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The Voice
Season 1
Broadcast fromApril 26, 2011 (2011-04-26) – June 29, 2011 (2011-06-29)
JudgesChristina Aguilera
Cee Lo Green
Adam Levine
Blake Shelton
Host(s)Carson Daly
Alison Haislip (Social Media correspondent)
Javier Colon
OriginStratford, Connecticut
Song"Stitch by Stitch"
Genre(s)R&B, neo-soul, soul, acoustic
Dia Frampton
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The Voice
Season 1
Broadcast fromApril 26, 2011 (2011-04-26) – June 29, 2011 (2011-06-29)
JudgesChristina Aguilera
Cee Lo Green
Adam Levine
Blake Shelton
Host(s)Carson Daly
Alison Haislip (Social Media correspondent)
Javier Colon
OriginStratford, Connecticut
Song"Stitch by Stitch"
Genre(s)R&B, neo-soul, soul, acoustic
Dia Frampton

The Voice is an American reality talent show. The series is part of the The Voice franchise and is based on a similar competition format in the Netherlands, The Voice of Holland. The show is hosted by Carson Daly, with Alison Haislip serving as the backstage and social networking correspondent. The winner receives $100,000 and a record deal with Universal Republic Records. Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Maroon 5 lead vocalist Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are the coaches. Each team of singers are mentored and developed by their coach. In the second stage, coaches have two of their team members battle against each other by singing the same song, with the coach choosing which team member to advance. In the final phase, the remaining contestants compete against each other in live broadcasts. The television audience helps to decide who advances. When one remains for each coach, the four contestants compete against each other in the finale.

The American series premiered on April 26, 2011 on the NBC television network.[1] The winner of the first season was Javier Colon, mentored by coach Adam Levine, the finale airing on June 29, 2011. It immediately proved to be a hit for NBC and the network renewed the show for a second season.[2][3]


The Coaches of The Voice (U.S.)
Christina Aguilera
Cee Lo Green
Adam Levine
Blake Shelton

The series consists of three phases: a blind audition, a battle phase and live performance shows. Four coaches, all famous musicians, choose teams of contestants through a blind audition process. Each coach has the length of the auditioner's performance (about one minute) to decide if he or she wants that singer on his or her team; if two or more coaches want the same singer (as happened with all but one singer in the premiere episode), then the singer gets to choose their coach. In the final 32 (live shows), Aguilera, Green, Levine and Shelton were joined by Sia Furler, Monica, music producer Adam Blackstone and Reba McEntire.[4]


Contestant auditions were held in eight cities across the United States between mid-January and mid-February 2011: Chicago, New York, Miami, Nashville, Minneapolis, Austin, Los Angeles, and Seattle.[5] Contestants were also allowed to submit an online applications, which ended on March 1, 2011.[6][7] For the online auditions, contestants were required to sing one of ten preselected songs.[7]

Contestants on The Voice as revealed by airing of promotional advertisements or shows were Javier Colon,[8] Frenchie Davis,[9] Nakia,[10] Lukas Rossi,[11] Cherie Oakley, and Dia Frampton.[8]

Coaches, host, and social media correspondent[edit]

In late February 2011, NBC began announcements of the coaches for the series. First to sign on were Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine (frontman for Maroon 5).[12] Christina Aguilera came on board in early March 2011.[13] Blake Shelton was added as the final coach on March 7, 2011.[14]

Carson Daly was announced as the show's first host.[15] Alison Haislip was announced as the show's "backstage online and social media correspondent" during the live shows.[16]


Color key
     Third/Fourth place
     Eliminated in the Live shows
     Eliminated in the Battles
Adam Levine
Javier ColonCasey WestonDevon BarleyJeff Jenkins
Angela WolffCasey DesmondRebecca LoebeTim Mahoney
Blake Shelton
Dia FramptonXeniaJared BlakePatrick Thomas
ElenowenSara OromchiSerabeeTyler Robinson
Cee Lo Green
Vicci MartinezNakiaCurtis GrimesThe Thompson Sisters
Emily ValentineKelsey ReyNiki DawsonTje Austin
Christina Aguilera
Beverly McClellanFrenchie DavisLily EliseRaquel Castro
Cherie OakleyJulia EasonJustin GrennanTarralyn Rasmsey

Blind auditions[edit]

Color key
  Coach hit his/her "I WANT YOU" button
    Artist defaulted to this coach's team
    Artist elected to join this coach's team
    Artist eliminated with no coach pressing his or her "I WANT YOU" button

Episode 1 (April 26)[edit]

The first of two Blind Audition taped episodes was broadcast on April 26, 2011. The coaches performed coach Cee Lo's song, "Crazy" at the start of the show.[17]

OrderArtistAgeHometownSongCoach's and contestant's choices[18]
AdamCee LoChristinaBlake
1Tarralyn Ramsey31Jacksonville, Florida"Breathe"
2Patrick Thomas20Nashville, Tennessee"Live Like You Were Dying"
3Jared Blake32Star City, Arkansas"Good Girls Go Bad"
4Vicci Martinez26Tacoma, Washington"Rolling in the Deep"
5Sonia Rao24Freehold Township, New Jersey"If I Ain't Got You"
6Elenowen (Josh & Nicole Johnson)N/ANashville, Tennessee"Falling Slowly"
7Frenchie Davis31Los Angeles, California"I Kissed a Girl"
8Kelsey Rey20Sebastian, Florida"American Boy"
9Jeff Jenkins22Jones Creek, Texas"Bless the Broken Road"
10Rebecca Loebe27Atlanta, Georgia"Come as You Are"
11Joann Rizzo56Freehold Township, New Jersey"I Say a Little Prayer"
12Xenia16Temecula, California"Breakeven"
13Tje Austin27Austin, Texas"Just the Way You Are"
14Javier Colon33Stratford, Connecticut"Time After Time"
15Beverly McClellan41Fort Lauderdale, Florida"Piece of My Heart"

Episode 2 (May 3)[edit]

The second and final episode of the Blind Audition rounds was broadcast on May 3, 2011.

OrderArtistAgeHometownSongCoach's and aritst's choices[19]
AdamCee LoChristinaBlake
1Cherie Oakley29Nashville, Tennessee"Gunpowder & Lead"
2Devon Barley19Mattapoisett, Massachusetts"I'm Yours"
3Joshua Hand29West Palm Beach, Florida"Paparazzi"
4Raquel Castro16Long Island, New York"Bleeding Love"
5Emily Valentine23Hollywood, California"Sober"
6Niki Dawson19Jacksonville, Florida"Teenage Dream"
7Sara Oromchi18San Jose, California"Imagine"
8Tim Mahoney39Minneapolis, Minnesota"Bring It On Home to Me"
9Julia Eason18Palos Verdes, California"Mercy"
10Angela Wolff25Metter, Georgia"The House That Built Me"
11Tyler Robinson20Folsom, California"Hey, Soul Sister"
12Nakia36Austin, Texas"Forget You"
13Serabee34Mississippi"Son of a Preacher Man"
14Casey Desmond25Boston, Massachusetts"Born This Way"
15Justin GrennanN/AEnumclaw, Washington"Drops of Jupiter"
16Dia Frampton23St. George, Utah"Bubbly"
17Curtis Grimes25Gilmer, Texas"Hillbilly Bone"
18The Thompson Sisters (Tori & Taylor Thompson)17 & 19Santa Maria, California"Stuck Like Glue"

Second chance[edit]

As, by the end of the regular audition round, only Cee Lo Green had completed his full team of eight finalists, with Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton with seven finalists and Adam Levine only six, selected contestants eliminated in previously were given a second chance. The performances in the "second chance round" were as follows (with N/A meaning the coach has already filled his/her Final 8):

OrderArtistAgeHometownSongCoach's and aritst's choices[19]
AdamCee LoChristinaBlake
1Lily Elise20San Anselmo, California"If I Ain't Got You"N/A
2Sonia Rao24Freehold Borough, New Jersey"Chasing Pavements"N/AN/A
3Jared Blake32Star City, Arkansas"Not Ready to Make Nice"N/AN/A
4Casey Weston18Naples, Florida"Stupid Boy"N/AN/AN/A
5Angela Wolff25Metter, Georgia"Rolling in the Deep"N/AN/AN/A

The Battle rounds[edit]

After the Blind Auditions, each coach had eight contestants for the Battle rounds that aired from May 10 to May 31, 2011. Coaches begin narrowing down the playing field by training the contestants with the help of "trusted advisors". Each episode featured four battles consisting of pairings from within each team, and each battle concluding with the respective coach eliminating one of the two contestants; the four winners for each coach advanced to the live shows.

The trusted advisors for these episodes are: Adam Blackstone working with Adam Levine; Reba McEntire working with Blake Shelton; Monica working with Cee Lo Green; and Sia Furler working with Christina Aguilera

Color key
      Artist won the Battle and advances to the Live shows
      Artist lost the Battle and was eliminated
Episode 3
(May 10)
Christina Aguilera1Frenchie Davis"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"Tarralyn Ramsey
Blake Shelton2Patrick Thomas"Burning Love"Tyler Robinson
Adam Levine3Casey Weston"Leather and Lace"Tim Mahoney
Cee Lo Green4Vicci Martinez"Perfect"Niki Dawson
Episode 4
(May 17)
Cee Lo Green1Nakia"Closer"Tje Austin
Blake Shelton2Jared Blake"Ain't No Mountain High Enough"Elenowen
Adam Levine3Javier Colon"Stand By Me"Angela Wolff
Christina Aguilera4Beverly McClellan"Baba O'Riley"Justin Grennan
Episode 5
(May 24)
Christina Aguilera1Raquel Castro"Only Girl (In The World)"Julia Eason
Blake Shelton2Dia Frampton"You Can't Hurry Love"Serabee
Adam Levine3Devon Barley"Creep"Rebecca Loebe
Cee Lo Green4The Thompson Sisters"Unwritten"Kelsey Rey
Episode 6
(May 31)
Adam Levine1Jeff Jenkins"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"Casey Desmond
Blake Shelton2Xenia"I'll Stand by You"Sara Oromchi
Christina Aguilera3Lily Elise"Since U Been Gone"Cherie Oakley
Cee Lo Green4Curtis Grimes"Need You Now"Emily Valentine

Live shows[edit]

Quarterfinals, 1: week 1 (June 7 & 13)[edit]

After the Final 16 were decided, with four finalists for each coach, June 7, 2011 saw the launching of the live shows (EDT) with Team Christina Aguilera and Team Blake Shelton performing.

Public voting across multiple platforms (phone, smartphone app, web, and iTunes Store) commenced at this point, with two candidates eliminated from each participating team in the first two live shows. Voting lines were opened immediately after the broadcast of each live show on Tuesday and stayed open until 10 AM EDT the following Monday (June 13 for week 1).

Color key
      Artist was saved by the public's vote
      Artist was saved by his/her coach
      Artist was eliminated
1Christina AguileraRaquel Castro"Blow"Eliminated
2Blake SheltonJared Blake"Use Somebody"Eliminated
3Christina AguileraBeverly McClellan"I'm the Only One"Public's vote
4Blake SheltonDia Frampton"Heartless"Public's vote
5Blake SheltonXenia"Price Tag"Blake's choice
6Christina AguileraLily Elise"Big Girls Don't Cry"Eliminated
7Blake SheltonPatrick Thomas"I Hope You Dance"Eliminated
8Christina AguileraFrenchie Davis"When Love Takes Over"Christina's choice
Non-competition performances
1The Voice coaches"Bohemian Rhapsody",
"We Will Rock You",
"We Are the Champions"
2Christina Aguilera and her 4 finalists"Lady Marmalade"
3Blake Shelton and his 4 finalists"This Love"

Quarterfinals, 2: week 2 (June 14 & 20)[edit]

On June 14, 2011, Team Adam Levine and Team Cee Lo Green performed.

Voting proceeded as before—following the episode's close and continuing until 10 AM EDT June 20.

Results from week seven
1Cee Lo GreenThe Thompson Sisters"Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"Eliminated
2Adam LevineCasey Weston"Black Horse and the Cherry Tree"Adam's choice
3Cee Lo GreenVicci Martinez"Jolene"Public's vote
4Adam LevineDevon Barley"Stop and Stare"Eliminated
5Cee Lo GreenNakia"Sex on Fire"Cee Lo's choice
6Adam LevineJeff Jenkins"Jesus, Take the Wheel"Eliminated
7Cee Lo GreenCurtis Grimes"Addicted to Love"Eliminated
8Adam LevineJavier Colon"Angel"Public's vote
Non-competition performances
1Cee Lo Green and his 4 finalists"Everyday People"
2Adam Levine and his 4 finalists"With a Little Help from My Friends"

Semifinals: week 3 (June 21 & 22)[edit]

Results from week eight

On June 21, 2011, the final eight performed. Voting proceeded following the episode until 10 AM EDT June 22.

1Christina AguileraFrenchie Davis"Like a Prayer"Eliminated
2Cee Lo GreenNakia"Whataya Want From Me"Eliminated
3Blake SheltonDia Frampton"Losing My Religion"Advanced to Finals
4Adam LevineCasey Weston"I Will Always Love You"Eliminated
5Christina AguileraBeverly McClellan"The Thrill Is Gone"Advanced to Finals
6Adam LevineJavier Colon"Fix You"Advanced to Finals
7Blake SheltonXenia"The Man Who Can't Be Moved"Eliminated
8Cee Lo GreenVicci Martinez"Dog Days Are Over"Advanced to Finals
Non-competition performances
1Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera"Moves Like Jagger"
2Blake Shelton, Dia Frampton and Xenia"Honey Bee"
Semifinal results

On June 22, 2011, the Final Four were announced based on a mix of Public's vote and voting of coaches. Both carried equal weight of 100 points for a total of 200 points. The coaches delivered their points in closed envelopes at the end of the live semi-final round. After counting of the Public's votes and adding the coaches', the Final 4 were: Vicci Martinez, Javier Colon, Dia Frampton, and Beverly McClellan, who moved on to the Final Round on June 28, 2011.

Semifinal results
ArtistTeamCoach pointsPublic pointsTotal pointsResult
Vicci MartinezCee Lo Green4975124Advanced to Finals
NakiaCee Lo Green512576Eliminated
Javier ColonAdam Levine6573138Advanced to Finals
Casey WestonAdam Levine352762Eliminated
Dia FramptonBlake Shelton5056106Advanced to Finals
XeniaBlake Shelton504494Eliminated
Beverly McClellanChristina Aguilera5057107Advanced to Finals
Frenchie DavisChristina Aguilera504393Eliminated
Non-competition performances
1The Final 8"Faith/Freedom! 90" medley
2Cee Lo Green"Bright Lights Bigger City"

Finals: week 4 (June 28 & 29)[edit]

On June 28, 2011, the four finalists each performed an original song and a duet with their coach. Voting proceeded immediately following the episode's close until 10 AM Eastern June 29.

ArtistCoachOrderFirst songOrderSecond songResult[20]
Javier ColonAdam Levine1"Stitch by Stitch"16"Man in the Mirror" (duet with Adam Levine)Winner
Dia FramptonBlake Shelton2"I Won't Back Down" (duet with Blake Shelton)5"Inventing Shadows"2Runner-up
Vicci MartinezCee Lo Green3"Afraid to Sleep"38"Love is a Battlefield" (duet with Cee Lo Green)3rd/4th place
Beverly McClellanChristina Aguilera4"Beautiful" (duet with Christina Aguilera)7"Lovesick"33rd/4th place
  1. ^ a b c d The songs "Stitch by Stitch", "Inventing Shadows", "Afraid to Sleep", and "Lovesick" are all original compositions of Javier Colon, Dia Frampton, Vicci Martinez, and Beverly McClellan respectively.
Non-competition performances
1The Voice Coaches"Under Pressure"
2Pitbull and Ne-Yo"Give Me Everything"
3Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton"Don't Drink the Water"
Finals results

Airing on June 29, after performances and recaps, Daly first declared that the top two were just 2% apart. Then the top two artists were announced: Dia Frampton and Javier Colon. Despite Dia Frampton's original song, "Inventing Shadows", topping the iTunes singles chart, Javier Colon was declared the first season winner of The Voice.

Non-competition performances
1Vicci Martinez and Patrick Monahan"Drops of Jupiter"
2Javier Colon and Stevie Nicks"Landslide"
3Beverly McClellan and Ryan Tedder"Good Life"
4Dia Frampton and Miranda Lambert"The House That Built Me"

Elimination Chart[edit]

Color key:
Artist's info
Result details
Live show results per week
ArtistWeek 1Week 2Week 3Finals
Javier ColonSafeAdvancedWinner
Dia FramptonSafeAdvancedRunner-up
Beverly McClellanSafeAdvanced3rd/4th place
Vicci MartinezSafeAdvanced
Casey WestonSafeEliminatedEliminated
(week 3)
Frenchie DavisSafeEliminated
Curtis GrimesEliminatedEliminated
(week 2)
The Thompson SistersEliminated
Devon BarleyEliminated
Jeff JenkinsEliminated
Jared BlakeEliminatedEliminated
(week 1)
Patrick ThomasEliminated
Lily EliseEliminated
Raquel CastroEliminated

Performances by guests/coaches[edit]

EpisodeShow segmentPerformer(s)TitleHot 100 reactionHot Digital Songs reactionPerformance type
9Semi-finalsMaroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera"Moves Like Jagger"8 (debut)[21]2 (debut)[22]Live performance
Blake Shelton (with Dia Frampton and Xenia)"Honey Bee"15 (+6)[21]11(+8)[22]Live performance
10Semi-finals ResultsCee Lo Green"Bright Lights Bigger City"did not chartdid not chartLive performance
11FinalsPitbull ft. Ne-Yo"Give Me Everything"2 (-1)[23]3 (+1)[24]Live performance
Brad Paisley ft. Blake Shelton"Don't Drink the Water"did not chartdid not chartLive performance
12Finals ResultsPatrick Monahan (with Vicci Martinez)"Drops of Jupiter"did not chartdid not chartLive performance (duet)
Stevie Nicks (with Javier Colon)"Landslide"did not chartdid not chartLive performance (duet)
Ryan Tedder (with Beverly McClellan)"Good Life"9 (+9)[23]12 (+5)[24]Live performance (duet)
Miranda Lambert (with Dia Frampton)"The House That Built Me"did not chartdid not chartLive performance (duet)

The Voice Live on Tour[edit]

In the final episode, Daly announced a summer concert tour. This tour had six stops across the United States, including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Boston, Wallingford and New York. The tour featured the top two finalists from each team, including Javier Colon, Dia Frampton, Vicci Martinez, Beverly McClellan, Xenia, Frenchie Davis, Nakia, and Casey Weston.[25] Out of the six dates, the New York show was a sell-out.[26] However, as overall ticket sales were lackluster, the tour was cancelled in subsequent seasons.[27] In 2014, the tour was resumed from June 21, 2014 to August 2, 2014, including the contestants of the fifth season, the sixth season and the first season contestant Dia Frampton.

Contestant appearances on earlier talent shows[edit]

Reception and TV ratings[edit]

The premiere episode, in what was seen as a relative surprise, was the most watched telecast on the night it aired, garnering more viewers than high-profile competitors Dancing with the Stars on ABC (in persons 18 to 49; DWTS had more overall viewers) and Glee on Fox. The series debut garnered 11.775 million viewers from 9 to 11 p.m. It peaked at 10:45 p.m. with 13.398 million viewers (live+SD).[28]

Rolling Stone's Mallika Rao said of the show's premiere episode, "Could this concept be the best Dutch import since tulips and Eddie Van Halen?"[29] Despite a high viewership in its debut, the show has received mixed reviews on Metacritic, which holds at a 58.[30]

#TitleOriginal air dateProduction
1"Blind Auditions, Round 1"April 26, 2011 (2011-04-26)10111.78[31]
2"Blind Auditions, Round 2"May 3, 2011 (2011-05-03)10212.58[32]
3"Battles: Round 1"May 10, 2011 (2011-05-10)10310.45[33]
4"Battles: Round 2"May 17, 2011 (2011-05-17)10410.01[34]
5"Battles: Round 3"May 24, 2011 (2011-05-24)1058.48[35]
6"Battles: Round 4"May 31, 2011 (2011-05-31)10614.41[36]
7"Quarter Finals: Round 1"June 7, 2011 (2011-06-07)10712.31[37]
8"Quarter Finals: Round 2"June 14, 2011 (2011-06-14)10812.33[38]
9"Semi Finals"June 21, 2011 (2011-06-21)10912.05[39]
10"Semi Finals: Results"June 22, 2011 (2011-06-22)11010.01[40]
11"The Finals"June 28, 2011 (2011-06-28)11112.70[41]
12"Finals: Results"June 29, 2011 (2011-06-29)11211.05[42]



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