what I was auditioning for, and then it turned out to be one of the greatest experiences of my life, if not the greatest experience of my life.”
We hope that in years to come, our contestants say the same thing! Bring on the boys!
The pop princess is back to find a new star sensation
Dannii has a keen eye for talent, having appeared as a judge on a whopping SIX series of Australia Got Talent, four series of The X Factor UK, and three series of The X Factor in her home country. But she can’t wait to cast that eye across our Let It Shine wannabes and get immersed in the British music scene again.
What I love about this show is that everyone’s coming in with different talents
The singer, actress and television personality first appeared on British screens in 1989, playing the part of Emma Jackson in the Australian soap Home and Away. One year later, she released her debut album ‘Dannii,’ and has gone on to achieve a grand total of eight Top 10 singles.
Dannii’s first foray into musical theatre was the box office-breaking Grease: The Arena Spectacular in Australia. She played the part of Rizzo, and following a hugely successful run on her home turf, the show transferred to New Zealand, where its success went from strength to strength. Dannii’s also appeared in our own West End, starring in Notre-Dame de Paris at London’s Dominion Theatre, an audition she describes as both memorable and scary. “It’s a 2000-seat theatre, and I was just on the stage on my own in front of the producers – but you’ve got to block all of that out, you’ve got to get over it, just be in your own bubble and bring people towards you.” Let’s hope our Let It Shine hopefuls can do likewise!
So what’s Dannii looking for on the show, and will she be able to find it? “What I love about this show is that everyone’s coming in with different talents: singing, dancing, it’s all about how to put them all together and round it out so that each one is a star.” That winning combination’s out there, and it’s up to Ms Minogue to find it!
From the East End... to the West End!
One fifth of Spandau Ballet, a Kray brother and an EastEnder, it’s safe to say that Martin Kemp knows a thing or two about the world of entertainment.
There’s one thing that it will take that they don’t know yet, and it’s perseverance
Spandau Ballet was one of the UK’s biggest bands in the 1980s, selling over 25 million albums and achieving ten Top 10 singles in their 11-year run. After the band went their separate ways Martin pursued an acting career, taking on the lead role of Reggie Kray in the movie The Krays, before spending four years in the nation’s living rooms playing Steve Owen on EastEnders.
It’s safe to say he’s been there, done that… and yet he’s somehow found time in his schedule to fit in some musical theatre! In 2015, Martin took on the role of the Childcatcher in a nationwide tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and more recently he played the role of Sam Phillips, the man who discovered Elvis, in the London leg of Million Dollar Quartet.
So how does he feel about being part of Let It Shine’s dazzling line-up of judges? The star claims he’s looking to pass on his experience to the contestants, but he knows there’ll be plenty of challenges ahead. “There’s one thing that it will take that they don’t know yet, and it’s perseverance.”
As our hopefuls line up to audition, what’s Martin on the lookout for? One word – Charisma. “Charisma is something we don’t really understand, we don’t know what it is,” he explains, “but when somebody walks into a room, we know we can’t take our eyes off them.”
Our eyes will certainly be glued to BBC One as a whole host of talented boys vie for a spot on the show, and of course, for Mr Kemp’s dynamic judging debut!
Explaining the Let It Shine Starway - Let It Shine - BBC One
Gary Barlow needs you - Let it Shine - BBC
The X Factor Australia 2013
Who has The X Factor?
The search for Australia’s newest singing sensation is back in 2013 with more incredible talent and a hot new judging panel.
Created by the world’s most powerful media identity, Simon Cowell - The X Factor is one of the hottest TV franchises around the globe.
Fresh from winning the 2013 Logie Award for ‘Most Outstanding Light Entertainment’, The X Factor returns with two new judges – Dannii Minogue and LMFAO’s Redfoo. They’ll be joining Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Ronan Keating on the judging panel, with Luke Jacobz as host.
Last year, The X Factor discovered 26-year-old Samantha Jade who has gone onto perform sell out shows, hit singles and a debut album. And launched the career of Australian performers like The Collective, Jason Owen, Reece Mastin and Johnny Ruffo.
The X Factor is open to singers 14 years and over – either solo performers or groups. Once through to the final audition process, the four judges will take on mentoring roles as the performers are split into categories - Boys under 24, Girls under 24, the over 24s and Groups.
The ultimate winner will be rewarded with a recording contract with Sony Music Australia.
The four judges all work together at this stage of the competition. An act must receive at least three ‘yes’s’ in order to make it through to the next stage of the competition – Boot Camp.
At Boot Camp, the judges will work together to put the contestants through their paces. The contestants who received at least three ‘yes’s’ will be put through a series of challenges to see if they can take on different song genres and if they have the enigmatic ‘X Factor.’ The judges will select their most promising contestants from each of their four categories to take to the next stage of the competition - Judge’s Home Visits.
JUDGE’S HOME VISITS
At the Judge’s Home Visits stage, the contestants will discover which judge will be mentoring them. While away, the judge will get the help of some celebrity friends who will help them pick their three favourite acts to represent them in the live studio shows.
LIVE STUDIO SHOWS
The live shows begin with one night of performances and the second night of eliminations. After watching their performance in the live show the public will vote for their favourite act to stay in the competition. In the results show, the two acts with the lowest public vote will sing once again for the judges and the judges will vote on who they think deserve to stay in the competition and who should go home.
The judges are very hands on with their acts. It is up to the judges to help their contestants select the right song, bring stylists in, choreographers and undertake vocal workshops.
The X Factor Australia 2013 Promo: World's Biggest Stars
The X Factor Australia 2013 Promo: World's Biggest Stars 2
Sing it On Season 2
A cappella is everywhere right now, with music fans gaga over pop-culture powerhouse Pentatonix, the premiere of Pitch Perfect 2 and jaw-dropping viral video after jaw-dropping viral video. Now you can get a real-life look at the hard work, talent and strategy required to succeed on the competitive a cappella circuit with Pop’s Sing It On. Executive produced by Oscar- and Grammy-winning artist John Legend, this documentary-style reality series follows singing groups around the country as they juggle academics, rehearsals and relationships while vying for a spot at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. The lessons. The journey. The win. The real-life Pitch Perfect.
‘Sing It On’ Features ‘The Real Deal’ of A Cappella in Season 2
About The Voice SA
The Voice is the ultimate talent contest. A show in which the absolute key factor is talent. Real talent. There's no room for fly by nights or wannabe stars. Only the very best of the best will do; the best voice combined with the best mentality, that's what the show is all about. The Voice South Africa centres on the search for the nation's new big star. The search for that one person with that special something, a real first class act with the ability to stick around and deliver their very own unique sound.
Four extremely famous national performing artists personally select their own candidates during the exciting auditions. Throughout these selections quality is the key word, because right from the get go the standard will be high. Extremely high. An extensive search will ensure that only the cream of the singing crop makes it through to the actual auditions.
The show kicks straight off with the spectacular auditions, in which no expense is spared. Forget the usual empty room that forms the backdrop for most selections, on this show the setting is an impressive huge theatre or studio with a big audience and live band!
The auditions start with a unique selection method: The Blind Auditions. As the name suggests, the candidates cannot be seen, they can only be heard. Our four top performing artists and coaches will therefore only be able to go on the candidates' voice quality and technique, without being distracted or influenced by their appearance. Because as the title says, we're looking for The Voice… not The Looks.
During these first auditions, the four coaches are seated on chairs that automatically turn away from the candidate before he or she enters the venue to sing. If the coaches are impressed with someone's voice, they can press their “I Want You” button during the audition. If they press the button, their chair automatically spins round to face the stage. And that is when the artists see the candidate for the very first time! What will they think of what they see...?
Naturally the coaches are allowed to give their uncensored opinion about the candidate's looks, style and performance, but once they've pressed that button, there's no way back!
In the end, all the final candidates will be coached by one of the top performing artists, who will closely collaborate with a team of professionals. Their years of experience in the business has made them aware of the fact that a career in music is built on more than talent alone. Hard work, discipline and the drive to constantly better yourself are just a few of the necessary elements to really make it to the top in the music industry.
After the Blind Auditions, the 'Battle Rounds' follow where each coach pairs two of his/her team members to perform together, then chooses one to advance to the Live Finale rounds.
And the performing artists don't just coach their talents; they sometimes actually get up on stage with them during the LIVE shows, to perform together!
It's a long road to the final, and therefore the singers are coached by the professional team every step of the way. And once they've made it to the final, we will at last find out which one of them possesses the ultimate combination of talent, vocal ability and character to really make it big.
The Voice South Africa: The Voice SA is coming