The Voice Premiere: Confusing, But Kinda Fun!

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The Voice, to hear host Carson Daly tell it, premiered Tuesday on NBC as "a singing competition unlike any other, because it puts vocal ability first."

Sort of.

Before we even get to the musical performances on the series the network hopes will coax you away from American Idol, here's how it works ...

The Voice Judges
  1. Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine must each draft eight singers to form a team in the "blind auditions."
  2. The singers come out to wow the coaches, whose backs are turned, with their voices alone. If one of the coaches likes The Voice, then ...
  3. He/she presses a magic button that turns his chair around; if he's the only judge to turn, that vocalist is automatically on his/her team.
  4. If more than one coach presses his button, the vocalist who's being fought over gets to choose which coach he/she wants to work with.
  5. Once each coach has chosen eight singers, he or she personally trains the members of that team to make them better vocalists.
  6. Then comes Round Two, in which each coach is responsible for cutting half the members of his or her team. Gonna be rough.
  7. In its last round, The Voice will start to look a lot more familiar. The 16 remaining singers will perform live. Viewers will vote.
  8. The victor receives $100,000 and a record deal. Yay!

Alright, let's get down to business!

The first hopeful to enter the Voice Box (yup, the call it that) was Tarralyn Ramsey, whose rendition of Faith Hill's "Breathe" moved Xtina and Cee Lo:

Christina ended up with Tarralyn, while Patrick Thomas became the first member of Blake Shelton's team by channeling his inner Tim McGraw:

Vicci Martinez's passionate performance of "Rolling in the Deep" piqued the interest of both Cee Lo and Christina, but she went with Cee Lo.

This one was odd. Anyone remember Frenchie Davis from American Idol? She was kicked off because of a nude pic scandal. Now she's back:

Now Christina's project now, while Kelsey Rey, a brunette cutie who whines about being so darn cute (boo hoo) landed on Cee Lo's team:

Then came Jeff Jenkins, who got ALL "four of the biggest artists on the planet Earth" (Carson loves to say this) to turn around for the first time:

Jeff chose Adam after heated competition. Also piquing interest from all four, and joining Adam, was Javier Colon with this "Time After Time" cover ...

Tje Austin's audition was one of the only times where the "blind" audition really came into play. Watch him below and you'll see what we mean ...

Beverly McClellan, the final singer of the night, landed with Xtina, giving all the judges three hopefuls. Next week, they pick five more. Here's Bev:

What did you think of The Voice premiere? A nice addition to the genre, or a complicated, gimmicky American Idol knockoff? Discuss!

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I think I am addicted to this show now.....love the format...how do you audition for it?

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WHO SINGS OPENING SONG

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I loved this show and am watching again On Demand today. The excitement was strong among the four talented artists/judges. I like that the performers were a bit more seasoned than we are used to seeing in shows like this. I will be back for as much as they can give us. I have to say, I quit watching Idol many years ago. It was heartbreaking during the tryouts and did not hold my interest after that. I loved the many differences between the judges in The Voice, but most of all I love that they all have a few important things in common. They all love music and want to give new talent a chance and seem to be having fun doing this. Best show that has come down the pike in a very long time! ;)

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I love the music and dance format shows. This one has a little twist to it and I like that too. I'm glad we don't have to watch all the people they don't pick also and get straight to the talent! Best of luck to all!

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I hope this show continues as is. The only thing that should matter in a singing competition is ones voice. Kelly Clarkson was the first and only "Idol" to win on talent alone. And look at her now, not riding on "Idol" fame but on her own talent. I don't think Idol fans will pull away but a show based on voice alone is a welcome change.

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I loved it and am looking forward to next week. The best part of this show!! All the singers are good some better. With American Idol you have to listen to soooo many that are just pitiful

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I really enjoyed this show. It's so nice to know these singers actually know how to sing from the get-go, instead of watching hopefuls that have no hope. It will be interesting to see how this plays out! Thumbs up!

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you know what was cool? how there were no bad auditions thrown out there just so the people could get mocked. that takes up so much time on american idol. glad this show is focused on TALENT

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This show is awesome!!!! In some ways better than American Idol especially that it has nothing to do with LOOKS only VOICE!!!!! American Idol is based alot on looks...wahat they call THE WHOLE PACKAGE! Which is bull cause anybody can buy new clothes n get a new look once they r in. TALENT is talent baby...this show ROCKS!!!!

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This show was amazing! And yay Jeff he's a hometown boy from Brazoria County and is amazing!

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It's kind of hilarious! I've never fit into an E-cup before. I look at my husband and go, 'Guess what size this bra is?' And when I tell him, he's just amazed. We keep the tags that prove it, to look back for memory's sake!

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