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Of all the new competitive singing shows on television, The Voice stands out from the crowd. The format of the show is different, the judges/coaches are all famous singers, and it's the most credible of the reality music shows. Following tryouts, The Voice is staged in three rounds: Blind Auditions, Battle Round, and America Votes. The singers appearing on television go through a blind audition. They are judged on one factor - their voice. The judges do not see the singers. That makes the competition more about singing than appearance.

Each judge selects the same number of singers for a team. If a judge presses the button to select a singer, that contestant advances to the next round. If more than one judge happens to buzz in and turn around for the same contestant, the contestant gets to choose a coach.

Once each team is filled, coaches bring in two more professional singers to prepare contestants for the next round. These advisers are also big name celebrities in the record industry. The head coach for each team selects two singers to perform the same song together in the Battle Round. Each contestant practices with one mentor before appearing on stage in a huge boxing ring. After the Battle Round, the team coach eliminates one of the singers.

America Votes is the final round. Singers from each team perform solos and sing with coaches. After voting, one contestant remains for each team. The final four perform and America votes to select the winner.

In addition to the different format, the professionals involved with the show make it highly credible. Host Carson Daly has his own TV show related to music. Blake Shelton is an award-winning country singer. Pop diva Christina Aguilera has collected five Grammies and sold over 30 million albums. CeeLo Green is a producer. He also sings, raps, and writes songs. Adam Levine is the lead singer for Maroon 5. The band has scored top ten hits and Grammy nominations.

One of the biggest factors setting The Voice apart from competitors is respect for contestants. Viewers aren't exposed to bad singers humiliated by judges or exploited by the producers.

Rather than criticizing contestants, The Voice coaches offer positive feedback. They exchange friendly barbs and appear to enjoy working together. Watching the judges interact is part of the entertainment on The Voice.

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  • America has voted and only ten singers will advance to next week's competition.

  • The top 12 perform live.

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