For those of you who are looking to try out for the new Mark Burnett produced singing competition series tentatively titled The Voice, NBC released the open audition information today along with some specifics on how the competition will work.

Created by John de Mol, Mark Burnett and Warner Horizon Television, this singing competition will be an American adaptation of Holland’s The Voice of Holland. Considering Fox already has American Idol and the upcoming, highly anticipated X Factor coming up, it’s a good thing NBC's The Voice seems to be taking a different approach in how the competition works to set itself apart.

The series will be broken down into three stages. The first is the blind audition phase, which features contestants as they sing to the backs of the coaches in an effort to impress them with their vocal abilities and be chosen:

During the blind auditions, if a coach is impressed, he/she pushes a button to select the contestant for his/her team of competitors. At this point, the coach’s chair will swivel so that he/she can face the contestant he/she has selected. If more than one coach selects the talent, the power shifts to the contestant, who may choose which coach he/she wants to work with throughout the competition. A contestant is eliminated when he/she is not selected by any coach.


When the singers are teamed up with coaches, they'll mentor the singers, make them over and then pit them against each other in order to narrow down the selection once again.

Once the teams are set, the battle is on. Coaches will mentor the contestants and make them over, and ultimately will transform their superlative voices to allow the singers to become star artists. To help them decide who they want to advance, the coaches will pit two of their own team members against each other to sing the same song in front of a studio audience. Based on this, the coaches will pick who they want to continue developing and who should go home.


The viewers start voting during the final performance phase:

In the 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 select who will move on from each team and who will be eliminated.

At last, each coach will have their best contestant left standing to compete in the finale. From these four, one will be named “The Voice" and will receive the grand prize of a recording contract.


Below is the audition schedule for those of you who think you have the talent to compete.

CHICAGO
Friday, January 14, 2011
Location: Superior St., 2734 W. Superior St.
Chicago, Ill. 60612

NEW YORK
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Location: S.I.R. Studios, 520 W. 25th St.
New York, N.Y. 10001

MIAMI
Friday, January 21, 2011
Location: S.I.R. Studios, 12200 NE 14th Ave.
N. Miami, Fla. 33161

NASHVILLE
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Location: S.I.R. Studios, 1101 Cherry Ave.
Nashville, Tenn. 37203

MINNEAPOLIS
Friday, January 28, 2011
Location: Taylor Sound, 2921 N. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, Minn. 55411

AUSTIN
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Location: Music Lab, 500 E Saint Elmo Rd.
Austin, Texas 78745

LOS ANGELES
Friday, February 4, 2011
Location: CenterStaging, 3350 Winona Ave.
Burbank, Calif. 91504

SEATTLE
Friday, February 11, 2011
Location: S.I.R. Studios, 3631 Interlake Ave. North
Seattle, Wash. 98103

For more information and to register for these auditions, please visit: http://www.nbcthevoice.com/.


The Voice (working title) will premiere on NBC in Spring 2011.

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