NASHVILLE (WRCB) - If you want to be on network television's next reality show you will not have to go far to try out. Producers with NBC are making a stop in Nashville to find top voice talent.

A new reality show, called "The Voice", will feature music industry professionals mentoring singers. As the name indicates, the initial judging will be based more on the contestant's voice with the judges listening to the audition without seeing the contestant.

The singers will compete weekly in front of a panel of coaches. America will decide which singer wins the grand prize of a recording contract.

Auditions will be held Saturday at S.I.R. Studios on Cherry Avenue in Nashville.

Auditioners must be at least 18.

NBC has teamed up with hit-making reality show pioneers John de Mol, Mark Burnett and Warner Horizon Television to bring the show to America in Spring 2011. It is already a hit in Holland.

Critics have said the show will need to a find a way to not be another American Idol copy.
Unlike American Idol, the NBC show will feature 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.  
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. 
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.   
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.
Details for the open auditions are below:
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 
Friday, January 21, 2011
Location: S.I.R. Studios, 12200 NE 14th Ave.
N. Miami, Fla. 33161
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Location: S.I.R. Studios, 1101 Cherry Ave.
Nashville, Tenn. 37203 
Friday, January 28, 2011
Location: Taylor Sound, 2921 N. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, Minn. 55411 
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 
Friday, February 11, 2011
Location: S.I.R. Studios, 3631 Interlake Ave. North
Seattle, Wash. 98103
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